Staff Dialogues

The Campus Climate Conversations series features events throughout the year that provide opportunities for staff to engage in authentic dialogue about our campus, with a focus on equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

Upcoming Events


Stay tuned for upcoming events! In the meantime, we welcome your questions (or requests or ideas!) for the working group at [email protected]

Previous Event Highlights

Juneteenth Celebration – The event featured a keynote address by Dr. David B. Green Jr., assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. President William A. Covino and Interim Vice President for Administration and CFO Queen King offered opening remarks. The celebration also included educational activities, conversations, and a performance by African Soul International, a nonprofit arts and education organization that specializes in the dances, rhythms, and cultures of Africa and Africans of the Diaspora. 

Pride Celebration – June is pride month, a time when the nation acknowledges and celebrates the resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community in its struggle for equality and freedom. The feeling of belonging—or being valued, heard, and accepted—can lead to higher motivation and satisfaction within the campus environment. Pride month is not only a time to celebrate but also to further educate LGBTQIA+ community members and allies. This event featured information stations about pride and LGBTQIA+ topics, and an opportunity to decorate your Cal State LA swag with various pride colors to share your pride (or allyship) throughout the year! 

Lunch and Learn: DEIB in the Media - This Lunch and Learn event explored diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in media. This was the second event in the lunchtime conversation series hosted by the Staff Working Group on Belonging, Community, and Diversity. During this Lunch and Learn discussion, we used examples from TV shows, movies, and social media to explore issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia that we may also observe or experience as staff. We engaged in group discussions to explore ways to “call someone in” versus “calling someone out.”

Lunch and Learn: Black History Month and Book Club Introduction – The kickoff for the Lunch and Learn series on Feb. 17, 2023, including a brief introduction to the Lunch and Learn series and the staff book club, followed by a fun game of CSU-inspired Black history trivia over lunch from a local Black-owned restaurant. The books for this semester are So You Want to Talk About Race and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria.

Campus Climate Conversations: Belonging – The feeling of belonging—or being valued, heard, and accepted—can lead to higher motivation and satisfaction in the workplace. On Dec. 2, 2022, staff gathered to reflect on their overall sense of belonging at Cal State LA. The event was an opportunity for staff to discuss this topic and connect with fellow staff members through authentic dialogue about our campus.

Lift Every Voice: Campus Climate Experiences – Juneteenth – Staff gathered on June 30, 2022, to reflect on the insights shared during the CSU’s Inaugural Juneteenth Symposium

CSU Juneteenth Symposium Livestream Watch Parties – On June 15-16, 2022, staff watched the CSU’s Inaugural Juneteenth Symposium at watch parties in the Student Services Building and the University Club. 

Juneteenth Symposium livestream sign