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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. Matt Englar Carlson

Matt Englar-Carlson

Professor, Department of Counseling
FDC Faculty Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion

Digging Into Diversity

This interactive speaker series invites the campus community to bring a lunch, listen to an engaging speaker, and build one’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 workhop can be applied towards the FDC INCLUSIVE certificate on diversity and inclusion in teaching.

Past workshops include:

  • Unpacking White Privilege: A Personal and Theoretical Examination on its Effects, Causes, and Remedies.
    • This talk unpacks the concept of White privilege (or majority culture privilege) using personal anecdotes situated within the scholarly research on this topic.  Dr. Boutakidis will explore how the personal and institutional interrelate across various settings (academics, law enforcement, family and peer) , how White Privilege must be harnessed in the fight for equity, and how a frank discussion must be engaged regarding the challenges that this poses.
    • When Powepoint and White Privileage Collide 
      • In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into a recent turbulent situation in a classroom with effects that rippled across an institution and the country. Ripped from the headlines, this is the case of a Georgia Southern University first-year student who gave a PowerPoint presentation on the white supremacist ideology of replacement theory in his English composition class. What would you have done as an instructor in this situation? We will discuss culturally-minded tools that faculty can use before, during, and after a classroom crisis like this. Participants will also have the opportunity to role-play using the new techniques they learn during the workshop.
      • Gender Identity and Pronoun Use  
        • This training will provide participants general understanding on the concepts of gender, gender identity, biological sex and highlight the differences between gender and sexuality. Foundational concepts and terminologies will be introduced to great a better understanding of language and how it aids in the creation of safer environment for LGBTQ+ individuals. Finally, the training will also provide best practices on how incorporate pronoun usage in your day to day interactions inside and outside the classroom. 
      • Trauma-Sensitive Pedagogies: Approaching Difficult Topics in the Classroom & Office Hours
        • Every semester, our students ask us for help as they face problems such as housing crises, food insecurity, physical and sexual assault, addiction, mental illness, racism, ableism, and homophobia. CSUF faculty must be prepared to take action and offer students accessible support. This workshop will provide resources for building trauma-informed classrooms, teach faculty members active listening and conflict mediation strategies, outline on-campus resources for students facing crises, and describe faculty responsibilities in their roles as mandatory reporters. The session will conclude with a break-out session on improving learning environments for students with disabilities.


Faculty Learning Communities


Faculty Learning Community: Teaching for Social Justice
Interested in incorporating social justice into your classes?  In this FLC you will:
Explore research, theory and practice related to teaching  or social justice in undergraduate, graduate, and applied settings.
Examine contemporary issues of equity, diversity & social justice in your discipline
Learn curricular and pedagogical strategies for integrating social justice topics

Develop a social justice-oriented applied learning experience, assignment, or module.


Faculty Learning Community: FDC Book Clubs 

Since 2015 the Faculty Development Center has coordinated book club Faculty Learning Communities focused on issues of identity, cultural responsiveness, and inclusion. Titled

Encouraging Conversation about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion these small groups using fiction and non-book books to create direct engagement and community building with a specific focus on cultural relevance to CSUF. In these FLCs participants explore their own beliefs about diversity, gain knowledge about how cultural identity influences higher education, and learn new skills for the classroom and workplace. Each FLC provides books and associated readings as a way of digging deeper into a specific content area. Run as a book club each FLC encourages participants to reflect on their engagement with the material and examine how the contents of the book teach about ourselves and our work at CSUF in the classroom, with colleagues, and in the larger community.

Previous book offerings:
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 Nationalist by 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: Stories by 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



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Campus Organizations

In addition, the FDC partners with other organizations and units on campus to provide educational events, community-building opportunities, and mentoring opportunities to support the growth and retention of our diverse faculty throughout the year. Our partners include:

African American Faculty and Staff Association
Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association
Chicano/ Latino Faculty Staff Association
CSUF Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion
Pride Alliance 
Office of Graduate Studies
Office of Research Development (ORD)
Researchers and Critical Educators (RACE)Opens in new window
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SOAR (Latina/o Graduate Students SOARing: Strengthening Opportunities, Access and Resources at CSUF)



Diversity Fatigue is Real - article featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Edocrine Disruption, Environmental Justice and the Ivory Tower - TEDx Talk by Tyrone Hayes 

Racial Justice Syllabus - Duke University

Student Pronouns and Preferred Names: Class Rosters the Promote Belonging and Inclusion - CSU Office of the Chancellor Professional Development Archives