Project CHESS successfully implemented and continued two programs funded by this grant:

EDUCAL hosted its first community event at Pacifica High School for over 200+ Oxnard Union High School District students who are interested in pursuing careers as teachers.

Cal Lutheran hosted fundraisers to help aid DACA student renewal fees. Events like “Paletas in the Park” and “Tacos for a Cause” allowed the campus to support its’ undocumented students in a fun and engaging way.

Fall 2019: Counseling and Psychological Services hosted a series of drop-in events for students of color to discuss health, relationships, identity, differences, and wellness in a safe and supportive space.

September 12, 2019: Cal Lutheran hosted an exclusive college fair and information workshop for Pacifica High School, a predominately Hispanic high school in Oxnard, CA.

September 13 – 14, 2019: The Center for Cultural Engagement hosted the first Empowerment Retreat for self-identified student of color and or/non-white identifying students at Cal Lutheran.

September 26, 2019: Leading scholar in Hispanic-Serving Institutions Dr. Gina Ann Garcia visited the campus for a series of lectures on how to be a better HSI.

November 1, 2019: Two Cal Lutheran DREAMer alumni discussed life after college and achieving success despite facing significant challenges.

November 4 – 8, 2019: HSI, Student Life, and SSS collaborated with the Graduate School of Education to celebrate First-Generation College Student week.


The Cal Lutheran HSI Strategic Planning Implementation Team and Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion were established.

Cal Lutheran was awarded two U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions program grants: Project CHESS and EDU|CAL 


In 2017, Inclusion became a major component of Cal Lutheran’s Strategic Goals.


Cal Lutheran was awarded the Title III grant ALLIES in STEM from the U.S. Department of Education.

With Oxnard College, Cal Lutheran was awarded a five-year Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund Project Acabado.

Cal Lutheran partnered with USC Rossier Center for Urban Education (CUE) to reform the faculty hiring processes to be more equity-minded. Positive results were quickly achieved: during 2016-2017, two-thirds of the new hires were people of color.