Cal Lutheran is dedicated to eliminating racism on our campus, supporting our students, faculty, and staff of color, and maintaining a welcome and equitable campus environment for all.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is central to the university’s purpose. By engaging in the work reflected throughout this website, the university will move closer to achieving its mission, living out its values and commitments, and realizing its strategic goals.
A core value of the institution is:
As a community, we embrace people of all faiths, value diversity and inclusiveness, practice tolerance and acceptance, and treat one another with respect, civility, and compassion.
A true welcome requires that racist, biased, and discriminatory behavior must not normalized or accepted in our community.
The mission of the University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.
In order to prepare our students to be leaders in a global society, we must take a critical look at our curriculum and learning objectives, approach to teaching, and student experience in and out of the classroom.
One of our three strategic goals through 2022 is Inclusion:
As a community committed to inclusion and excellence, to reflect the demographic composition of the state of California.
This work connects deeply to our mission and how we live out our commitments as a church-affiliated university and a member of the Network of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Colleges and Universities.
As church we are called to confess the sin of racism, condemn the ideology of white supremacy, and strive for racial justice and peace. Beyond statements and prayers, we are called to also act and respond to injustices.
On July 22, 2020, the university's Cabinet acknowledged that Cal Lutheran has "significant work to do to eliminate systemic and institutional racism in all of its forms."
They committed to doing their part to create meaningful change for the institution:
The Cal Lutheran community is supporting a movement that calls for broad and sustainable change on our campuses. We are energized by the calls to action from the Faculty Senate, a newly formed Anti-Racist Coalition, the Equity Leadership Council, the Black Employees Association, and students, faculty and staff of color, as well as a plethora of anti-racism advocates. We accept the criticism, and we hear the call.