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The Faculty Development Center is committed to furthering cultural awareness and responsiveness among faculty at CSUF and to providing programming to support the needs and growth of all faculty and students. The FDC’s work in this area not only supports CSUF’s strategic goals of supporting the success of our students, including those from historically underrepresented groups, but also the recruitment, development, and retention of a high-quality, culturally diverse faculty, and the creation of a sustainable inclusive environment at CSUF. 
Each semester, the FDC’s Faculty Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion Matt Englar-Carlson, Professor in the Department of Counseling, brings together faculty guest speakers and facilitators for our diversity and inclusion programming. Matt organizes a brown bag lunch-time diversity series and coordinates book club faculty learning communities that address complex topics such as intersectionality, oppression, White privilege, social justice and action in the classroom, and developing the cultural responsiveness needed to support all at CSUF.




An important aspect of equity and inclusion is ensuring that course content and materials are accessible. Students in our classes have a variety
of   invisible   circumstances that can impact their learning.

Some of these circumstances include the following:

  • Attention or comprehension problems because of an emotional hardship or learning disability
  • Using a single device, like a phone or a tablet, for doing all of their digital coursework
  • Familial or other work obligations outside of school
  • A long commute to and from campus
  • Homelessness, or food or housing insecurities
  • Low vision, but not blindness; difficulty looking at a screen for extended periods of time
  • Difficulty hearing, but not deafness
  • Both the   Academic Technology CenterOpens in new window   (ATC) and   Online Education and TrainingOpens in new window   (OET) provide resources to support faculty in creating accessible content.


As a University, we continue to work to provide an inclusive classroom experience and campus environment for all people. As such, the FDC, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Programs, Student Affairs and Information Technology have taken steps to ensure that faculty, staff and students have the option to list gender pronouns across online campus platforms (e.g., Canvas and PeopleSoft). We hope these options will make it easier for faculty, staff and students to identify their gender to our campus community.     Learn moreOpens in new window     about how faculty can make these changes.

Faculty and staff can     use this guideOpens in new window     to view a few ways pronouns will appear in Canvas. You can also view the     student guideOpens in new window     for adding preferred names.

If you are unfamiliar with pronouns or simply want to learn more about the significance, we encourage faculty to learn more by visiting the LGBT Queer Resource Center’s Educational Resource page:     What are Pronouns?Opens in new window

FDC Faculty Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion

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Matt Englar-Carlson
Professor, Department of Counseling

Content Resources 


Academic Technology Center  


Online Education and Training   


Faculty Learning Communities



Since 2015, the Faculty Development Center has coordinated book club Faculty Learning Communities focused on issues of identity, cultural responsiveness and inclusion.
Spring 2020
Educated by Tara Westover
The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Abraham Jack
On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Fall 2019
White Fragility: Why Is It So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalistby Eli Saslow
How to Be and Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi 
The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese Singh
Spring 2019
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee
A Lucky Man: Storiesby Jamel Brinkley
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Soraya Chemaly 
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray McKesson
Fall 2018
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo 
Spring 2018
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele 
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli
Fall 2017
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock
Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee
Spring 2017
Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories edited by Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
Fall 2016
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennie Capo Crucet 
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Spring 2016
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude Steele
Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glenn Singleton & Curtis Linton
Fall & Spring 2015
Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glenn Singleton & Curtis Linton

Digging Into Diversity

This interactive speaker series invites the campus community to bring a lunch, listen to an engaging speaker, and build ones's cultural empathy. Attendees should increase their own awareness about the particular issue, gain fresh insights and ideas, meet other faculty and staff members, and learn some new skills to take back into the classroom or office. Each workshop can be applied towards the FDC INCLUSIVE certicate on diversity and inclusion in teaching.

Past Workshops include:
Unpacking White Privilege
Trauma-Sensitive Pedagogies: Approaching Difficult Topics in the Classroom & Office Hours
Gender Identity and Pronoun Use