CSUMB Awareness campaign “Strength through diversity” aims to reinforce our ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence. Stories, social media posts and special events throughout the academic year will celebrate diversity and highlight the many identity groups represented by the students, faculty, staff and alumni who make up the CSUMB community. . June is LGBTQ+ pride month.
CSUMB Otter Cross Cultural Center or OC3 released the following statement to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month:
“California State University, Monterey Bay celebrates the power, resilience, and joy of LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, administration, and surrounding communities. As we celebrate Pride Month, we recognize the importance understand the role that multiple systems of oppression play in access and power.
“We invite reflection on the origins of Pride and commemorate the pivotal contributions of Black and non-Black transgender women of color to advancing the struggle for equality. It is because of the activism of individuals such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in response to systemic violence and policing that Pride Month exists for us to celebrate.We thank them and other activists for their labor of love.
“We also want to recognize that the upliftment and honor of the LGBTQ+ community extends beyond Pride Month. We must continually center LGBTQ+ voices, experiences and successes both within CSUMB and the wider community. We appreciate the brilliance of LGBTQ+ communities and continue the journey and fight forward.”
OC3 partners with campus and community members to serve as an advocate for social justice by building bridges between communities, identities and intolerance. The center sponsors events and provides support and resources to the LGBTQ+ community throughout the year.
This includes CSUMB’s Rainbow Graduation Ceremony, one of eight Affinity Graduation Celebrations held each spring to honor the achievements and experiences of graduates from historically underrepresented communities. Available resources can be found at CSUMB LGBTQ+ Resource Guide and LGBTQ+ Books at the OC3 Library.