Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Hello everyone! Congratulations on kicking off the new academic year, and a warm welcome to the Undergraduate Class of 2026 and Graduate Class of 2024! We also extend a welcome to new faculty and staff joining us! On behalf of the team in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), we can’t wait to get to know you, support you, and partner with you this year.
Our website will house regular updates about the work that is underway in the office, so please tune in to see what’s new and explore the Archives section for details about work that has taken place since the Office opened in 2020.
As we kick off this year, we are excited to introduce Jacqueline Cid, who has transitioned from Student Activities to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! We are thrilled to welcome Jacqueline to the team.
Questions and feedback are welcomed and encouraged, so please reach out at any time. In the meantime, enjoy reading and follow us on IG (@sokaDEI) to stay in the loop of upcoming projects and events.
Thank you for all that you will do to shape our culture of inclusion based on respect for the dignity of life this year. We look forward to connecting with you!
Soka’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
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.
- Archived Messages from the DEI Office
- The actions we have taken in response to the original set of student demands presented to the university in November 2019 can be found on a Demands and Actions document online (Latest update February 2022). We reiterate our commitment to working in collaboration with all students to create the most inclusive campus and will continue to provide updates as they occur.
- Unity and Diversity Council (2020-21)
“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.”