Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Listening Sessions for October and November

Thank you to all who have participated in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Listening Sessions. Your insights, experiences and perspectives have been invaluable and we are already using your feedback to make better-informed decisions, goals, objectives and plans. 


Our October and November Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Listening Session dates have been scheduled. We encourage you to participate.


Listening session dates and times:

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.


Please sign up here:



You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your participation. If a listening session is filled quickly, do not worry we will be hosting various sessions monthly throughout the year. Please be sure to sign up for a session that works for you; sign-on instructions for each session will be emailed to you prior to the event.


We are fully committed to providing an intellectually diverse, nondiscriminatory, and multicultural environment. As such, part of the Diversity Initiatives for the 2020-2021 academic year include listening sessions so that we can assess the needs of our community and set areas for improvement. We would like to invite our FPU community to participate in listening sessions throughout the year. We will be organizing these sessions in various formats. The various formats will allow for small group sessions, various group combination session types, and also an opportunity for individual sessions. We want everyone to be heard. We ask that participants practice openness, honesty and respect for all who participate. All sessions are confidential and your personal information will not be shared without written consent. We have organized these sessions into smaller groups to allow ample time for participants to be heard.


Each of these listening sessions will be moderated by Patty Salinas (Interim CDO), Breanne Wyse (Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Spiritual Formation), Martha Fregoso and Dr. Melanie Howard (co-chairs of the University Diversity Committee). If you cannot make a time or if you would like to, but are looking for a more anonymous way to share your perspective, you can fill out a written form which will only be visible to these four individuals (contact information below to access a written form).  Members of the University Diversity Committee Executive Committee (list of committee available upon request) are also available to moderate for individual appointments by request.


These sessions are just the first step in gathering information from our community. The results and information gathered will help with further planning. Together, we all play a role in helping promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture at FPU. Thank you.


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Contact Information:

Martha Fregoso, martha.fregoso@fresno.edu, (559) 453-2212

Dr. Melanie Howard, melanie.howard@fresno.edu, (559) 453-2306

Patty Salinas, patricia.salinas@fresno.edu, (559) 453-3434

Bre Wyse, breanne.wyse@fresno.edu, (559) 453-3608