Campus Diversity Initiative

In June 2003, the James Irvine Foundation awarded California Lutheran University a $400,000 grant as part of the foundation’s Campus Diversity Initiative (CDI) to “help institutions to prepare all students for leadership in a diverse society and promote the success of underrepresented student populations.” As part of the CDI, each institution was asked to establish a diversity plan with a detailed evaluation component.

In February of 2004, California Lutheran University submitted to the James Irvine Foundation and to the CLU community a report that included the institution’s diversity plan, a diversity profile for the institution, and an assessment of the challenges, obstacles and lessons learned as a result of the process.

Since the culmination of the Irvine Grant, CLU continues its campus diversity efforts through many of the programs first funded and implemented through the grant.  These include the SOAR Program, the Inclusive Overnight Program, The SAFE ZONE ALLY Program, the FOCUS Mentoring Program, the Diversity Leadership Retreat, Faculty Development Mini-Grants, and Campus Diversity Mini-Grants.  Other specialty programs have been introduced that provide diversity training for faculty and staff as well as programs to encourage first generation student participation in student development programs such as Telio and Alternative Spring Break. As a result of the experience with Irvine, several permanent additions have been added to the CLU community.

Upcoming Events for 2014-2015

2014 Grad Fair for Underrepresented Students at UCSD

Everyone had a blast!

This program is for new CLU students but all are welcome! Questions about what a cultural artifact is? View this slide show for information! Dont forget to RSVP !

Cal Lutheran 2014 Diversity Leadership Retreat

For current and aspiring student leaders.

Saturday, September 27th; 8am -3pm; Swenson 101 & 102

Cross-cultural competency is a requirement for leaders of a global society.  So, this year, Cal Lutheran has invited the Anti-Defamation League’s, “A Campus of Difference” facilitation team to lead our annual Diversity Leadership Retreat.  Current student leaders and aspiring student leaders are strongly encouraged to attend this one-day, on-campus, leadership retreat.  At the end of the retreat, participants will develop a Student Inclusion Plan for the academic year. 

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Participants will receive a 2014 Diversity Leadership Retreat t-shirt
  • The 2014 Student Inclusion Plan posters will be available for distribution following the retreat

RSVP is required during the sign-up period beginning on September 8th.  Space is limited.


RSVP here for the Lunchbox Diversity film series-faculty and staff only

California Lutheran University Diversity Statement (Adopted Spring 2012)

California Ltheran University values the dignity of all individuals and the perspectives they bring from personal histories, group identities, and cultural experiences.  We strive to include multiple perspectives in the academic and communal life of the University.  These perspectives come from, but are not limited to, ability, ethnicity, gender, language, nationality, political view, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, spirituality, and talent.  We advocate for equity in our policies, practices, and programs.  Diversity is essential to academic rigor, decision-making, social enrichment, and spiritual growth and these differences and multiple perspectives are key to the fulfillment of our mission to "educate leaders for a global society."

Bias Incident Reporting

California Lutheran University is committed to providing a safe place for students and staff to work and learn. In order to fulfill this commitment, Campus Safety and the University Administration need to know when a bias incident or hate crime occurs. You can report a bias incident or hate crime as a witness or a victim. You can report anonymously by calling (866) 943-5787 and the report will be forwarded to Campus Safety.  You can contact Campus Safety directly by calling (805) 493-3208 or you can fill out this Bias Incident Report Form and email to Dr. Juanita Hall, Assistant to the President for Diversity at or call her at (805) 493-3951.

2013 - 2014 Diversity Awardees

Cultural Diversity Professor of the Year: the Professor preferred to remain anonymous

Senior Diversity Leadership Awarees: 

Erik Furth
Miguel Silva
Shakivla Todd
Stephanie Cissell

President's Diversity Council

Read the most recent End of Year Diversity Reports:






2014-2015 Campus Diversity Mini Grant application

2014-2015 Faculty Development Mini-Grant Application


Guest Speaker Grants

Faculty and Culture & Justice clubs are invited to apply for guest speaker grants. These grants are awarded on a first come first served basis until funds are depleted. Grants range from $50 to $150. The speaker must address issues related to U.S. minority groups, international issues of importance, or social justice. Get your application here.

California Lutheran University Student Nondiscriminatory Policy

California Lutheran University admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, medical condition, or veteran status to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other university administered programs.  California Lutheran University will maintain a policy of non-discrimination for students in compliance with all current and future federal regulations.

Start an Affinity Group:

An affinity group is a group of CLU faculty and staff who connect over a shared common interest or background.

Application to start an affinity group

Affinity Groups;

Black Employees Association - contact Michael Graham,


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