Principles of Community Statement

San Diego State University, a multi-campus, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) located on the lands of the Kumeyaay Nations and part of the US-Mexico transborder region, is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do. Our community of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family honors the inherent value of all individuals. We strive to foster a scholarly environment that supports and is enriched by our intersectionality, diverse traditions, cultures, languages, perspectives, and experiences. The SDSU Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that embodies this commitment, and reflects the ideals we seek to uphold.
  • We promote a culture of inclusion in which all are valued and treated with respect, dignity, and fairness so that they may thrive.
  • We acknowledge that imbalances of power, accessibility, equity, and privilege persist in higher education and in society and are committed to addressing and dismantling these imbalances.
  • We affirm that freedom of expression and academic freedom are integral to the mission of the university and to its students, faculty, and staff while rejecting all forms of violence and discrimination.
  • We respect the right of every individual to think, speak, and discuss any idea in the spirit of advancing knowledge when expressed in a manner that promotes dignity and understanding.
  • We condemn racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other forms of discrimination across all our campus communities and extend the critical notion of inclusivity towards all cultures and identities
  • We honor shared governance among students, faculty, staff and administration as a foundational element to our university -- a forum where justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion allow us to meet challenges with innovative solutions, educate and learn with curiosity and compassion, promote respectful dialogue, and make meaningful discoveries.
  • We value our differences, and take pride in the impact of our educational, research, and scholarly mission.
  • We appreciate the service of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to our campus, region, state, country, and global community.
We embrace a culture of excellence and promote the success, growth, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. We recognize our  individual responsibilities to the university community and the principles that advance it in everything we do. We will each commit to positive actions that affirm learning and growth for all members of the community.
Developed by the Strategic Planning Activity 39 Working Group