2021 Redesigning Our Majors Symposium

Recorded August 13, 2021

This symposium — generously funded by the Teagle Foundation, College Futures Foundation, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office — brings together faculty from across the California State University system, to share strategies, tools, and opportunities for curricular redesigns for greater student success. Presentations and workshops highlight ongoing work from thirty-two departments at six CSUs.

Dr. Alexandro Gradilla, Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at CSU Fullerton, provides the keynote address on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through the curriculum. The keynote address, concurrent panels, and workshops are open to the public and free of charge, but limited. Register for the symposium to reserve your spot and to receive links to the event.

Dr. Alexandro Gradilla


Program Overview:
TIME   Activity  
09:00 AM   Welcome  
09:10   Keynote address (BE INSPIRED): Dr. Alexandro Gradilla, on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through the curriculum  
09:45   Break  

Concurrent panels and workshops on objectives of curricular redesign

Workshops (BE EMPOWERED)

  • W1: Discovering fresh approaches to unfolding tensions between curriculum and profession/industry
  • W2: Aligning major requirements with transfer model curricula


  • P1: Let's come together: finding, building, and communicating coherent common goals
  • P2: Redesign with the end in mind: preparing students for success in their future careers
  • P3: Mirroring the communities we serve: anti-racism and social justice in the curriculum
  • P4: Coherence and integrity in the curriculum
11:15   Coffee break  

Concurrent panels and workshops on processes of curricular redesign


  • W3: Including faculty voices in addressing equity gaps for departmental curriculum redesign


  • P5: Doing by listening: how stakeholders are providing momentum for curricular redesign
  • P6: Scaffolding for success: critical courses in writing, quantitative reasoning and transfer success
  • P7: The best laid plans: how four programs embraced process in face of uncertainty, change, and logistical challenges
  • P8: Making it new again: updating student learning outcomes and curriculum for anti-racism, digital humanities, and the internet age
  • P9: Navigating challenges and finding opportunities in redesign
12:45 PM   Lunch break  
01:45   Campus meetings (BE CONNECTED): campus Faculty Learning Communities meet to welcome cohort 3  
02:45   Adjourn