Messages from the DEI Office

January 2021

Members and Friends of the Soka Community,

Thank you for visiting the webpage for the newly formed Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This page will continue to evolve as new initiatives develop and programs get underway, and it will serve as a central location for sharing campus developments relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At this important juncture in the history of the university, we also face a turning point in our world. Now, more than ever, we see the tremendous need for the steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life that Soka aims to foster.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion as defined by Soka’s mission and values are rooted in a systems-way of thinking, where each person polishes and advances the “other,” where each individual and the “other” foster mutual growth, from which is born a true respect and compassion for each other. The work will be about building our humanity and character individually and collectively, and collaborating to ensure that community practices and policies align with our mission.

One of the immediate focuses of the office will be rolling out more comprehensive training and educational opportunities for the community.

The Office of DEI will serve as the central body carrying out and supporting SUA’s ongoing efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will work closely with the DEI Strategic Planning Committee—responsible for short and long-range planning and assessment—and the Unity and Diversity Council (UDC)—responsible for offering guidance and advice to the office. The below links will contain ongoing updates from each body.

I am sincerely looking forward to connecting with you and engaging in this important and transformative work together.

In Community,
Maya Gunaseharan
Manager for Diversity Initiatives and Community Building