Previously, there was an award for the Best Inter Club Council (ICC) organization of the year. Due to the wide range of organizations within ICC with different goals, the award has been split into three new awards – one of them being Advocacy Organization of the Year, which was awarded for the first time to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for the 2018-2019 academic year.
When introducing this award Coordinator of Student Organizations, Leadership Development, and Assessment, Dan Burfeind said, “Empowerment is key for organization under this category. This award is given to an organization that has made great strides in advocacy for the betterment of the campus and the surrounding area, not only with action, but with education.”
The NAACP’s mission is “to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.” However, the CSUMB campus chapter has been focused more recently on opening conversations and starting dialogues between all people to get a better understanding of what is needed on campus.
One of the main goals of CSUMB’s NAACP is to acquire more tenured faculty of color as there is only one current African American or Black tenured professor on campus. The NAACP hopes to continue bettering the CSUMB campus with open minded discussions and by protesting when necessary.
CSUMB’s chapter of the NAACP encourages people of all colors and ethnicities to join, students are not required to be a minority to join the group as some may believe.