About the Office of Intercultural Affairs

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The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) is committed to a vision of inclusive excellence in which values of Equity and Equity-mindedness, Diversity, and Inclusion are woven into the very fabric of our institution, including our mission and identity.

At LMU, diversity defines who we are, who gets included in our university community, and indeed reflects the richness of diverse communities around us: regionally as well as internationally. Inclusion insists that all members of the LMU community are welcome and feel welcomed, have a voice and are able to fully participate in the co-creation of this vision of our world. And equity means that we are committed to building an institution that is ethically and spiritually awake, one that remembers history in its practices, and understands its moral obligation to respond to the realities of societal injustice and their impacts on underrepresented groups in our midst.  

As a unit integrated across LMU, the OIA uses theory-driven, evidence-based practices to put these values into action. Our programs and initiatives promote inclusive excellence throughout the entire campus community, for faculty, staff, and students.

In response to President Snyder’s challenge, this is how we take part in creating the world we want to live in. Please read our 2019 Letter to the LMU Community.

  • Presence of faculty, students (undergraduate and graduate), and staff that reflect the diversity of the world we live in, with particular attention to providing access to historically underrepresented and underserved groups.

    Projects Include:

    1. Representing LMU at external conferences for Faculty Recruitment
    2. Collaboration with the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities
    3. Guidance in Search & Hiring Processes
  • Evidence-based approaches to promote inclusive and equitable Institutional structures, practices, and policies.

    Projects Include:

    1. Leading various councils and committees with focus on intercultural issues
    2. Conducting Campus Climate survey
    3. An Inclusive Excellence Curriculum dashboard
  • Programs and Initiatives that increase and strengthen faculty and staff capacity to contribute to an equitable, inclusive institutional climate.

    Projects Include:

    1. Implicit Bias workshops for faculty, staff, and students
    2. Leading Institutional Units & Programs (LIUP) yearly cohort
    3. Cabinet Associates program
    4. Intercultural Pedagogy Consultants
    5. Intercultural Facilitator Training
  • Inclusive and diverse curriculum, classroom and co-curricular spaces that increases student learning, citizenship outcomes, and the development of men and women for others. 

    Projects Include:

  • Understanding diversity as an integral aspect of LMU’s institutional identity as reflected through our stories, images, and rituals, as well as our  scholarship, work,  and creative activities to  help create a more just and inclusive society.

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