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California Lutheran University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
60 W Olsen Rd
Thousand Oaks, California 91360
(805) 492-2411
School Information
"California Lutheran University is a selective, comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Mentored by dedicated and accomplished faculty members, students pursue their passion and discover their purpose as they seek to grow as individuals. California Lutheran College was founded in 1959 on a ranch donated by Richard Pederson, the son of Norwegian immigrants. The college opened its doors to 330 students in September 1961 and held its first Commencement in May 1964." The university enrolls over 4,000 students and employs over 470 faculty. (Source:
General Information
Although California Lutheran University has not yet implemented a university-wide anti-racism agenda, it has proposed changes to its curriculum, established fellowships, and developed a bias incident reporting system. These initiatives are in the development stage and are expected to be implemented as soon as 2021. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • CLU's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategic Plan (2022-23) states that it would "Create college pathways for underrepresented Students of Color for college readiness" which includes "Outreach to prospective students of color."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university is offering "Starting from Within: Culture, Inclusion, and True Change Making," where participants will "reflect, collaborate, and take action on their individual and organization’s role in building a culturally inclusive and anti-racist workplace. This series will focus on strategies for inclusion with diverse racial and ethnic cultural identities and organizational efforts towards anti-racism and inclusion."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • CLU's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategic Plan (2022-23) states that it would develop inclusive curriculum and pedagogy in the following ways: "Use curriculum assessment to guide innovative and inclusive curriculum and pedagogy;" "Increase belonging, social transformation, and inclusive teaching by leveraging CHESS program and concepts;" "Increase DEIJ responsive course syllabus as indicated by DEIJ Curriculum Committee;" "Increase faculty attendance, participation, and development around DEIJ."
Disciplinary Measures
  • CL's "Harassment, Discrimination and Bias Reporting" webpage states that it "...encourages all members of the university community who have witnessed or experienced harassment, discrimination, and/or bias to report it."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • CLU's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategic Plan (2022-23) states that it has implemented "anti-bias and equity advocate training for search committee members and other managers." Additionally, the Plan states that it would "Ensure that deans and senior administrators participate in professional development opportunities in DEIJ Leadership."
  • CLU's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategic Plan (2022-23) states that it would "Add DEIJ expectations and accountability into the evaluation process for all employees" and "Add expectations related to DEIJ into the official ART process and hold faculty accountable for meeting them."
Program and Research Funding
  •  The "Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Program" at California Lutheran awards students who "will be engaged in work that embodies progress toward a just society in which African Americans do not bear the brunt of racist structures and systems." The program "features scholarship, mentorship and community engagement."
  • CLU's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategic Plan (2022-23) states that it would "Continue to identify DEIJ programs and services as fundraising themes around which the development team and the University President will solicit gifts and grants such as Campus DEIJ Mini-Grants and the Student Equity and Inclusion Fund."
  • On January 4, 2021, university news stated that "In June, following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the university pledged to support an anti-racist agenda that calls for specific changes on campus, including a review of curriculum, establishment of Community Scholars for Black Lives fellowships and the development of a bias incident reporting system."
  • In February 2021, the university hosted "Building Up the Momentum of Anti-racist Work: A Conversation with Dr. Mary Whitehead."
  • In June 2022, CLU hosted the "Nonprofit Leadership Council - Aspiring for Equity: Uncovering the Path Forward with the Equitable Nonprofit Workplace Report."
  • CLU's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategic Plan (2022-23) states that it would "Craft a Comprehensive Athletics DEIJ Plan" through "educational and professional development."
  • Adam F. Braun, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in New Testament and Theology who's "methodological commitments converge around Narrative Criticism, Critical Race Theory, and Psychoanalysis." Dr. Braun also teaches "other electives which highlight class, queer theory, race theory, and political theology."
  • The university offers an "Ethnic and Race Studies" major which is described as follows: "Study ethnic and racial groups’ experiences in the United States and how they shaped the current society with their social justice efforts."
Symbolic Actions
  • In 2020, President Lori E. Varlotta, PhD, created Cal Lutheran’s DEI position, which Cristallea K. Buchanan ultimately became the head of in August 2021.
Last updated May 3rd, 2024
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