The Division of Diversity and Innovation

“Where diversity and inclusion are the drivers of innovation and excellence”

Vision Statement

The Vision of the Division of Diversity and Innovation (DDI) is to advance diversity and inclusion as the drivers of innovation and excellence; thereby, fostering a community where students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all backgrounds and identities can succeed and feel at home.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Division of Diversity and Innovation is to elevate and celebrate inclusive excellence through equity-driven innovations that build and sustain structures, practices, and cultures that advance the welfare of all peoples while honoring the institution’s identity as a Hispanic Serving Institution and residence on Kumeyaay land.

Divisional Goals

The Division works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations and organizational structures, while facilitating an integrated vision and shared responsibility for prioritizing and advancing institutional goals. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion through:

  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
  • Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff and alumni of all backgrounds;
  • Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty and staff; and
  • Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.

Who We Are

The Division collaborates closely with, and serves as a resource for, campus leaders and the University Senate, to integrate matters of equity and inclusion into all aspects of University life. The programs and initiatives housed in the Division of Diversity and Innovation include:

The Center for Inclusive Excellence:

  • Professors of Equity
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s)
  • Inclusive Research Excellence
  • Presidential Scholars

Faculty Excellence:

  • Inclusive Faculty Recruitment and Retention
  • Building on Inclusive Excellence
  • Target of Inclusive Excellence
  • Academic Labor Relations

Identity Centers:

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Lounge
  • Black Resource Center
  • Center for Intercultural Relations
  • Center for Transformative Justice
  • Latinx Resource Center
  • Mind, Body, and Spirit Center(s)
  • Native Student Resource Center
  • PRIDE Center
  • Women’s Resource Center

Interfaith Affairs:

  • Religious Advisory Boards
  • Interfaith Council
  • Inclusive Food Initiative

Regional Affairs:

  • Tribal Relations
  • Aztec Culture Education
  • Latinx and Transborder Affairs

Structural Engagement:

  • The Equity Council: Liaisons from each of the University Divisions and auxiliaries
  • The Inclusion Council: Liaisons from each of the academic colleges