Valuing Diversity

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

The College of Education (COE) at San Diego State University is committed to implementing and sustaining a responsive, safe, and supportive learning environment for all. Accordingly, we are committed to partnering and working in collaboration with community agencies and organizations that embrace this mission, particularly with regard to educating and serving students from all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, religions, ages, social classes, socio-economic statuses, documentation statuses, physical and cognitive differences, political views, and veterans statuses.

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. 

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. 


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.

With just $25, you can make a gift that will help COE continue to promote diversity efforts today and well into the future. Learn how.