Santa Clara University

Diversity at Santa Clara University

History

In line with its Jesuit philosophy, Santa Clara University has a long-standing commitment to upholding the values of diversity and inclusive excellence. These views are defined in the University's Statement of Purpose, which makes it clear that Santa Clara is "a community enriched by women and men of diverse backgrounds, respectful of difference and enlivened by open dialogue, caring and justice towards others, and committed to broad participation in achieving the common good." (Santa Clara University's Statement of Purpose, approved by the SCU Board of Trustees, October 22, 1993). In recognition of that commitment, in 1999 the James Irvine Foundation provided Santa Clara with the Building Partnerships for Diversity grant, which helped fund the Center for Multicultural Learning and other important campus-wide initiatives. When support from the Irvine Foundation ended in 2007, Provost Lucia Gilbert assumed senior-level administrative responsibility for continuing to advance diversity and promoting multicultural learning and inclusive excellence on campus. In doing so, she reinforced Santa Clara's commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence by providing leadership to promote those ideals, which are part of the University's explicit mission.
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