Valuing Diversity

On this page:  Explore some of the ways in which SDSU's College of Education promotes diversity and works to ensure equal access to higher education.

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Diversity statement

San Diego State University and the College of Education are dedicated to creating an environment of diversity and inclusion on our campus. To further this process, the college employs strategies to recruit diverse groups of applicants for our undergraduate and graduate-level programs.

Serving diverse students

Photo: Two SDSU graduatesSDSU is dedicated to ensuring equal access to higher education for students of all backgrounds. SDSU's diversity-related achievements and programs include the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status.

Approximately 58% of the individuals admitted into our teacher credential programs in 2013-14 were students of color. 


Preparing school psychologists for a diverse nation

Each year, SDSU produces one of the nation’s most diverse cohorts of school psychologists. Over 80% of our school psychology graduates come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Promoting college success for men of color

The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), housed in the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), is an SDSU initiative that partners with community colleges and other institutions to enhance access, achievement, and success among minority male college students. 

Photo: Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood

Partnering with community colleges across the United States, Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood are working with higher education institutions to empower minority male students.

Promoting biliteracy and biculturalism

A variety of COE departments have engaged in initiatives to advance biliteracy/ multi-literacy, and biculturalism/multi-culturalism. Students in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education led one such initiative.  Student Alexandra Hunt acquired a Student Success Fee Award to host “Voice Your Language: A Forum on Multilingual Education in California.”  The forum brought together nationally respected researchers in intensive work with students, faculty members, and community representatives.

Building respect for students with disabilities

Photo: Teacher helping students in classroomEach semester, over 700 undergraduate students learn to better appreciate the uniqueness of individuals by taking GS 420: Disability and Society. Students describe the course as “life changing” as they become more aware of the strengths, needs, and circumstances of individuals with disabilities. 

Strengthening cultural proficiency

The College of Education has launched a certificate program in cultural proficiency. The program builds the capacity of educators to respect, appreciate, and interact with individuals from a wide array of cultural backgrounds while emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions educators must possess in order to maximize the success of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators: Organizes and Promotes Cultureal Proficiency Through Training and Education

The student population in our schools becomes increasingly diverse, many teachers need professional development to build cultural competencies: the skills and awareness related to issues such as culture, language, race, and ethnicity. The Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators was formed to address this need. Its goals are to provide current research-based information on cultural competencies that will help inform the design of professional development.

Making a world of difference

SDSU College of Education students continue traveling to other nations, learning about diverse cultures and languages, providing meaningful service, and making a positive difference for students around the world. In 2014–15, 233 College of Education students participated in international experiences. Students participated in educational and service experiences in Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, the Netherlands, and a number of other countries. 

Photo: SDSU Liberal Studies students pose in front of pyramid ruins in Belize.

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