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“It is central to our shared Jesuit, Catholic mission to support those in our community who are vulnerable and marginalized. None of us can be satisfied until everyone feels respected, included, and valued. We all have collective ownership of our campus climate.”

Michael E. Engh, S.J., President

To facilitate specific and needed action in response to the campus climate study, a working group has been assembled – representing a cross-section of the university.  This team is organized around (and focuses on) the Ten Priorities and will report its progress regularly.



Elsa Chen

Elsa Chen

Professor, Department of Political Science

Campus Climate Study Response Co-Lead

“Santa Clara has been my professional home for nearly two decades. I want to help make us as welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and compassionate a place as we can be for all students, faculty, and staff. I view the Campus Climate report as a call to action. I hope we can reflect and act together to better support those among us who are feeling vulnerable, marginalized, excluded, and oppressed. By doing so, we can bring our Jesuit mission and values to life.”

Margaret  Russell

Margaret Russell

Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor of Law

Priority Coordinator: Honest, Open & Respectful Engagement

“I view the campus climate survey results as a critical opportunity to build upon previous initiatives to foster a community that engages across differences with respect, compassion, and enthusiasm. Our role will be to create and support opportunities for honest discussion and mindful communication. Our diverse community need not agree on everything in order to recognize the value of each other’s experiences and viewpoints.”


Tiger Simpson

Tiger Simpson

Assistant Director and Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Wellness Center

Priority Coordinator: Reduction of Sexual Misconduct and Support for Survivors

“To quote Einstein: ‘The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.’ I want to do something about it.” 

Eileen Elrod

Eileen Elrod

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Professor, Department of English

Priority Coordinator: Positive Classroom Environment

We want a campus community where every student, staff, and faculty member feels welcome, safe, respected, and known; where each of us is learning to listen and speak across all kinds of difference; where we share a commitment to reflection, growth, and change; where we can all say ‘I belong here. My voice matters.’ We have a ways to go, but we care about this. We can get there.”


Ray Plaza

Ray Plaza

Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Priority Coordinator: Advance Diversity Initiatives

In its truest sense, campus climate is really about the quality of engagements and relationships that help to foster a welcoming and supportive environment. It is about understanding what is happening at this engagement and relationship level that is affecting the experience of each member of the community.”

Belinda Guthrie

Belinda Guthrie

EEO & Title XI Coordinator

Priority Co- Coordinator: Support for Community Members with Disabilities 

 A healthy campus climate is one that embodies a set of core values that include integrity, social justice, respect, and shared responsibility.  A healthy campus community is one where all members feel valued, empowered, and have a sense of belonging.  Being an inclusive campus isn’t so much about talking about the importance of acceptance, community, and diversity, it’s about modeling them. 


Joanna Thompson

Joanna Thompson

Director, Office for Multicultural Learning

Priority Coordinator: Bias Incident Response

"To fight prejudice and discrimination, we must acknowledge and accept our fears of difference. It is important for the SCU community to respond to bias with increased education and awareness. Not only should we create a campus climate that is diverse and inclusive, but one that is safe and allows for students, staff, and faculty to be their authentic selves"

Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Priority Coordinator: Compensation, Benefits, and Housing

Matthew Duncan

Matthew Duncan

Associate Dean for Student Life

Priority Coordinator: Conflict Resolution

"The future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a 'you' and themselves as part of an 'us.' We all need each other." Pope Francis


Shirley  Mata

Shirley Mata

 Employee Development Manager, Human Resources Department

Priority Co-Coordinator: Professional Growth and Fair Treatment

What makes me want to come in to work each day is the people who make up SCU. Every day I am surrounded by people who take pride in their work and who truly make a difference.  I want to be a part of making sure that our staff have the support and resources they need to develop and grow so they may perform at their very best."



Don Heider

Don Heider

Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Priority Co- Coordinator: Professional Growth and Fair Treatment

"Since arriving at Santa Clara I have been impressed with the energy on campus and the willingness of people to pull together to help students and to work toward having an impact on the surrounding area.  As a university we want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn and grow during their time here."