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Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Fresno State is committed to equal educational and employment opportunity for all, regardless of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or veteran status. Fresno State's academic mission is boldly educate and empower students for success. An education at Fresno State is for many students the key to accessing the tools and opportunity to lift themselves from poverty. The University's Strategic Plan recognizes that the entire campus is strengthened by attracting, developing and retaining talented and well-qualified individuals to support and broaden Fresno State's cultural richness and enhance its vitality and reputation.

Fresno State Initiatives to Reduce Inequality

Fresno State strives to create and sustain a campus environment that supports and values all members of our community. Over 20 gender inclusive restrooms are available throughout campus.

Originally established at one of our sister campuses and implemented at Fresno State, Project Rebound provides support for students and potential students who were formerly incarcerated. The program focuses on reducing recidivism and victimization by helping establish pro-social pathways.

The Lil Bulldog Boutique was created to be a clothing resource for students with children and is designed to both lighten the financial burden of purchasing clothes and improve the sense of belonging for student parents at Fresno State. 

Students who are enrolled in classes at Fresno State can receive up to one box of free diapers (sometimes more depending on the demand) each month for any diaper-wearing child in the household. 

The President's Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (PCEDI) supports acceptance and fairness at all levels of the University. The Council developed a comprehensive Diversity Plan to make sure this commitment is understood across our campus. PCEDI hosts a number of workshops throughout the academic year as well Conversations That Matter (i.e., weekly conversations that focus on issues of social justice, diversity, inclusion, and other current and relevant issues facing our campus and society). 

Initiated in 1994, with support from the National Science Foundation, the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSULSAMP) Program is a comprehensive statewide project dedicated to increasing the graduation rate among students who have faced or face social, educational or economic barriers, attending Fresno State and the other 22 campuses within the CSU System, studying for baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

The Educational Opportunity Program and Special Support Programs provide an array of services to support firstgeneration and economically disadvantaged college students. These services are designed to create an environment that fosters a sense of community, promotes integration into the university, encourages use of campus resources, and guides students to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. 

The Office of Black Student Success (OBSS) is committed to providing supportive services that foster the transition and integration of Black students into the University as they achieve academic and personal success. 

The Dream Success Center is dedicated to serving our Dream students by offering services designed to foster a sense of belonging as they navigate and thrive at Fresno State. The center provides orientations, academic advising, and monitoring. 

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students work with an Access Specialist to identify resources for their academic success, including reading/alternate media course materials, assistive technology, testing services, interpreting and captioning services, as well as note-taking services. 

As a federal contractor, California State University, Fresno develops a written affirmative action program for women and minorities in compliance with Executive Order 11246 ("EO 11246"), for disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans ("Veterans") in compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974 (38 USC 4212), as amended ("VEVRA"), and for individuals with disabilities in compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Rehab Act").

Fresno State is committed to providing a supportive work environment. To ensure equal access and opportunity, Fresno State provides reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities.

CSU requires a Statement of Economic Interests (California Form 700) to be filed by any Consultant (or Contractor) who is involved in the making or participation in the making of decisions which may foreseeably have a material effect on any CSU financial interest as well as all management personnel.

Fresno State contracts with vendors who use fair labor practices. As outlined in the CSU General Provisions for Service Acquisitions, by accepting a contract with CSU, the Contractor certifies that no equipment, materials, or supplies furnished to CSU pursuant to this Contract have been produced in whole or in part by sweatshop labor, forced labor, convict labor, indentured labor under penal sanction, abusive forms of child labor or exploitation of children in sweatshop labor, or with the benefit of sweatshop labor, forced labor, convict labor, indentured labor under penal sanction, abusive forms of child labor or exploitation of children in sweatshop labor. The contractor further must certify that it will adhere to the Sweat-free Code of Conduct as set forth on the California Department of Industrial Relations website located at, and Public Contract Code Section 6108.

Staff positions are placed into compensation classifications based on a review of the job's duties and responsibilities in relation to established criteria. Employee-initiated and/or manager-initiated requests for adjustments to the compensation (whether it be within or between classifications) are made according to requirements and procedures established through the collective bargaining process. 

The Workplace Quality Taskforce, composed of faculty and staff from across campus, is dedicated to addressing workplace quality. Survey results from 2019 have been used to examine our strengths and assess areas that require focus and action. The results are shared with units, schools and colleges to facilitate the development of action plans to address areas for improvement. 

The California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success (CSUCCESS) program provides first-year and transfer students a free Apple iPad bundle to help with their studies. This CSU system-wide initiative aims to improve technology equity and enhance student achievement. 

The CSU system-wide Graduation Initiative 2025 organizes system-level work to improve student success. By eliminating/minimizing equality gaps among students, GI 2025 is designed to improve degree-completion rates which will in turn lead to a diverse workforce in California. 

Fresno State's Career Development Center is a full-service center that provides students resources to help with choosing a major that lends itself to students future career goals, as well as career assessments, resume training in writing and interview skills and internship and career opportunities. In an effort to capitalize on student success, the Career Development Center also holds job fairs, recruiting events and professional networking events. These are conducted both on a university-wide as well as college-specific levels.

Fresno State follows a system-wide guide to identify and prevent conflicts of interest.

Fresno State ensures that activities and practices on campus do not create potential for conflict of interest or nepotism. A detailed Policy on Nepotism outlines the definition and campus procedure for situations where a conflict of interest may arise. Campus procedures for dealing with potential nepotism/conflict of interest extend to not only employment matters but also to funded research projects.

The 23-campus CSU system's audit strategy is to look for risk areas after consultation with key Chancellor's Office and campus personnel in all divisions. The list of risk areas is updated annually, and a set of audit areas is derived. Currently two areas are selected for each campus and conducted by Internal Audit, which reports findings to the CSU Board of Trustees Audit Committee.

Fresno State is audited by the state auditor's office, which targets issues and programs at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement. It also audits programs experiencing major challenges associated with the economy, efficiency, or effectiveness.

Fresno State goes through annual audits of our Financial Aid grants and this year's Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) award to ensure we are following their rules and regulations as well as sound business practices. These audits are done by the external financial auditors KPMG.

Fresno State is audited annually by KPMG who certify our financial statements are materially accurate. This involves inquiries of how we arrive at the numbers but also if we have had any known incidents of fraud or misuse of funds by employees, etc.

Fresno State's whistleblower policy ensures that employees, former employees and/or applicants for CSU employment who wish to report alleged improper governmental activity at Fresno State can file their complaints with Fresno State's Human Resources Department without threat of retaliation.

The CSU Travel and Business Expense Reimbursements Policy states that CSU pays or reimburses for travel-related expenses that are ordinary, reasonable, not extravagant and necessary to conduct official University business. All expense reimbursements and business travel arrangements must comply with University policies and procedures, prudent accounting practices, and applicable collective bargaining agreements. Effective June 2021, Assembly Bill 1887 bans the use of public dollars for travel to states with laws discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The Institute for Media and Public Trust is guided by the First Amendment, and the need to discuss ethics, values and transparency. The Institute believes strongly that a well-informed citizenry will improve civic engagement and participation in our democracy.

The Institute for Leadership and Public Policy conducts policy-relevant research and offers student training and career development to inspire public leadership in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Students also learn to understand the leadership challenges facing society today, conduct scholarly work around issues of public leadership and governance, and learn best practices while exchanging ideas with experienced leaders and scholars.

The Ethics Center supports ethics education across the curriculum, including projects in professional ethics, character education and civic education, as well as research on contemporary social issues, ethics pedagogy and ethical leadership. The Center seeks to understand and promote ethics across the curriculum and within communities and is committed to the preparation of students for personal and professional integrity, citizenship and ethical leadership.