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Episode 20 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion…What does that mean?

First Generation - One of Many 04/06/2021 253

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    Episode 20 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion…What does that mean?
    First Generation - One of Many

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion…What does it all mean? 

Every student has a different background from their peers, and all carry different identities. When there is one institution they attend, how are they made to feel accepted and welcome? With the help of our guests, students and staff of color, we discuss our identities on campus and how that has impacted and continues to influence college life. 

Our Guests

Selena Thao

Selena is a 4th year student currently majoring in Pre-Social Work and double minoring in Multicultural Gender Studies and Gender and Sexualities Studies. She aspires to become a Social Worker or someone who works with youths from a disadvantaged background. Selena also works as a paraprofessional for the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center and is a Student Liaison for the Asian and Pacific Islanders Council at CSU, Chico. Selena aspires to create transformational opportunities for students and believes in the potential of its students and empowering them to create the change they wish to see in themselves. 

Marvin Herrera

Marvin Herrera is first generation college student. Who is from Southern California (Orange County), and his major is Social Work.  He really enjoys the outdoors and during the summer and enjoys going to the bear hole and salmon hole. 

Lilliana Mitchell

Lilliana is a 3rd year Psychology Major with a double minor in Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Diversity Studies. She is from Sacramento, CA born and raised, but  loves the slow and steady pace of living Chico. Some of her favorite things about Chico are all of the amazing trails to walk and hike and also spending time by the river. She is excited to start my last year of my undergrad in the Fall and hope to finish out super strong. After I graduate I would like to start working in my career field as a Juvenile Counselor for high school students and youth that are incarcerated. One thing I appreciate about Chico State is the opportunities that I’ve received through staff/ faculty and my peers, as it’s helped me progress with my goals. 

Brianna Ellis

Brianna was born and raised in the Chico community, graduating from CSU, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Social Science. After graduating, she moved onto San Diego State University, earning an M.A. in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Brianna has worked in a variety of university support programs throughout her career, including transition and orientation programs, tutoring and academic support, leadership and student programming, and works closely with historically underserved populations, guiding students to success throughout the college process. She is currently completing a PhD in Education from Oregon State University. 

Malcolm J. McLemore

Malcolm was born in Sacramento and raised in Washington State. He came to Chico as a transfer student and student-athlete on the track team. Malcolm graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration. He then received his Master of Science Degree in educational leadership from the University of Rochester before returning to work at Chico State in 2011. Since then, Malcolm has held positions in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, and Student Life and Leadership. Additionally, he is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from the University of California, Davis. In his role, Malcolm provides oversight and responsibility for the Center’s programmatic development, management, and success initiatives. This also includes coordinating the Men of CHICO program focused on academic retention of historically underserved men of color. 

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