Office of Intercultural Affairs
"...in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." - Maya Angelou
Note: For 2020-21, Intercultural Affairs will shift to a remote learning platform for all its programs and meetings to support physical distancing requirements on campus.
The goal of Intercultural Affairs is to actively cultivate an anti-racist, institutional climate that supports inclusive excellence and fights systemic oppression.
Intercultural Affairs leads and supports LMU in the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion as intrinsic to our university mission: the encouragement of learning; the education of the whole person, and; the service of faith and the promotion of justice. We seek to eliminate systemic oppression and cultivate an anti-racist inclusive climate as part of our struggle for justice. For LMU, justice and faith are interwoven as part of our mission. Consequently, we strive towards a faith that does justice. And we do justice in ways that are nourished and fed by our diverse values and faith practices.
Fighting systemic oppression requires careful attention to anti-black ideologies and practices that dehumanize all of us. What does this mean? We need to examine our structures, operations, practices, and values. We need to ask, what practices help us move forward and what elements represent obstacles to our progress? To eliminate systemic sources of racism, we must develop strategies, keep focused on our goals, sustain our efforts long-term, and coordinate all our efforts.
With these goals in sight, OIA provides programs, resources, consultation and support to promote our vision that everyone is needed for the work of justice and reconciliation in the world; every group, faith, creature, and culture belongs, and all voices must be heard and valued, in dialogue with each other. We will fight systemic oppression until this vision is reality.
This is who we are and how we do inclusive excellence at LMU.