California State University, Sacramento

Based on real user feedback and statistics, no longer supports Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Skip to Main Content


Story Content

Well-received showcase highlights Sac State’s progress toward antiracism and inclusion goals

Mia Settles-Tidwell, Sac State's vice president for Inclusive Excellence, at the podium, was among the speakers featured during a March 25 showcase event highlighting the University's Antiracism and Inclusion Campus Plan progress. (Sacramento State/Edward Harimoto)

Sacramento State planted the seeds for creating a campus committed to antiracism and inclusion more than five years ago, opening an office dedicated to that ambitious task.

President Wood addresses a crowd at the antiracism showcase event.
During his keynote, President Luke Wood discussed Sacramento State's antiracism progress, a stark contrast, he said, to that of other states where diversity and inclusion programs are under duress. (Sacramento State/Edward Harimoto)

Since then, the campus has watered those seeds, launching and refining programs and policies that foster a sense of inclusion and belonging.

Now it is harvest time, said Mia Settles-Tidwell, the University’s vice president for Inclusive Excellence, on Monday, March 25, at a Sac State event celebrating some of the results of those efforts.

“It’s one thing to talk about it, and another to be about it,” Settles-Tidwell said. “This campus decided to be about it.”

At the daylong showcase, students, faculty, staff and administrators shared practices that demonstrate the University’s commitment to achieving its diversity, antiracism and inclusion goals. The efforts are guided by a comprehensive campus plan created with campuswide input and released in 2021.

“This was all of our work, and we took it up as such,” Settles-Tidwell said at the well-attended event in the University Union Ballroom. “It took all of us.”

Research projects, services, programs and initiatives highlighted at the showcase included those focused on bridging the digital divide, raising cultural competency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), elevating the legacy of Black women at Sac State, increasing academic achievement among first-generation students, and embracing Asian and Pacific Islander culture at the University.

Sacramento State President Luke Wood, the morning’s keynote speaker, told an audience of hundreds of people that inclusion and diversity programs are facing increasing scrutiny and backlash in several other states.

“We are living during one of the greatest attacks on civil rights in higher education” in recent history, he said. These include closures of Department of Equity and Inclusion offices, harsh criticism of ethnic studies programs and political outcry about discussions of racial injustice and civil rights in college classes.

Several presentations were part of a recent antiracism showcase.
The event included several speakers, demonstrations and other activities, such as the one pictured, to allow attendees the opportunity to learn more about Sac State's antirasim and inclusion progress and goals. (Sacramento State/Edward Harimoto)

The showcase’s discussions about hate, racism and social justice demonstrate that Sac State is on a much different track, Wood said.

“What is the story we want to tell about Sac State?” he asked. “We should be an ambassador to students in all of these other states” where diversity and inclusion programs are under duress, Wood said.

Sac State has work to do to achieve its lofty goals, he said.

“But despite our faults, we have much to offer on the national stage,” he said, citing the University’s status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, an ANIPISI Serving Institution, and the home of the nation’s first Black Honors College.

Two Sac State student leaders, Veronica Boulos and Isabella Jimenez, shared their experiences with the audience. They credited the University for helping them to fully embrace their ethnic backgrounds and feel less isolated.

At Sac State, “I learned to not push my culture away, and welcome it in,” said Boulos, who helped found the Arab Student Union on campus.

“It’s really important that we take these steps in higher education,” Jimenez said of the showcase. “They allow students like me, and those after me, to feel respected and represented.”

Share This Story

url copied!

About Cynthia Hubert

Cynthia Hubert came to Sacramento State in November 2018 after an award-winning career writing for the Sacramento Bee. Cynthia believes everyone has a good story. She lives in East Sacramento with her two cats, who enjoy bird-watching from their perch next to the living-room window.

Editor's Pick

Media Resources

Faculty/Staff Resources

Looking for a Faculty Expert?

Contact University Communications
(916) 217-8366