Division of University Engagement

A Message from the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

As we near the end of 2020, with the most contentious presidential election in modern history now behind us, the second wave of the Coronavirus surging around the world and more than 250,000 deaths in the US, and the historic global racial justice movement in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, if there is one word that can describe this year, that word is “unprecedented.”  In the field of ophthalmology, 20/20 is considered perfect vision in measuring how clearly one sees. And as the well-worn adage states, “hindsight is 20/20,” as we look back at the year 2020, while we have witnessed countless examples of selflessness, heroism, and sacrifice by healthcare and essential service workers in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the diversity and unity reflected in the masses of protestors calling for an end to systemic racism, we must acknowledge and confront the deep racial, social, political, and cultural divisions that this unprecedented year has made so conspicuously vivid.

And while the differences evident in our nation are undoubtedly reflected on our campus, it is incumbent that the CSU community come together and work collectively, with respect and appreciation for our differences, to address and overcome these unparalleled challenges. In that regard, as CDO, since June I’ve co-chaired two university-wide task forces; the CSU Police Review Task Force and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Both task force, comprised of CSU campus stakeholders and members of the broader community, are nearing completion of their work. As we approach 2021, the work of these respective task forces, in conjunction with that of the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and University Engagement and our campus partners, will be essential to creating an inclusive, equitable, and just environment that enables all CSU students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community to be their authentic selves and excel, by valuing our multifaceted diversity and honoring our common humanity.

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Respectfully,​​​​​​​

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn

Interim Chief Diversity Officer &

Associate Professor of Urban Studies

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”

Yours in Solidarity,
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Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn,
Chief Diversity Officer,
Associate Professor of Urban Studies
Cleveland State University
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