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CSUSM Celebrates Diversity Awareness Month in October

By Cathy Baur

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will celebrate Diversity Awareness Month in October with a series of events and lectures designed to highlight diversity on campus.

"Diversity Awareness Month was established to create greater awareness and understanding of diverse and underrepresented communities, and to develop an appreciation for the diversity that enriches our campus," said Arturo Ocampo, associate vice president for diversity, educational equity and inclusion.

Ocampo adds that while diversity should not be relegated to just one month, focusing on the subject for a targeted period of time allows the university community to refresh its commitment to its values of diversity, educational equity, inclusiveness and social justice.

Diversity Awareness Month will officially kick off on Tuesday, October 7 with a presentation by President of the Morning Star Institute and award-winning Columnist Suzan Shown Harjo, titled “Clasping Hands Across Cultures for Unity and Strength – a Discussion on Cultural Appropriation.” A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the University Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. 

For a complete listing of events, visit the CSUSM Diversity Month website: Diversity Awareness Month.