Santa Clara University

Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Message from Aldo Billingslea

An interesting year has transpired since this office opened during the summer of 2013. Nationally we looked back with pride at the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, while we also looked on in astonishment at the actions of NBA team owner Donald Sterling - an interesting juxtaposition that clearly demonstrates the important work our nation has accomplished and the vital work that all of us still need to do.

Looking back on the year at Santa Clara University, we celebrated the hire of Dr. Jesse Bernal as the Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Bernal's bio can be read here. He has developed a tool kit for Inclusive Faculty Hiring and Development as a resource to be used before, during and after a hiring search. This tool will be extremely useful as the campus community moves toward SCU 2020, the Integrated Strategic Plan. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) already is collaborating with search committees in the College of Arts and Science as its units move forward with tenure track searches.

We also are excited that Associate Professor of Anthropology Father Luis Calero, S.J., will be working with us in a limited capacity as we collaborate with (1) Undergraduate Admission on the Los Angeles Area Catholic Schools project and (2) local charter schools connected to Santa Clara's new collaboration with the National Hispanic University Foundation.

Other exciting collaborations are in progress among ODI, Faculty Development and Human Resources as we prepare to roll out workshops that will serve faculty and staff who wish to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and with the Office for Multicultural Learning as it fills the calendar with dynamic programming for students.

The campus Diversity Dashboard soon will appear on this site and display data about the sex, race and ethnicity of students, faculty and staff in our university and offer some comparisons with similar institutions. Lastly, to better assess the level of inclusion at Santa Clara University we are in the early stages of preparation for a campus-wide climate study that will sharpen the focus better of all diversity and inclusion efforts, particularly as the campus moves toward implementing the 2020 Strategic Plan.

It's energizing to know that we have a proud past behind us and a more promising future ahead!

Aldo Billingslea

Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
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