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The Diversity and Equity in Promotion, Tenure, and Hiring (DEPTH) Center was created to enact initiatives with the goal of increasing the number of women and underrepresented minority faculty at CSUSB, particularly in STEM departments. The DEPTH Center is supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant of nearly $1 million, which was awarded to CSUSB in the fall of 2018. The NSF ADVANCE program supports systemic approaches to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Because systematic approaches require institutional-level change, the DEPTH Center seeks to broaden the STEM workforce by fostering changes in policy and procedures that affect faculty hiring, evaluation, and retention outcomes across academic departments. 

The DEPTH website is a collaborative effort between the CSUSB community made up of faculty, administration, and other key stakeholders. Our leadership team is committed to the ongoing diversity initiatives and will continue to provide updated resources in faculty hiring and evaluation to address the current needs of CSUSB. 


Meet the Team

The DEPTH team consists of current faculty and administration whose priority is to effectively support and collaborate with other faculty on broadening the STEM workforce and CSUSB faculty at large.

Shari McMahan, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Donna Garcia, Ph.D., DEPTH Executive Director, Professor of Psychology

Cari Goetz, Ph.D., DEPTH Associate Director, Associate Professor of Psychology

Lori Caruthers Collins, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives

Ismael Diaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

Karen Kolehmainen, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Faculty Senate Chair

Marie Zaldivar, DEPTH Project Coordinator


Thank you to the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, the CSUSB Faculty Senate, Faculty Affairs and Development (FAD), the Academic Deans, the diversity advocates and DEPTH consultants and associates, Dr. Patrick Forscher (Université Grenoble Alpes), Dr. Ismael Diaz (CSUSB, Psychology Department), the ADVANCE DEPTH advisory boards, and Redwood Consulting Collaborative for their ongoing support and contributions.  

Thank you also to these institutions for their support and feedback and/or making their best practice documents publicaly available: The Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED) at Florida International University, Women in Science, Engineering and Leadership (WISELI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) at the University of Michigan, Office of Faculty Advancement at Sacramento State University, Office of the Senior Vice Provost (Faculty Development and Diversity) at Harvard University, and Office of the Provost at Columbia University.