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BCLA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

BCLA is committed to welcoming and supporting a diverse community of scholars and learners. The diversity of people, perspectives, and programs in BCLA only amplifies the power of an LMU liberal arts education. We are continually working to energize and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that increase awareness and knowledge, as well as cultivate empathy and cultural humility. In doing so, we aim to provide a whole person education that empowers students to seek truth and fight for justice.

From the Dean

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Taking Action on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As we continue to grapple with the economic, social, and health impacts from COVID-19, the depth of our pre-existing racial and ethnic inequalities has come into sharp focus. Dramatically, our history and the present have collided, causing our nation much damage. Now it is our responsibility and great privilege as educators to lead in this moment of racial reckoning.

To be clear, our work to stand against inequity and injustice is not new. Many of us were working tirelessly before the virus arrived and protesters took to the streets for justice. But these recent events have reminded us that we must redouble efforts to animate our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in BCLA, at LMU, and beyond.

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In the Classroom

BCLA proudly and regularly offers classes that delve into various aspects of race, ethnicity, justice, and diversity. African American Studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies have always covered racial history and social justice in their curricula, but other departments do quite well in covering these topics as well. In exploring the people, places, and ideas that have traditionally been considered the “other,” students are better equipped to address entrenched problems and seek a better future for us all.

BCLA Anti-Racism Courses

BCLA DEI and Justice Courses