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Belonging Education & Support System Vision Statement

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Vision Statement

Sacramento State’s Belonging Education & Support System (BESS) serves as both the reporting and response mechanism for creating a space of belonging and support. The purpose of BESS is to ensure that all members of the Sac State community can thrive in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and bias. This is fundamental to promoting a civil, respectful, and inclusive community that opposes any act of racism, religious intolerance, sexism, ageism, ableism, trans- and homophobia, or other forms of intolerance.

BESS achieves Sac State’s vision that a coordinated response to incidents of bias secures opportunities for all impacted parties to heal through a compassionate and holistic approach. BESS combines education, personal and professional development, and restorative justice practices with the established anti-discrimination policies found within Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. If we value both an individual and a collective sense of belonging, then we must uphold the rights, safety, dignity, and worth of every member of the Hornet Family. BESS helps establish a living and learning environment where all voices contribute to the transfer of knowledge and experiences that take place on our campus each day. Uplifting the diverse identities represented across campus is a priority and a principal edict of the Hornet Honor Code that all people and living things are treated with respect.

At the core of our university culture, we remain moved by our shared responsibility to care for one another. We understand that to sustain a community where compassion is alive and thriving, members must be motivated by empathy and a willingness to confront crises through acts of reflection and reconciliation. Each student, faculty, staff, and administrative member deserves to learn and grow in an environment free of bias where individuals can share their perspectives; where they can enthusiastically debate; and where they can engage in civilized discourse across differences. However, Sac State acknowledges the potential to bring bias into academic and leadership spaces. Thus, we aspire to not only mitigate existing bias, but to also create a campus culture where people can affirm differences and freely offer fuller expressions of self, identity, and various worldviews.