Our Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus

Diversity Matters

As a native of the San Joaquin Valley, I was raised to appreciate that the rich tapestry of diversity that defines the region is one of our greatest strengths. I am proud that the diversity of Central California is strongly reflected in Fresno State's students, faculty, staff and administrators. It is essential to our academic excellence.

We are dedicated to reducing any barriers to success that come from race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, sex, national origin, color, linguistic diversity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, geographical region, personality, learning styles, life experiences and other human characteristics.

The President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity (PCHRE) supports acceptance and fairness at all levels of the University. Fresno State is an institution where exploring the diversity of thought and discouraging marginalization is valued as a means of enriching knowledge and critical-thinking. The Commission developed a comprehensive plan to make sure this commitment is understood across our campus.

As an engaged University, we focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all.

As President, I am committed to maintaining a campus known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior. The University must be safe and inclusive. We do not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination or intimidation, as prohibited by University policy and state and federal civil rights laws.

Our efforts depend on the continued dedication of every member of the University community. We are all responsible for upholding these core objectives while working and learning at Fresno State.

Joseph I. Castro, President