Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

August 2022

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!

With Gratitude,
Soka’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

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