Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council
Cal Maritime is guided by its founding mission to educate and develop exceptionally
competent cadets for progressively challenging leadership careers within the global
maritime profession and beyond. During their career progression, Cal Maritime graduates
will have the opportunity to live, work and promote positive change within richly
diverse cultures. Thus, as future leaders, it is critical that Cal Maritime cadets
and graduates develop and possess a worldview in which diverse ideas, opinions and
people are heard, acknowledged, accepted and honored.
In support of the mission critical principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council (DEI Council) is intended to lead Cal Maritime’s efforts to develop and prepare cadets to thrive and succeed as agents of positive growth and change in their communities and places of work. As such, the DEI Council will work collaboratively to educate and prepare Cal Maritime’s faculty and staff in the principles, importance and applications of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice so that they may best inform, encourage and support the cadets in their personal development and career journeys. Please see our DEI Council Charter for more information.
Spring 2024 events and collaborations (tentative plan):
Council Co-Chairs: Meagan Nance* & Julie Simons
*Ex Officio Members
Principles of Community
California State University Maritime Academy is committed to promoting an environment that supports every member of our community in an atmosphere of mutual respect, fairness, cooperation, professionalism and leadership. Cal Maritime expects that every campus member will practice the following Principles of Community.
- We affirm each individual's right to dignity and strive to maintain a climate of respect and justice as cornerstones of our campus community.
- We are a community comprised of individuals with multiple cultures, lifestyles and beliefs. We celebrate this diversity for the breadth of ideas and perspectives it brings.
- We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.
- We affirm the right to freedom of expression. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality and respect.
- We believe that active participation and leadership in addressing the most pressing issues facing our local and global communities are central to our educational mission.
- We acknowledge that our society carries historical and divisive biases, and we promote awareness of these biases through education and constructive strategies for resolving conflict.
- We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all. We are committed to promoting and supporting a community where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of bias and discrimination.
2006: President Eisenhardt forms a Diversity Task Force to assess diversity on campus and make recommendations to improve diversity-related outcomes
June: The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Accrediting Commission
for Senior Colleges and Universities, issues a letter to President Eisenhardt that
is in response to an accreditation review and site visit. The letter recommends improving
recruitment of diverse students and faculty as well as making the campus climate more
welcoming for all stakeholders.
Start of the Fall semester: The Committee on Unity and Diversity is formed.
December: Report of the Committee on Unity and Diversity is issued. Many recommendations are made including for assessment, curriculum changes, leadership programs, training, publicity, and more.
2010: Principles of community are created; name changed to Unity Council.
2012: President Cropper establishes a new Unity Council charter .
2021: The Council is renamed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council with a newly revised charter that focuses on 3 key aspects - dialogue & programming, education & training, and climate assessment & policy.
2022: The Council now has a faculty co-chair.
The DEI Council typically meets every month on Zoom.
2023-24 meeting dates:
Ten Commitments of a Multicultural Educator from EdChange.org
University Ombuds Program - The Cal Maritime Ombuds Program enhances the university environment by providing an informal, confidential, neutral, and independent avenue for resolution of University-related concerns, conflicts, or disputes which are not covered by collective bargaining agreements or cadet regulations. This voluntary program offers early availability for dispute-resolution outside of traditional formal grievance process.
Resources for Gender Equity in the Classroom and On Campus
Web Sites For Culturally Inclusive Educators
Other Student Organizations
Campus Resources for Students
Non-discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan
Cal Maritime complies with federal and state laws relating to non-discrimination, affirmative action, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
In accordance with its commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, Cal Maritime has developed a written affirmative action plan, which the University applies to ensure the CSU systemwide policy and guidelines on nondiscrimination and affirmative action are accomplished (see Executive Orders 1096 and 1088). The most recent Affirmative Action Plan is available here.
Applicable Policies for Employees
CSU Executive Order 1088—Systemwide Guidelines for Affirmative Action Programs in Employment
CSU Executive Order 1096—Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Employees and Third Parties and Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Allegations by Employees and Third Parties
CSU Executive Order 926—The California State University Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations
Applicable Policies for Students
CSU Executive Order 1111 - The CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations
CSU Executive Order 1095—Implementation of Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, and Related Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Legislation
CSU Executive Order 1097—Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Systemwide Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints by Students
CSU Executive Order 1098—Student Conduct Procedures
International Policies, Treaties, Protocols, and Declarations of Diversity and Human Rights
The DEI Council welcomes and values feedback from members of the campus community. Please direct any comments or concerns directly to the council via email (DEICouncil@csum.edu)