Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Raymond Plaza
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Launched on December 2021, the Inclusive Excellence Division comprises the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, the LEAD Scholars Program, the Office of Accessible Education, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Multicultural Learning (including the Rainbow Resource Center and the Multicultural Center) and the Office of the Ombuds. Overseen by the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Inclusive Excellence Division brings these units together to centralize and scale Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) efforts to serve the entire institution.

• The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX oversees the University’s Title IX compliance, equal opportunity, and affirmative action programs.
• The LEAD Scholars Program supports first-generation college students focused on academic success, community engagement, and vocational exploration.
• The Office of Accessible Education assists students with disabilities through academic accommodations, support services, and auxiliary aids.
• The Office for Diversity and Inclusion provides diversity-related data management/assessment and supports the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse campus community.
• The Office for Multicultural Learning promotes social justice by building bridges across diverse communities while celebrating the differences of students through the Rainbow Resource Center and Multicultural Center.
• The Office of the University Ombuds works towards a campus climate of equity, dignity, and respect for all individuals.


In September 2007, the Provost's Office established the Council on Inclusive Excellence to advance inclusive excellence on the Santa Clara campus. An Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council (formed in Spring 2008) and a Graduate Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council (formed in Spring 2022) serve in an advisory capacity to the Council on Inclusive Excellence. The Council on Inclusive Excellence consists of faculty and staff representing each VP area, Centers for Distinction, Colleges and Schools, and other areas.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

The Online Diversity Module (ODM) is a virtual training that students complete after Orientation and prior to starting school in the Fall to explore values, assumptions, and biases that may perpetuate injustice or oppress others. Various modules challenge the concept of neutrality and colorblind ideologies; provide students with responses to microaggressions; and allow for a deeper examination of the nature of institutional oppression, power, and privilege. (Mandatory for first-year and transfer students)

“Preventing Harassment and Discrimination: Supervisors with Title IX/Clery Module” is a virtual training for all SCU faculty and staff to cultivate and maintain a workplace culture resistant to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Faculty and staff are equipped with the information and skills that promote intervention, empathy, and allyship. This training includes a section specific to requirements under Title IX and the Clery Act. (Mandatory for all faculty and staff)

Inclusive Search Training covers SCU’s commitment to diversity, the current diversity profile of the campus, review search committee process, expectations, and best practices. The training also includes a discussion of implicit bias to ensure an inclusive search in all stages of the recruitment process. Hiring managers and those serving as search committee chairs must renew their training every three years. (Mandatory for faculty and staff who conduct hiring searches)

“Community Conversations: Building Bridges at Santa Clara University” are monthly conversations that provide an opportunity for the SCU community to come together and have honest, open, and respectful engagement. (Optional for students, faculty, and staff)

Racial Justice Workshop is a tailored experience that focuses on topics related to racial justice and equity which directly impact the work being done in various departments/units/student groups across campus. Topics that have been discussed, but are not limited to, include implicit bias, microaggressions, on and off-campus social climate, the intersection of race and power, white fragility/privilege, allyship, advocacy, etc. The workshop includes interactive portions, be it breakout room discussions, open group discussions, pair share, etc. All workshops end with a Call To Action, where there is a focus on the importance of accountability. (Optional for students, faculty, and staff)

Safe Space Training enhances Santa Clara's educational commitment to its students, faculty, and staff by improving the environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) members of our community. The LGBTQ+ Safe Space program gives participants opportunities to deepen their knowledge about LGBTQ+ and gender issues, student identity development, and religion and sexuality, with the goals of providing a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ members of the campus community, creating visible safe spaces across the campus for LGBTQ+ members of the campus community, and creating and developing more Allies. (Optional for students, faculty, and staff)

UndocuAlly Training is designed to educate members of the SCU community on the needs and concerns of undocumented students, understand the current status of federal and state policies, and ways that faculty and staff can support members of the SCU community. Two different sets of workshops are offered over the quarter in an effort to meet the needs of the SCU community: the Standard UndocuAlly Workshop and the Refresher UndocuAlly Workshop. (Optional for faculty and staff)

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion: https://www.scu.edu/diversity/
The Office for Multicultural Learning: https://www.scu.edu/oml/

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