Celebrating LifeLong Learning

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Week of Inclusive Excellence

The Office of University Diversity proudly announces the Week of Inclusive Excellence at CSU East Bay from Monday, January 17 - Friday, January 21, 2014. We have scheduled many interesting events throughout the week, more than a few of them of particular interest to faculty and staff in their support of student success. Below is a brief summary. For more detailed information and registration, visit the Office of University Diversity: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/about/diversity/

Monday, February 17, 2014

Week of Inclusive Excellence Kick-Off Event

President Leroy Morishita and Chief Diversity Officer Dianne Woods will help us to launch the week’s events by sharing our advances and challenges in meeting our aspirations for Equity, Diversity, Access & Success. We’ll also hear from Michelle Xiong, President of ASI, and Corey Gin, Director of LEEP. Special guest performances will be provided by The Aphasia Tones.

When: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Where: New University Union
Note: A light breakfast will be provided. RSVP:

An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Kim Lacks, Henrietta Lacks‟ granddaughter, and David Lacks Jr., grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks, will speak about their grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her important contribution to science.

When: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: University Theatre
Note: The only available tickets are for the overflow room in the New University Union Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Environment: Results of the 2011-2012 Diversity Survey

Participants will gain an increased understanding of diversity and cultural sensitivity issues on campus and in the classroom and will hear the suggestions of students, faculty and staff regarding creating a respectful and inclusive environment at CSUEB.

Presenters: Dianne Rush Woods, University Diversity Officer, University Diversity Office; Sarah Taylor, Social Work; Kim Geron, Political Science

When: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Biella Room
Note: No reservations required.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The African Origins of Human Intelligence

HOW DID WE GET HERE? Our ancestors sprang from populations in sub-Saharan Africa that existed between about 100 and 250 thousand years ago. Rapid evolution produced Homo sapiens from Homo erectus. Our technology exploded during this evolutionary transition, with several apparent African ‘firsts’ and subsequent spreads of technology into Eurasia. We became human in Africa, and the African „firsts’ don’t stop with the initial spread of some Homo sapiens into Eurasia.

Dr. Yonatan Sahle, postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley‟s Human Evolution Research Center, has recovered the earliest projectile points in the world. Come hear him explain what they tell us about our intellectual origins … and grapple with the challenges they pose to our understanding of human evolution.

When: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: University Theatre
Note: Admission is free, but please register for tickets.

Wednesday - Thursday, February 19 -20, 2014

Tunnel of Oppression

This program is designed to create an awareness of various forms of oppression and its effects within society, and specifically, our campus community. Participants are guided through an interactive and engaging experience that includes a variety of experiential role-play scenarios, video clips, and activities designed to expose participants to racism, heterosexism, domestic violence, body issues, ableism, and other forms of oppression.

The goals in designing this program are to encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore personal beliefs and values about diversity, to encourage discussion about oppression and its effects, to enhance the cultural sensitivities of the university community, and to design effective strategies for confronting and ultimately transcending prejudice, stereotypes and general misconceptions.

Faculty and Teaching Assistants are encouraged to schedule class visits. To do so, please email preferred date and viewing/visiting time and number of students to
dcsocialjustice@csueastbay.edu so that we may accommodate accordingly.

When: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (both Wednesday and Thursday)
Where: New University Union, Multipurpose Room

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beyond the Deficit Model: Enhancing Latino Student Engagement
Marcos Pizarro, author of Chicanas and Chicanos in School

Dr. Pizarro will share models and strategies for supporting successful course completion for Latino(a) students and move toward increasing our overall graduation rate. This workshop focuses on identifying the critical needs of the faculty and providing some support to increase their strengths in working effectively with Chicano(a) students.

Pizarro works with Chicana/o students at various stages in their schooling and tries to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies that might aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and create social justice in their communities.

Refreshments will be served.
When: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Biella Room

Islam and Hip Hop: Amer Ahmed

Amer F. Ahmed is a scholar, intercultural diversity consultant, and college administrator. He is also an acclaimed spoken word poet and Hip Hop activist. Why is there such a huge overlap between Hip Hop and Islam?

In exploring the history of Islam in Black America, the pervasiveness of Muslims in Hip Hop becomes less surprising. This session will unveil a historical continuum of Islam in relationship to the Black oral tradition of rhythmic storytelling.

When: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Diversity Center, New University Union

Friday, February 21, 2014

Best Practices for Intercultural Communication and Diversity Pedagogies
Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey

Research has highlighted that the educational expectations of international students are as diverse as those of domestic students (Biggs, 2003; Ryan, 2005). These students can range, for example, in academic ability, English language proficiency, motivation, educational experiences, as do many of the local students. However, there are some conclusions we can draw about the particular challenges facing international students that distinguish their experiences from those of domestic students. These include the challenges of:

  • Learning and living in a different culture;

  • Learning in a foreign university context;

  • Learning while developing English language proficiency; and

  • Learning the academic disciplinary discourse.

This seminar will focus on methods for modifying the curriculum to provide support and success for international students who comprise approximately 10 % of our student populations by:

  • Internationalizing the curriculum

  • Making lectures accessible

  • Creating opportunities for small group work

  • Adopting an educative approach to plagiarism

  • Supporting students in developing critical thinking skills

  • Explaining assessment expectations

  • Creating coursework that allows international students to present as authentic cultural experts.

When: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: New University Union Multipurpose Room
Limited RSVP:

International Student Panel

This workshop will open with a panel discussion by and about CSUEB international students. Panelists will discuss specific academic and social challenges they have faced on our campus; campus resources and pedagogical strategies that have helped them be successful; and suggestions for increasing inclusiveness.

There will be two students from China, one student from Japan, one student from Saudi Arabia, and one student from Korea. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with panelists.

When: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: New University Union Multipurpose Room
No reservations required.

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9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind

9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent

Join author/teacher Stefania Shaffer in January as she shares her wisdom and experience with one of the most important topics facing many adult children: taking care of your elderly parent. 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind is a non-fiction narrative of what every adult child should expect when coming home to care for your elderly parent until the very end. This book answers the question 45 million adult children are worrying about this year: What will happen when Mom or Dad can no longer care for themselves? Chronicling the author’s experience of moving back home after nearly a decade away, the author’s first realization that her mother could not be alone in her own house anymore was sobering indeed.

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Where: Biella Room

Register your interest: http://goo.gl/pWPejt

Note: After her presentation, Stefania’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

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CSU East Bay/LEEP runners make a big showing at the 2013 Berkeley Half Marathon/10K!  Go Pioneers!

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All Natural Bath Salts and Sugar Scrubs


Learn to make quick, mineral rich and skin soothing bath salt mixes and sugar scrubs. The bath salts are a combination of multiple types of mineral rich salts from around the World. They also include organic dried lavender, calendula and/or chamomile flowers and topped off with a dash of soothing and relaxing essential oils. The sugar scrubs work well for the face and the body to remove dead skin to stimulate new healthy skin growth by adding nutrient rich oils and essential oils that reveal a radiant and fresh you.

What: All Natural Bath Salts and Sugar Scrubs

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 12 - 1 p.m.

Where: MI 3051

Instructor: Maricela Garcia-Flores

Registration: http://goo.gl/YZ2YdA

About the Instructor: As a busy full-time working mother, Maria knows how hard it can be to find the time to indulge yourself with a full spa day, vacation or even a full nights sleep. Finding even a moments time in a busy day to take a breath, appreciate the day, eat a good meal and feel good about life are ways that she is able to contribute to living a holistic and happy lifestyle. Creating bath and body products has allowed her to revisit her creative side while producing a high quality product that she loves. Everyday, she is able to enjoy a mini spa venture in her in own home.

Maricela is also the Owner of Peaceful Indulgence, L.L.C. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University, East Bay and is working towards her Masters degree in Holistic Health Education with a certification in Holistic Nutrition from John F. Kennedy University.

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The Golden State Road Warriors came to the Hayward campus to share their talents with the CSU East Bay community.

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Discovering You

In this workshop, we’ll explore our emotional and personality styles and how they impact our work and personal lives. By knowing more about how we interact with the world, we can better create interactions and situations that will support our happiness and success as well as our effectiveness in our roles at the university. We all carry personal prejudices and biases. By being curious about them, we can better meet others where they are, as individuals rather than ideas.

When: Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: LI2250
To indicate your interest, please fill out the following form: http://goo.gl/MOv56A

About the instructor : Marissa Baumann is in love with the journey of being human. She has always been curious about the internal processes that we all go through each and every day as we move through the world, as well as the way we interact with others. All of her workshops are focused on different ways of noticing how we move through the world and how we can use that information to improve our experience of life.

California State East Bay’s mission statement asks us to be passionate about our jobs, continually growing and asking: How can I better serve my students and community today? She believes that the process of continued self-discovery underlies all that we are asked to do in our roles in this university environment. By looking to ourselves first, we can better effect change and progressive growth from the inside out.

Marissa holds a Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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The Golden State Road Warriors and CSU East Bay

The Golden State Road Warriors, who have been practicing at CSU East Bay since last spring, will put on a demonstration to the faculty, staff, students and community in celebration of Disability Awareness Month. Come learn more about how these incredible athletes play wheel chair basketball at the highest levels.

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 12 - 1 p.m.
Where: Recreation and Wellness (RAW) Center gym

All are welcome to attend.

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Video of the Warren Hall implosion on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at approximately 9:00 a.m.