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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)


The FDC 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.


The FDC created a site highlighting empirically supported pedagogical and curricular practices shown to reduce course level equity gaps, while also improving student learning overall. One of the resources is a two-part online asynchronous course, Equity Pedagogy Module (EPM), designed by our faculty for our faculty.

Equity-Minded Teaching Site


Students in our classes have a variety of invisible circumstances that can impact their learning including:

  • 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

Pronoun Guidance

As a University we continue to work to provide an inclusive classroom experience and campus environment for all people. As such, CSUF has 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 more  about how faculty can make these changes.

Faculty and staff can  use this guide  to view a few ways pronouns will appear in Canvas. You can also view the  student guide  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?


Often students in our classes have invisible circumstances that they are unaware of or choose to not share including:

  • Low vision, but not blindness; difficulty looking at a screen for extended periods of time
  • Difficulty hearing, but not deafness

For these and other reasons, an important aspect of equity and inclusion is ensuring that course content and materials are accessible.

FDC Accessibility Page

The FDC compiled a list of top resources to get you started or help you continue down the path of accessibility.

Accessibility Resources

Need More Help?

CSUF's Academic Technology Center supports staff and faculty making documents and instuctional materials accessible and compliant with the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) by providing trainings and consultations.