Anti-Racism at Cal Lutheran

August 28, 2020


Cal Lutheran Community,

In this August update of the University’s anti-racism work, we offer appreciation to those in our community who have shared constructive feedback and meaningful suggestions, and indeed even expressed support. Since we started reporting to the Cal Lutheran community last spring, we have learned that a number of desired improvements, especially those related to the University’s written protocols and policy documents, require more time than originally anticipated. These vitally important changes necessitate care and time to intentionally move in a productive and positive direction.

With this new knowledge, we are revising timelines and sharing additional information on the interactive Anti-Racism Accountability website, which is now live. Pages will be added over the next several weeks to reflect the many anti-racist initiatives across the University. The website will grow with information and resources as members of our community provide feedback and take ownership of some of its content. The site is a start to a more robust, dynamic, and interactive tool that we anticipate gaining momentum throughout the semester.
We also want to share that the University delayed posting its annual Holiday Schedule to allow time for a Holiday and Cultural Observances Task Force to convene and discuss the recognized University holidays, as well as the cultural and religious programming initiatives at Cal Lutheran. The team identified several opportunities for the University to improve its policies and practices to be more culturally inclusive. A step that the University will take immediately is to provide a central location to share announcements about cultural and religious observances. A new calendar will be housed on the Mission and Identity website by September 14. A "tag" process for cross-listing events; description of the occasions; event promotion; and announcements of a month-long focus (such as Black History Month) with subset events linked to the month will be available through the calendar. Community members engaged in programming for cultural and religious observances can submit calendar events.
We decided to table any changes to the 2020-2021 Holiday Schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the budget challenges confronting the University. We will, however, engage campus groups who have expertise and insight to support educational programming for holidays identified by the task group, including the following:

  • International Day of Peace - September 21
  • Indigenous Peoples Day - October 12
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18
  • World Day of Social Justice – February 20
  • César Chávez Day – March 31
  • Juneteenth – June 19

We thank you for your attention and ongoing feedback.

In good faith,
Chris Kimball
Regina Biddings-Muro
Vice President for University Advancement
Karen Davis
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Melissa Maxwell-Doherty
Vice President for Mission and Identity
Leanne Neilson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Melinda Roper
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Matt Ward
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing