EastBay Today

Posted January 6, 2017

Week of Inclusive Excellence Celebrates Diversity

The Jan. 17-20 celebration includes a series of speakers and events

Cal State East Bay will host a series of speakers and events next week during its annual Week of Inclusive Excellence. The week, which kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrates the university’s culture of diversity and inclusion.

Tuesday, Jan. 17:

Kickoff breakfast (8 a.m., University Union, multipurpose room):

CSUEB President Leroy M. Morishita will start the week off with a breakfast for faculty and staff that will include a presentation of the results of the 2016 Campus Climate Survey. There will also be music, poetry and special presentations. Please note: this event is for faculty and staff only.

Author presentation (noon, University Union, multipurpose room):

Author Zakiya Harris is a cultural architect, artist and educator, and will lead attendees in a discussion about how negative environmental impacts, particularly in communities of color, require all of us to be “environmentalists” and how we can reframe various issues to design and build a better future.

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

Author presentation (2 p.m. and 5 p.m., University Theatre):

Author José Ángel N. will give two presentations about his autobiography “Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant,” which tells of his life living as an illegal immigrant in the U.S. Please note: the 2 p.m. presentation is only open to students.

Thursday, Jan. 19:

Author presentation (noon, University Union, multipurpose room):

Author Neil Nakadate will give a presentation on his memoir “Looking After Minidoka” which blends the stories of his family with the history of three generations of other Japanese Americans.

George Washington University professor presentation (2 p.m., University Union):  

Dr. Arshad I. Ali will present on his five years of ethnographic research with Muslim youth in Southern California and New York City. Topics will include a discussion about the ramifications of police infiltration and monitoring of Muslim high school and college students following the Sept. 11 attacks. Ali will discuss how young Muslims utilize social, cultural and political literacies to understand the opportunities they have for participation in American democracy and civic life. 

Student panel “In Our Words” (4 p.m., University Union, multipurpose room):

Asian Pacific Islanders make up about 50 different ethnic groups, speak more than 200 languages and dialects, and their countries cover a vast geographic region. However, they are often grouped into one monolithic category. One in every four students at Cal State East Bay identifies as API, yet according to the office of Diversity and Leadership and Employee Wellness, their student experience remains largely neglected. This panel will feature current students who represent various Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander populations.

Friday, Jan. 20:

Alumnus presentation (noon, University Union, multipurpose room)

CSUEB alumnus and professor Victor Rios will discuss his findings from 10 years of research with “juvenile delinquent” and gang-associated boys. His book “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys,” was recently featured in “The Nation” as a “Must Read.” Rios will discuss his research with activists in Ferguson, Mo., and the role of social control in determining the wellbeing of young people living in urban marginality.