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Chico State: The Harvard of the West

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Abbigail Kovac, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

Coming to Chico was the biggest culture shock to me. I was born and raised in Southern California my whole life and back home, diversity was all I knew.  Coming here, I was so surprised to see very little diversity and it almost made me laugh during class discussions where others would say Chic...

Associated Students diversity program advocates for marginalized group

Outside of the BMU

Keyla De Los Santos

February 12, 2020

Associated Students is implementing a diversity program that advocates for marginalized groups at Chico State starting next semester. The program will not fund any student organizations and will advocate for the different marginalized groups that are currently enrolled in Chico State. According to Commis...

‘For the Record’ Podcast: Chico State doesn’t value diversity

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Mitchell Kret and Rayanne Painter

October 6, 2019

“For the Record” is our editorial podcast featuring editors from The Orion staff. This week, our Editor in Chief Natalie Hanson and Arts and Entertainment editor Rayanne Painter discuss an editorial piece about a recent incident involving Border Patrol on Chico State campus. Natalie Hanson and Rayanne Painter can both be reached a...

Chico State doesn’t value diversity

Students in fear as Border Patrol’s presence looms over campus Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Natalie Hanson

October 1, 2019

By now I think most of the campus probably knows that this past Wednesday, California Customs and Border Patrol officers were on campus, recruiting at the Career Fair in the BMU. At the same time this was going on, the first in the "Diversity Talks" series, by Richie Reseda, was also taking place...

Paradise students show Chico State what #ButteStrong means

First-year student Danielle Wagner attends Chico State after losing her home during the November Campfire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

September 29, 2019

Students all across Chico State understand the meaning behind the infamous #ButteStrong hashtag, which commemorates the victims and survivors of the tragedies that afflicted towns throughout Butte County such as Paradise, Oroville and Chico.But beyond the phrase, the reality is that many of the stude...

Former inmate shares truth about mass incarceration

Richie Reseda presents to a full room about his experience in mass incarceration Wednesday. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Julian Mendoza

September 28, 2019

An entire room filled with an audience hearing Richie Reseda, the co-founder of Initiate Justice, talk about the impact of the prison industrial complex. In 2011, Reseda was sent to prison after he committed robbery. Since then he has gone on to talk about the impacts the prison has on an individual...

Latinx students share their stories at open mic night

C.A.F.E. members, David Cruz and Rose Merry Blanco, stand next to the welcome sign as students enter the event. C.A.F.E. put together their first event of the semester, Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, in Chico, CA. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

March 11, 2019

Chico State’s chapter of Central Americans for Empowerment (C.A.F.E.) hosted their first event on Friday in Sylvester's Cafe. Colorful picado banners hung from the ceiling and the smell of freshly cooked food filled the air as students milled about. “Cruzando Fronteras” or “Crossing Borders”...

University Housing’s Diversity Week challenges students to step outside their comfort zone

Jaimlet Felix poses at the Cross Cultural Leadership Center in front of donated artwork from students of diverse backgrounds. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Brian Luong

November 6, 2018

University Housing’s The Hub will host a multitude of events which covers topics ranging from gender, LGBTQ pride and religious holidays to start off the first week of November. Diversity Week events will be hosted at different resident halls and at The Hub to encourage inclusivity and openness for all studen...

Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates shining cultures

Marifer Martinez places the lantern she decorated to the lights string. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

October 23, 2018

Glenn Lawn was lit up with many colorful, glowing lanterns on Monday night as the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center at Chico State hosted their first Mid-Autumn Festival. Students had the opportunity to learn about six different Asian countries and their traditions while decorating their own paper la...

First Queer Prom offers free dance, entertainment and community

GSEC coordinators hosted the first ever Queer Prom at Chico State. Photo credit: Deisi Aguirre

Alejandra Fraga

March 4, 2018

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) organized and brought to campus its first queer prom dance Saturday at the BMU auditorium. The event consisted of drag show performances, dance performances and DJ performances conducted by KCSC Radio. Free desserts and non-alcoholic drinks were provided as well."My hopes in putting on this event w...

Cross Cultural Leadership Center’s founder is to retire this semester

Carter will retire from the CCLC Dec 31. Courtesy of Jason Halley.

Natalie Hanson

October 24, 2017

The Cross-Cultural Leadership Center founder is to retire in December. Charles "CC" Carter, who founded the CCLC in 2008, will retire effective Dec. 31. He was first hired by Chico State in 1980 as the first coordinator for the university's multicultural programs. Carter founded the CCLC out of a...

Queer week needs to go viral

Solidarity Photo credit: Jessica Johnson

Danielle Cortes

October 10, 2017

One of Chico’s core principles is valuing diversity. Around campus you may notice many encouraging depictions of what this means. For example, there are banners that display pictures of student and staff members from all different ethnic backgrounds smiling and recognizing “We are Chico St...

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