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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

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • 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."
  • In February 2021, the university hosted "Building Up the Momentum of Anti-racist Work: A Conversation with Dr. Mary Whitehead."
  • In June 2022, CLU will be hosting the "Nonprofit Leadership Council - Aspiring for Equity: Uncovering the Path Forward with the Equitable Nonprofit Workplace Report."
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 July 26th, 2022
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