Since 2017, Fresno State has been engaged in a discussion around Principles of Community: How We Treat Each Other. Faculty and staff submitted more than 2,600 responses via an online poll and nearly 30 focus groups explored these principles further, helping to articulate the behaviors associated with the primary themes that emerged. Thank you to all who participated in this collaborative process.

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Principles of Community: How we treat each other

 Last Updated: 1/15/19

We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversityand Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success." These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be.


To approach interpersonal interactions with collegiality and integrity, we strive to...

  • value all employees and welcome their contributions.
  • listen with attention to all perspectives with the intent to understand.
  • consider the impact of our communication.
  • honor our word and commitments.
  • maintain confidentiality and privacy as appropriate.


To foster a sense of belonging and demonstrate compassion, empathy, care, and concern, we strive to...

  • contribute to making Fresno State a welcoming community for all.
  • use words thoughtfully and be mindful of our actions.
  • assume good intentions.
  • acknowledge the contributions of others.
  • be patient and supportive.


To work together to achieve common goals, support the greater good and embrace Fresno State's mission, we strive to...

  • build relationships to create a positive work and learning environment.
  • communicate to engage and be supportive of each other's goals.
  • consider diverse ideas and opinions.
  • participate fully as a team member, do our share and make space for others to shine.


To hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable for behaviors and outcomes, we strive to...

  • clearly communicate expectations and, when appropriate, jointly develop goals and objectives.
  • explain the purpose of decisions and actions.
  • share honest, meaningful feedback in a timely manner and receive feedback with an open mind.
  • own responsibility for our behaviors and actions.

University's Definition of Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, language, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation/sexual identity, country of origin, and ability status as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.

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