Diversity and Affordability
The Council on Inclusive Excellence, which the Provost chairs, has as its overarching goal creating and sustaining an inclusive community striving for excellence. The Office of Affirmative Action is responsible for ensuring Santa Clara University's policies, as well as federal, state, and local laws pertaining to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. To fulfill this mission, the Director also serves as the 504/ADA Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator. The University has an Office for Multicultural Learning, which coordinates, collaborates and promotes cross-campus educational co-curricular programs that further integrate multicultural learning into the university's core curriculum, overall undergraduate curriculum and student life. The Office for Multicultural Learning works in conjunction with the University Council on Inclusive Excellence to enhance Santa Clara's goals for diversity and inclusive excellence.
Santa Clara University has mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, and other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus.
Support Programs for Future Faculty
Development of Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship:
The University created a postdoctoral fellowship program to diversify the faculty by bringing persons of color to campus for two-year post doctoral fellowships. This Inclusive Excellence Initiative has enjoyed remarkable success to date. As of the 2009-2010 academic year, three postdoctoral fellows have graduated from the program. One fellow was successful in obtaining a tenure track faculty position at a research university, and two accepted faculty positions at Santa Clara. Currently, there are four postdoctoral fellows in the program.
Participation in SACNAS:
The Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science is dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. The Office of Affirmative Action actively participates in the group and their recruitment efforts.
Participation in The PhD Project:
The Office of Affirmative Action has become an active partner in the PhD Project. The PhD Project's mission is to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. The Project attracts African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to business Ph.D. programs, and provides a network of peer support on their journey to becoming professors.
The Women of Color Network has been established to assist with faculty mentoring and retention.
Faculty mentoring committees have been established in the schools and colleges.
The SCU Financial Aid Office assists students and their families in identifying sources of financial aid to help meet the cost of a Santa Clara University education.
About two-thirds of SCU undergraduate students receive scholarship assistance directly from Santa Clara University in the form of either our merit-based awards and/or need-based awards.
SCU Need-based Grant is a University-funded grant awarded to freshman by Enrollment Management:need-based, awards vary, renewable for 4 years, not indexed to tuition increases, coordinated with federal, state and other University aid, recipients selected at time of admission.
Training Opportunities for Employees
are necessary to foster a climate of understanding and inclusivity among members of the campus community. We use the term "diversity experiences" instead of "diversity training" to describe some campus offerings because we believe that fostering an inclusive campus climate requires time and is based on an individual's reflection and development, i.e., her or his personal experiences. Regularly-scheduled workshops and training are provided through Human Resources and The Office of Affirmative Action.
The Difficult Dialogue series is a monthly dialogue facilitated by a faculty member around a diversity-related topic. This program creates a space where the community can dialogue and think critically about society and our diverse world.
Training Opportunities for Students
Perspectives is a three part diversity experience designed for students to foster an inclusive community at Santa Clara University. The 'Social Change Model' is the foundation for Perspectives developed by the Peer Educator committees on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. A broad definition for diversity will be used, which includes individual and group traits such as; personality, learning style, racial/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Over 700 students have gone through Perspectives workshops over the past 3 years.