Diversity at California Lutheran University refers to the differences that individuals and groups bring to the community as we contribute our own unique gifts. Diversity comes in the form of intersectional identities related to race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religious beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical characteristics and being differently abled. Diversity also comes from the differences in thought and perspective that are associated with lived experiences.
Equity at California Lutheran University means providing students, faculty and staff with specific opportunities, access and resources to reach their full potential. Equity acknowledges that each of our starting points to and paths through Cal Lutheran are different. Therefore, equity means we commit to supporting individuals and programs with what they need now to succeed here. This support varies from person to person and from program to program. As such, equity is not synonymous with equality.
Inclusion at Cal Lutheran goes beyond being invited into the community. It means creating the space for everyone to fully participate and engage in the community. As such, it necessitates the creation of structures and systems that foster genuine belonging and connections, including those inside and outside the classroom.
Justice at Cal Lutheran is putting into practice diversity, equity and inclusion concepts as we transform institutional practices, policies and norms. Justice is achieved by embodying our Lutheran values, confronting challenging issues, examining biases and dismantling structural and systemic barriers. We model justice so that Cal Lutheran students may go on to become what our mission describes: leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.