Beyond the Stereotype

A CSUSM Social Justice Initiative to Stop Cultural Appropriation

In Spring 2015, the Library is pleased to showcase an exhibition of thought provoking posters exploring contemporary issues of cultural appropriation. Featuring current CSUSM students and recent events, the exhibit will facilitate a critical, timely conversation on the victims and perpetrators of cultural stereotypes and misrepresentations.


Exhibit on display February 3 – May 22, 2015, free and open to the public during all library hours. More information from CSUSM NewsCenter.


  • Beyond the Stereotype Curricular Modules (PPT | PDF) prepared by Arturo Ocampo for classroom use. Faculty can also contact the Office of Diversity to schedule a workshop or presentation.
  • Visit our Related Resources for more articles and links.


The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center and Dr. Joely Proudfit are the co-creators of the Beyond the Stereotype poster campaign and images. The posters are the product of a yearlong collaboration with many collaborators (below), and the work of several interdisciplinary classes and student research projects.


  • Arturo Ocampo, Office of Diversity, Educational Equity and Inclusion
  • College of Education, Health and Human Services


  • Joely Proudfit, Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, and Coordinator of Native Studies
  • Fredi Avalos, Faculty Fellow in Cultural Intelligence
  • Deborah Small, School of Arts
  • James Miller, School of Arts
  • Carmen Mitchell, Institutional Repository Librarian


  • Tishmall Turner, Office of Tribal Liaison

Student Organizations

  • American Indian Student Alliance
  • Black Student Union
  • The Cougar Chronicle
  • Kamalayan Alliance
  • M.E.Ch.A.
  • Public Relations Club
  • United Students of Color Coalition

Student Life and Associated Students

  • The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center
  • Greg Toya, Civility Campaign
  • Floyd Lai, Cross-Cultural Center
  • Gender Equity Center
  • LGBTQI Pride Center
  • Student Life and Leadership

The Library’s exhibit installation and opening reception was also made possible by Instructional & Information Technology Services; ; Facility Services; Events and Conference Services; and local carpenter Blake Willmore.

Context is a grant-funded, instructionally-related library series supporting student learning and research through art installations. To schedule exhibit class visits or guided tours, contact or 760.750.4378.