Sep 15, 2013
Humboldt State University will introduce this week its first-ever Diversity Resource Guide, a comprehensive collection of campus and community resources available to HSU students.
Compiled by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion with input from various campus departments, the HSU Diversity Resource Guide is designed to serve as a reference tool for students as they navigate the various programs, resources and services available to them both on- and off-campus.
“Although there are an enormous amount of resources available, it can be hard to find them,” said Melissa Meiris, Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “A lot of our students are first-generation students— the first in their families to come to college—and don’t necessarily know where to look for support. This guide lets them know that there are academic, social, professional, and community resources out there if they need them.”
The 90-page booklet is divided into sections representing various student communities on campus: Asian American/Pacific Islander, Black/African-American, Latino/a, LGTBQ, Native American, Students with Disabilities and Student Veterans. An introductory chapter outlines the resources available to all students.
Each section includes information about on-campus resources, such as community events, clubs, academic programs and scholarships, and off-campus resources such as specialty grocery stores, restaurants, faith organizations and businesses. Each section also includes the names and contact information of HSU staff and faculty who self-identify as allies for particular communities.
The guide was compiled using input from various campus departments and student focus groups. Participating departments included the Educational Opportunity Program, Housing and Residential Life, HSU VETS, INRSEP, ITEPP, the MultiCultural Center, Safe Space, and the Student Disability Resource Center, among others. Student focus groups centering on the needs of underrepresented students on campus also provided important feedback, Meiris said.
HSU has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity. Recently, the university released the HSU Campus Diversity Plan 2013+, a comprehensive tool for increasing and monitoring diversity and student success on campus. Since 2009, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion has produced the annual Campus Diversity Report, an ongoing assessment of campus diversity initiatives.
The Diversity Resource Guide is available online at humboldt.edu/diversity and will be delivered to department mailboxes later this week.