Diversity in Action...          
An online newsletter from the Office of  Diversity and Inclusion
at California State University, Chico.

Issue 2

October 15, 2012  

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October 17-19:
18th Annual CELT Conference on Learning and Teaching
            -Diversity Track

October 18
 Doc Severinsen & the San Miguel 5 - Latin Jazz
7:30pm | Laxson Auditorium

October 24
 Inclusion and Mental Illness: How Stigma Shuts Out Students
Noon | BMU 210

October 26
 Strategic Diversity Leadership: Inspiring Change and Transformation in Higher Education (Webinar)
10am - 11:30am | Colusa Hall 110

The Office of Diversity at Chico State is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff are included in campus events and activities to ensure their success.  Together we can foster a climate that acknowledges and celebrates the differences that define who we are.



Travon Robinson

CSU, Chico Office of Diversity

Kendall Hall 110


National Coming Out Day  



National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is recognized internationally and celebrates individuals who publicly identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.


The day is held every year on October 11 to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community. This year's theme is "Come out. Vote."


The LGBTQ community celebrates the holiday in a variety of ways, including parades, rallies, holding open information booths, as well as showing off LGBTQ pride.


LGBTQ pride can come in all shapes and sizes, including what a person wears and what messages people put on signs, not to mention LGBTQ symbols such as the rainbow symbol and pink triangles.


NCOD was established in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, the head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. October 11 was chosen as the date to celebrate because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.


At first, NCOD was only recognized in 18 states in the U.S. However, after 1990, NCOD was recognized in all 50 states.


Support for the LGBTQ community continued to grow from that point forward. Later in 1990, NCOD joined the Human Rights Campaign Fund.


The Human Rights Campaign sponsors NCOD events in the U.S. and provides useful resources for the LGBTQ community.


Resources are also extended to straight individuals to raise awareness of LBGTQ families and the LGBTQ community.


In 2011, President Obama spoke at the Human Rights Campaign dinner about the progress we've made the past few years.


"Every single American: gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender. Every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society," said President Obama.


NCOD has also created their own Facebook application so that your friends and family can see that you support the LGBTQ community and its cause for equal right of all Americans.


The application allows you to drop a pin of your location on the nationwide map to show where exactly people are fighting for equality this election.


If you support the LGBTQ community and its cause for equal rights this election then this Facebook application is the thing for you.


With the election right around the corner, the time to support the LGBTQ community is right now. It is encouraged that all advocates come show their true colors this time around.


For more information on NCOD please visit the website, http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day?gclid=CLmgwu_58bICFWjhQgodQlgAiQ







National Disability Employment Awareness Month




National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is recognized every October. It is a national campaign with the aim to raise awareness of disability employment issues in the U.S.


This year, the theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What can YOU do?"


NDEAM was first recognized in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." Seventeen 

years later, in 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.


Finally, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.


NDEAM has been led by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), since 2001.


In January, 2012, ODEP and US Customs and Border Protection signed an alliance agreement to advance President Obama's executive order to increase the hiring of people with disabilities by federal agencies.


"Today's alliance is an opportunity for ODEP and CBP to demonstrate disability employment practices that will not only result in increased hires at CBP but easily can be replicated by other federal agencies seeking to fulfill the requirements of their executive order plans," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for ODEP, Kathleen Martinez


ODEP offers several resources for organizations, schools, and employers and encourages participation in NDEAM in all communities.


These resources include social media content, a sample NDEAM participation press release, a sample NDEAM proclamation, NDEAM articles, and the NDEAM poster (offered in both Spanish and English).


NDEAM has an education program, the California Teaching Program, designed to help shape the next generation. It offers jobs in both private and public schooling.


The teachers hired learn how to develop lesson plans, present information to children of varying backgrounds and abilities, and master the latest techniques, technologies, and trends in the teaching and education industry.


NDEAM also provides valuable resources on how your organization can participate. These resources include ideas for employers/employees, ideas for educators and youth service professionals, ideas for associations and unions, ideas for disability-related organizations, and ideas for federal agencies.


For more information on NDEAM, please visit this website, http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/.










The Office of Diversity at Chico State would like to thank you for your attention to issues involving the community.  If you have any questions, would like to read a particular topic in a newsletter or would like to comment on past newsletters, please e-mail us at  

diversityoffice@csuchico.edu.  Thank you and we look  

forward to your comments!

This publication is produced by Ryan Corbett on behalf of the Office of Diversity at Chico State.