Launched on December 1, 2021, the new 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.
The Inclusive Excellence Division brings these units together to centralize and scale efforts to serve the entire institution. We will develop a new and collaborative approach to providing holistic services to the campus community. Through this website and a new upcoming monthly newsletter to communicate about the division, new initiatives, and updates about the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Strategic Planning Process currently underway for Santa Clara University.
The Inclusive Excellence Division will continue to work in partnership with the Mission and Ministry. Together, these two divisions will continue to partner on numerous campus-wide projects to enact our vision of inclusive justice on the Santa Clara University campus, as we work to build a more humane, just and sustainable world in our Jesuit tradition.
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX oversees the University’s compliance with Title IX, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other state and federal civil rights laws. It helps investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking.
The LEAD Scholars Program is for first-generation college students (students whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university) focused on academic success, community engagement and vocational exploration. This program is open to both first-year students and transfer students with the goal of supporting them throughout their college career.
The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) formerly Disabilities Resources (DR) at Santa Clara University has facilitated services to students with disabilities since 1972. Our goal is to support the college student with a disability to participate fully in campus life, its programs, and activities. We emphasize growth and individual achievement. We address this goal through the provision of academic accommodations, support services, and auxiliary aids.
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) serves as a conduit for diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the campus. It has a strong emphasis area with faculty, staff, and broader campus climate including students and other stakeholders. ODI assists with diversity-related data management and assessment. ODI supports the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse university community—encouraging collaboration, academic excellence, and a diverse, inclusive campus climate.
The Office for Multicultural Learning (OML) is committed to promoting social justice, building bridges across diverse communities, and celebrating differences of students at Santa Clara University. In addition, we advocate for historically underrepresented populations and educate the whole person within the context of Jesuit values. OML also oversees the Rainbow Resource Center.
The Office of the University Ombuds is located organizationally in the Office of the President, and reports to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, but the University Ombuds operates independently of all institutional reporting responsibilities. The University Ombuds is independent of existing administrative structures and submits periodic [quarterly and annual] written summaries identifying opportunities for enhancement to the campus community.