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Diversity and Innovation

"A proud Hispanic Serving Institution residing on the historical lands of the Kumeyaay"

The Division of Diversity and Innovation supports all members of our community and condemns the rise of hate-fueled violence, such as the recent tragedies in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy.

Division of Diversity and Innovation

The Division of Diversity and Innovation (DDI) is focused on building the inclusive excellence of SDSU’s students and faculty, fostering a welcoming campus climate, the quality of the SDSU student experience, and enhancing diversity within the pathways through higher education. The Office maintains a close working relationship with and serves as a resource for campus leaders on matters of inclusion and diversity, and works with the University Senate. DDI works proactively to facilitate an integrated vision and shared responsibility for advancing institutional goals and for fostering and affirming a campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 Faculty and Staff Goals

  • Recruitment of faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse students and communities served by SDSU;
  • Fostering an environment of inclusion for faculty and staff from underrepresented groups;
  • Enhancing the career pathways of faculty and staff from underrepresented groups; and
  • Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.

 Student Goals

  • Recruitment of students who are representative of the rich diversity of region and the world.;
  • Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Increasing the pathways of diverse students in and through higher education; and
  • Enhancing the retention and success of students from diverse backgrounds and communities.



University Diversity Policy

  1. Diversity: Diversity shall be an essential consideration in all university policies and decisions, and shall be guided by the following statements that shall be published in staff and faculty handbooks, in the University Policy File, in the University General Catalog, the Bulletin of Graduate Affairs, the IVC Bulletin, and linked from the Mission and Goals section on the main University web homepage.
    1. San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity, and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals. This fundamental commitment to diversity 1) enriches the institution and provides an atmosphere in which all human potential is valued, 2) promotes learning through interactions among people of different backgrounds and many perspectives, and 3) better enables the university to prepare all members of its community to promote social responsibility, equity, freedom, and productive citizenship in a global society.
    2. Diversity means not only the opportunity for all groups to be represented among faculty, student, staff, and administration but also the support for these persons as they seek the highest achievements. Attitudes, actions, programs, and policies that foster diversity engender the vigorous exchange of ideas, enhance respect and consideration for individuals and groups, strengthen the understanding of our mutual dependence, and form the core of the university. Diversity promotes enriched learning and produces positive educational outcomes for all.
    3. Vigorous efforts to increase the diversity of the faculty, staff, administration, and students shall continue as a high priority, and as access increases, the university will create changes in its environment that enhance the opportunities for the success of all members of the campus community.
    4. The university shall cultivate a campus climate that promotes human dignity, civility, and mutual appreciation for the uniqueness of each member of our community. Because the university’s educational goals are founded on the values of intellectual honesty, appreciation for diversity, and mutual respect, it is critical that our academic and co-curricular programs, scholarships, courses, workshops, lectures, and other aspects of campus life reflect diverse perspectives. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence against persons or property is a basic right and is requisite for learning. Freedom of speech shall be protected. By the same token, the campus community shall denounce and confront acts of intolerance, abusive behaviors, and the beliefs and past events that have separated us as a people.