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The Office has several publications available. Single copies are available during normal office hours. Multiple copies may be made available upon request. Almost all of our publications are on this web site. Others are available in hard copy from the Office of Equity & Diversity located in the University Student Union, Room 301. Note: Some publications may refer you to the Director of the Office of Equity & Diversity.

General Information on:


Discrimination – It's Not Academic and It's Not Acceptable! – Policy, Taking Stock of Yourself, Taking Stock of the Situation, Do's and Don't's, Options, Retaliation. Read more on Discrimination.

Sex Discrimination & Harassment

Your Legal Protections (under federal law, under state law; CSU), Similarities and Differences. Read more on Sex Discrimination & Harassment.

Disability, Disabled Rights & Responsibilities

Federal and State law provide disabled persons with the right to reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification, including assistive services, to enable them to be employed by and/or receive equal benefit of services provided by the University. Read more on Disabled Rights and Responsibilities


Campus Partners for Students with Disabilities: Roles & Responsibilities of Educators - (MS Word .doc)

The Americans With Disabilities Act in the Classroom

How the ADA can protect you  How you can qualify, How to Prepare, Contact Information.



Suite 120
Phone: (562) 985-8256
Fax: (562) 985-5982
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Larisa E. Hamada, MA, MDiv
Director, Equity and Diversity

JoAnn Harris
Administrative Support Coordinator

Non–discrimination Training Program

Download: Nondiscrimination, Anti—Harassment Training Program (PowerPoint presentation file)

Accessible Technology Training

"To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow... "
—William Faulkner

Accessible Technology Training is available through the Office of Information Technology Services. This training provides data on the population with impairments, a general overview of accessible technology, and specific training in the most used software programs such as MS Word/PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.


Is open to all employees and is encouraged for use by everyone. Specific information about the training is available through ITS in the Division of Administration & Finance.

Faculty are especially encouraged to participate in training for the preparation of accessibly-formatted instructional materials required both under the Rehabilitation Act, Section 508, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. They may also access training through BeachBoard offered by the Faculty Center for Professional Development.

ATI Open Lab Wednesdays

ITS training room

Need help making a document accessible? Come on down to the ITS Training Room, Brotman Hall 180-D on any Wednesday between 9 am and 12 noon for one-on-one training and help.

For best results, bring a thumb drive loaded with your document(s). If you are working with a PDF, please be sure to bring the source document as well. No reservation required. First come, first serve. For additional information, contact Kerri Sorenson at extension 5-5901.

Note: According to an article published by WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind, an initiative of the Center for Persons with Disabilities):

"Before discussing the accessibility of PDF files, it is important to distinguish between Adobe, Acrobat and PDF. Sometimes you will hear them used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

Adobe is a company; they are the creators of Acrobat. Acrobat is a tool for creating, editing and viewing PDF files. PDF is a format or type of document. It stands for Portable Document Format. The PDF format was created by Adobe.

A good comparison to Adobe, Acrobat, and PDF is Microsoft, Word, and doc.

Adobe Reader is a free utility that allows you to read and save, but not edit, PDF files. Read more about Adobe Reader and Accessibility."

PDF Tags

When people talk about "accessible" PDF files, they usually mean "tagged" PDF files, even though there is more to an accessible PDF than tags. PDF tags provide a structured, textual representation of the PDF that is presented to screen readers. They exist for accessibility purposes only and have no visible effect on the PDF file.

HTML tags and PDF tags often use similar tag names and organization structures, but they really are quite different. For one thing, it is impossible to insert PDF tags in "code" view like you can with HTML.

PDF files are not typically created in Acrobat. They are usually created in another program and converted to PDF. There are dozens or probably hundreds of programs that can create PDF files, but very few of them produce tagged PDF files. If you are using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, Writer, or Adobe tools such as InDesign, you can often create accessible, tagged PDF files without opening Acrobat.

Of course, the accessibility of the PDF depends on the accessibility of the original document."

NOTE: There is some concern about pdf format by individuals with moderate low vision who have no need to utilize other technology such as screen readers. This concern is that PDF does not provide user control over spacing (line, word and letter), Font family, font size (other than uniform zoom), although tagged pdf addresses most of the layout issues and prevents horizontal scrolling; and PDF is not character oriented data format and these adjustments are not possible.


For information, please call (562) 985-8256 or contact us