USU hosts cultural welcoming


Courtesy of CSUN USU

Danielle Tranter, Reporter

In light of not being on campus this semester, CSUN’s University Student Union is hosting a three day, virtual “Cultural Welcomes” event. The series began Tuesday and will continue Wednesday and Thursday aimed to familiarize students with their campus community.

Each session is dedicated to the Latina/o/x, Asian American and Pacific Islander, American Indian and Black communities, which are in collaboration with the American Indian Student Association and the Black Leadership Council.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to connect with each other over Zoom and learn more about the campus resources available to them, as well as actions the university is taking to ensure success among their diverse student body.

In a letter to the campus community late last month, President Dianne F. Harrison emphasized that “CSUN has taken significant steps to prioritize and advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence.”

The USU’s “Cultural Welcomes” event is just one of the university’s efforts to encourage a more inclusive campus. Amid an era of great social change, hosting events like these is just one thing CSUN is doing to keep students connected. These initial Zoom sessions introduce new and returning students to their cultural communities away from home, inviting them to get more involved as the school year moves forward.

Not only is the university encouraging community involvement and cultural engagement, they’ve created a Campus Action Plan to serve their underrepresented communities, especially the Black community. The first objective of this action plan is to “create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all,” Harrison said. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to CSUN’s mission to enable students to realize their educational goals and to promote their welfare and intellectual progress.”

The Zoom meeting IDs and passwords are provided on the event’s page:

Tuesday, Sept. 8: Latina/o/x 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 9: Asian American & Pacific Islander 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10: American Indian 12-2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10: Welcome Black 6-7:30 p.m.

For more information, check out the USU’s website:“cultural-welcomes”-—-welcome-black