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Identity: Individuality, Community, Humanity Exploring our identity to understand ourselves, others, and how we relate in the world. If you are interested in getting more information on the campus-wide theme or would like to contribute programs to the theme, please contact Mary Ho at or visit

  •  Council on Inclusive Excellence Identity Speaker on Campus 2/26/09

    Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

    Sean Theriault, Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, will be on campus on Thursday, 2/26/09, as part of the programming for the Council on Inclusive Excellence's Winter Identity theme - Identity: Individuality, Community, Humanity - Exploring our identity to understand ourselves, others, and how we related in the world.

    One of Dr. Theriault's campus talks will focus on the role of minority groups in the 2008 elections and thereafter, another will focus on growing up gay in the Catholic Church, and a third will discuss his experiences leading 25 University of Texas students in Rome for a class on "The Politics of the Catholic Church." [The third is a lunch talk by invitation only.] For more information on Theriault and the Winter quarter identity theme, go to .

  •  Diversity: My Perspective

    Monday, Sep. 29, 2008

    Professor Allen S. Hammond, IV (School of Law) writes that his perspective on the importance of diversity was developed by his early childhood experiences growing up in segregated Washington, D.C. His article (see "More Info" link) will appear in the Fall 2008 issue of the Santa Clara Law magazine.

  •  Francisco Jimenez Receives Faculty Inclusive Excellence Award

    Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2008

    Professor Francisco Jimenez (Modern Languages and Literatures) received the first Faculty Inclusive Excellence Award for encouraging faculty from all disciplines to engage in teaching, research and service that enhances ethnic and racial diversity at SCU. The award was presented at the 2008 Faculty Recognition Dinner on September 17, 2008.

  •  Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008

    Provost’s Council on Inclusive ExcellenceStudent Advisory Council


    The Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Provost’s Council on Inclusive Excellence. The student group’s role is to communicate to the Provost’s Council the student body’s voice on issues related to diversity, multicultural learning and inclusive excellence; to share information on diversity, multicultural learning and inclusive excellence from their respective organizations; and to provide a channel of communication from the Provost’s Council to their respective organizations.


    The Student Advisory Council will be composed of student representatives from SCU graduate and undergraduate organizations that have elected representatives. Its members will be selected by and from the elected representatives in a given academic year. Student Advisory Council members will serve for one year, and they may be reappointed for a second year by their respective organizations.

    2008-09 Student Representatives 

    • Associated Student – Casey Elder, Class of 2009
    • Associated Student – pending
    • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee – Brianna Anderson
    • Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Association – Sonia Mann, graduate student
    • Education Graduate Student Association – Jessica Gagnon, graduate student
    • Multicultural Center – Alicia Nguyen, Class of 2009
    • Residential Learning Community Association – pending
    • Student Bar Association – Christopher Rusca, graduate student


  •  Ana Elizabeth Iten receives Student Inclusive Excellence Award

    Thursday, May. 22, 2008

    Senior Ana Elizabeth Iten has received the first annual Student Inclusive Excellence Award for work on the Residence Life staff and for being the driving force behind the Tunnel of Oppression project.

  •  Multicultural Reading Area

    Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008

    The Multicultural Reading Area, located on the second floor in the Learning Commons, Technology Center and  Library, will feature books, periodicals, and other materials associated with diversity courses included in the new Core Curriculum.  The Multicultural Reading Area will be completed by Fall 2008.  For more information, please contact Drew Starbird at

  •  Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council

    Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008

    The Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council, which will be formed at the end of Spring Quarter 2008, officially begins operating in Fall 2008.  The Advisory Council will be composed of student representatives from SCU graduate and undergraduate organizations that have elected representatives.  For more information, please contact Mary Ho at

  •  Inclusive Excellence Awards

    Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008

    Two awards have been designated by the Provost’s Council on Diversity, Multicultural Learning and Inclusive Excellence to honor students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to enhancing Santa Clara University’s multicultural community. Please visit  for a description of the awards and the nomination form.  For more information, please contact the Provost’s office at

  •  Tunnel of Oppression

    Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2008

    Tunnel of Oppression

    By: Laura Brown, Final Report for the Multicultural Learning Grant.

                    -The participants in the Tunnel of Oppression included students, faculty, staff, and outside guests.  There were over 1,000 participants throughout the three days of the Tunnel; and the average number of people increased each day.  This increase means that participants during the first two days told their friends about the program and encouraged them to attend.  The multicultural educational piece of Tunnel included information about Jena 6, a student created film on the South of the Border party, and various statistics about racism.  Multiculturalism was also highlighted in the Tunnel of Hope through images of students taking action to ensure cultural sensitivity on our campus.

                    -The tangible impacts that have occurred since the result of our multicultural project are not present at this time.  However, there have been wonderful intangible impacts that have occurred since Tunnel.  One such impact is conversation.  Students, faculty, and staff are talking; they began powerful conversations in the Tunnel of Hope and the Debrief Room, and those conversations have continued.  A large number of students have shown great interest in wanting to help organize the program next year, which is a positive sign that students are committed to making a change.  Another impact is the general consensus that students have aspirations to see the Tunnel of Oppression shrinking and the Tunnel of Hope growing.  This means that students have faith in brighter tomorrow.

                    -One challenge we encountered during the event was crowd control.  We had the wonderful problem of too many people throughout the event.  There was often a long back-up of people which was a bit difficult to manage at times. We attempted to resolve the issue by adding two showings of the video on the theme party because that was the section that experienced overflow.

                    -Our program made students aware of the progress that still needs to be made on this campus in the area of multicultural sensitivity.  Our program also showed what can be done right now to get involved and make a positive change in the campus climate.  At minimum, the program brought to light student concerns and experiences to the forefront of the minds of students who may have had no idea that multicultural sensitivity is an issue on our campus. 

  •  Diversity Calendar

    Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008
    A full listing of diversity related events.
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