Mission Statement

The faculty, staff, administrators and students of California State University, Stanislaus are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment which encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative and social horizons. We challenge one another to realize our potential, to appreciate and contribute to the enrichment of our diverse community and to develop a passion for lifelong learning.

To facilitate this mission, we promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty, encourage personalized student learning, foster interactions and partnerships with our surrounding communities and provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural and artistic enrichment of the region.

Vision Statement

California State University, Stanislaus strives to become a major center of learning, intellectual pursuit, artistic excellence and cultural engagement for California's greater Central Valley and beyond. We will serve our diverse student body, communities and state by creating programs, partnerships and leaders that respond effectively to an evolving and interconnected world.

University Values

To achieve our mission and vision:

  • We inspire all members of the campus community to demand more of self than we do of others to attain new knowledge and challenge assumptions.
  • We challenge one another to be fully engaged, responsible citizens with the ethics, knowledge, skills and desire to improve self and community.
  • We value learning that encompasses lifelong exploration and discovery through intellectual integrity, personal responsibility, global and self-awareness, grounded in individual student-faculty interactions.
  • We embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice as vital components of educational quality.
  • We are a student-centered community committed to a diverse, caring, inclusive, respectful learning-focused environment that fosters collegial, reflective and open exchange of ideas.
  • We, as students, create the collegiate experience through initiative, participation, motivation and continual growth to meet the demands of self and others.
  • We, as faculty, elicit, nurture and enhance the different voices of ourselves, students and communities through deliberate engagement, continual discovery and ongoing transformation.
  • We, as staff and administrators, contribute to an inclusive learning environment by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and values that serve and support the University's mission.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

California State University, Stanislaus is a collegiate community that serves a diverse population of students, faculty, staff and administration. These facets of diversity encompass, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, creed, religion, age, social class, socio-economic status, physical and cognitive differences, political views and veteran status. The University is intent on engaging with all of its community members in meaningful ways that support the values and strengths that each individual brings to this campus. In building a community inclusive of everyone, more than recognition, tolerance, acceptance, and celebration are required; Stanislaus State also strives to teach, incorporate, mediate and promote issues of diversity that go beyond the surface.

The ways in which the University actively embodies diversity include:

  • Offering courses that are centered on or incorporate material for our diverse student, faculty and staff populations, as well as educating us about one another.
  • Recruiting and hiring administrators, faculty, staff and students to create a diverse campus community through employment practices and faculty/staff development opportunities.
  • Recruiting and hiring faculty who are passionate about and committed to (l) sharing, as appropriate, course materials reflective of underrepresented histories and cultural issues; (2) participating in discussions related to these matters in the classroom on a regular, rather than occasional, basis; (3) honoring the complex diversity of this region; and/or (4) engaging colleagues and students in teaching and learning that promotes dialogue, critical reflection and action focused on human dignity and worth.
  • Encouraging, organizing, funding, and promoting workshops, trainings, clubs, lectures, forums, orientations and other events that allow our community of students, administrators, staff and faculty to come together to learn about and support one another and discuss experiences, understandings and values en masse.
  • Assembling services, activities and committees that continually gauge the ways in which diversity is honored and promoted on campus and in neighboring communities.
  • Offering targeted methods of outreach toward the recruitment, retention and graduation of a diverse student body.
  • Understanding that creating an inclusive community is an ongoing project, thus always requiring reassessment.

Through these various strategies, California State University, Stanislaus seeks to do more than merely acknowledge its invaluable members and local constituents. We wish also consistently to demonstrate equity in status, rights and opportunities through the establishment of purposeful conversations that inspire our students to reach out to each other and beyond. This thread of respect should also resonate through the attitudes of campus administrators, students, staff and faculty. The University believes this type of environment will continue to attract and to retain a socially-just image of what we represent and who we are.

Approved by the Academic Senate on April 18, 2017
Approved by President Ellen Junn on May 31, 2017

Updated: June 18, 2024