Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

January 2023

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a restorative break! As we kick off this new year, we express our appreciation to each of you for your support of the diversity, equity, and inclusion work that took place throughout the fall semester.

This month, we are partnering with the Office of Student Leadership and Service Engagement and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Human Rights to bring you four events which not only commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but also build upon and continue the work. We hope you can join us at one or more of these special events (details below).

Lastly, in our December 2022 newsletter, we mentioned our intention to send a Holiday Resource before the break. This was meant to be an educational guide for the several holidays observed during the month of December. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we were not able to meet our goal of sharing this resource with the community. We apologize for being unable to share this and look forward to making this resource available in the future.

We are so excited to work with you all this semester and year, and thank you again for your partnership, feedback, and important contributions in 2022!

With wishes for a wonderful year ahead,

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

Events to look forward to:

  • Connecting with Colleagues (resuming in February). A space for all female-identifying staff and faculty to connect over lunch, hosted by the Gender Equity Working Group.
  • Transforming Community Space (resuming in February). A space (open to all students) to unify the campus through healthy dialogue, listening, and transparent communication.
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Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is to support and foster individuals who embody the characteristics of a global citizen and ensure that the university community continues its ever-evolving development, which is grounded in the dignity and respect of each individual and their contributions to our community.

Characteristics of a Global Citizen

The work of the Office of DEI will be anchored in these elements as articulated by our university founder, Daisaku Ikeda, based on our belief that they are the foundation for creating a campus and society that truly upholds the dignity of all.

  • The wisdom to perceive the interconnectedness of all life and living.
  • The courage not to fear or deny difference, but to respect and strive to understand people of different cultures, and to grow from encounters with them.
  • The compassion to maintain an imaginative empathy that reaches beyond one’s immediate surroundings and extends to those suffering in distant places.

Our Commitment to DEI

Recognizing that this work cannot be done in isolation by one or a few individuals, the Office of DEI will work in conjunction with different areas of the university, to carry out our commitment.

Diversity

We commit to enhancing SUA’s diversity, which is expressed in many forms, including and not limited to, national or ethnic origin, race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, socioeconomic status, dis(ability) status, language, culture, religion, age, and political perspective. We value and uphold the equal dignity of all members of our ever-evolving community.

Equity

We commit to challenging and responding to bias incidents. As a university, we are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, status as a disabled veteran, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Inclusion

We commit to making intentional efforts, in partnership with members of our university community, to ensure that SUA is an environment where each individual feels a genuine sense of belonging and inclusion.

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“SUA is a microcosm of a future world in which outstanding intellects from many different cultural backgrounds will gather in friendship and harmonious coexistence. Our university is the hope of the human race, fostering great leaders who will unite the world with the treasure of humanity, transcending all barriers of nationality, ethnicity, and cultural background.”

—Daisaku Ikeda