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Eclectics II—Diversity 2021 (Open to the Public)

Alternate Wednesdays • 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. • [Zoom]

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Eclectics Diversity Series: Focusing on diversity in our community including presentations from our CSUF faculty, staff, students and community leaders.

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

Check out the presentation that we made for the Spring 2021 Open House.




Institute for Black Intellectual Innovation

January 20

Speaker: Natalie Graham 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” inspired listeners with no small measure of passionate discourse to partner in active commitment against the enduring legacy of racism in America. Fifty-two years later, we are painfully aware that this work is far from done. The African American Studies department at California State University, Fullerton is determined to expand our efforts to dismantle institutional racism through the establishment of The Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation (IBII). Black faculty and students face significant historical and contemporary barriers to retention, wellbeing, and achievement. IBII at CSUF is a cross-campus and community-minded initiative to institutionalize the support and inclusion of Black people, culture, creative arts and intellectual history at California State University, Fullerton and throughout Orange County. This institute will facilitate innovative research opportunities and publications; provide mentorship and student engagement; showcase creative arts performances; and partner with community stakeholders to host events that develop cultural competency.

OC Human Relations

February 3

Speaker: Alison Edwards, CEO of Orange County Human Relations

Alison Edwards will share information about "Orange County Civil Rights: A History of an Enduring Struggle for Equality,” which explores 150 years of local civil rights history and honors the extraordinary contributions of residents whose work had local and national impact in bringing justice and equality to Orange County and the United States.

Lifestories—Told by Three Successful Asian American Women

February 17

Speakers: Susie Woo, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies; Emily S. Lee, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Department of Philosophy; and Hathiya Chea, Coordinator of Asian Pacific American Resource Center, CSUF

Susie Woo, Emily Lee and Hathiya Chea will share with us their life experiences as successful Asian women living in the U.S.

Mindful Intercultural Communication for Personal Relationships

March 3

Speaker: Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, Ph.D


In this session, you will learn the foundation of mindful intercultural interactions in personal relationships. This workshop style session involves learning the current understanding of mindfulness and intercultural communication, the reasons why mindful intercultural communication is a valuable skill, and the official mindful intercultural communication model with various embedded fun and educational activities!

Project Rebound

March 17

  Speakers: Dr. Brady Heiner, Associate Professor of Philosophy and JC Cavitt , CSUF Project Rebound alumnus

Project Rebound is a program designed to support the higher education and successful reintegration of students with an incarceration experience. Established at CSU Fullerton in 2016, the CSU Project Rebound Consortium now supports programs at 14 CSU campuses throughout the state. Fullerton is the lead administrative campus for this network of programs that brings opportunity and wraparound support to some of the most disadvantaged students in the state. Project Rebound has a zero percent recidivism rate, and Rebound Scholars on average academically outperform their traditional student peers. Dr. Brady Heiner is an Associate Professor of Philosophy who is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Rebound at CSU Fullerton and now the Chair of the CSU Project Rebound Consortium. JC Cavitt is a CSUF Project Rebound alumnus (’19) and is now earning a Masters of Social Work from CSU Long Beach. Cavitt is also the Housing Coordinator of the first transformative housing community for formerly incarcerated university students in the nation. Heiner and Cavitt will discuss how CSU Fullerton is leading the state and the nation in leveraging the power of public higher education to provide second chances and build stronger, safer communities.

March 31


No class

Going for the Gold: How I Trained Titans to Win the First Emmy       

April 7

Speakers: Jesus Ayala, Professor of Broadcast Journalism & Multimedia and Faculty Advisor, Al Día & Tusk TV

This year CSUF celebrated a momentous milestone when eight titans beat out students from 112 universities to win the prestigious College Television Award. The winning team traveled to Tijuana last winter to report on the arrival of the migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border and other border issues as part of an advanced reporting seminar reporting on “Minorities of the Southern Border.” The course was the brainchild of Jesús Ayala, a Lecturer in the Department of Communications. In this talk, Professor Ayala will discuss how he integrated his background in journalism, political science and ethnic studies to meticulously prepare his students, and how instructors can elevate a routine course and turn it into a transformational experience.