Meet the Core Team


Lead and catalyze DEIJ work by:
  • Engaging with Cal Lutheran constituents and various university communities and affinity groups around DEIJ.
  • Formally recognizing and celebrating the work that has been done and the work in progress related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Identifying current and ongoing needs and gaps; recommend to the President’s Cabinet constructive and viable ways to address both via the Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Using information and data from #1-3 above to recommend a clear and strategic DEIJ direction for the Cabinet's view and approval. 
    • As part of helping to set that direction, review and prioritize organizational policies and practices which demonstrate that we value diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
    • Model productive ways to identify, challenge, and dismantle racial biases that exist at both an individual and institutional level.

Core Team Members


Sarah Garcia

Sarah Garcia

Assistant Director of Student Life, Center for Cultural Engagement & Inclusion

Lorena Munoz

Dr. Lorena Muñoz

Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion & Engagement

Christina Sanchez

Dr. Christina Sanchez

Associate Provost for Global Engagement

Lorri Santamaria

Dr. Lorri Santamaría

Director of Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence

Falone Serna

Falone Serna

Dean of Undergraduate Admission

Maria Thayer

Maria Guadalupe Thayer, MBA

Director, Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives and DEIJ Programs

Director, STEAM Program & ASCENSO Hispanic Fellowship