Our Programs

  • FOCUS Mentoring Program
    Provides first year underrepresented students with a seasoned and supportive faculty member or administrator to help navigate the first year at Cal Lutheran.
  • Lunchbox Diversity Series
    Addresses topics of diversity, inclusion for faculty and staff during lunch
  • Campus Diversity Mini-Grants
    Mini-grant opportunities for faculty and campus members to encourage creative research, programs, professional development, and projects around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Diversity Leadership Retreats
    An annual diversity training designed for current student leaders and aspiring student leaders
  • Faculty Guest Speaker Grants
    A grant program designed to provide faculty with resources to invite diversity speakers to campus
  • Safe Zone Ally Program
    An ongoing program to train faculty, staff and student as allies who provide support and advocacy to underrepresented campus members
  • Diversity Leadership Awards for Faculty and Academic Departments
    Graduating seniors select the faculty member and academic department whose teaching, pedagogy and role modeling has increased their understanding and appreciation of diversity, inclusion, and equity.


In June 2003, the James Irvine Foundation awarded California Lutheran University a $400,000 grant as part of the foundation’s Campus Diversity Initiative 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 initiative, each institution was asked to establish a diversity plan with a detailed evaluation component.

In February of 2004, we submitted to the James Irvine Foundation and to the Cal Lutheran community a report that included our diversity plan, our diversity profile, and an assessment of the challenges, obstacles, and lessons learned as a result of the process.

Since the culmination of the Irvine Grant, we continue our campus diversity efforts through many of the programs first funded and implemented through the grant.

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 our community.