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Commitment To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a Lutheran institution of higher learning which serves a diverse community, our heritage grounds us in a belief that all people are beloved and fallible, that our lives are for the common good, and that we are called to be part of the unfolding justice and mercy of God.

We Are Committed To:

  • Equality - We promote a culture of mutual respect and strive to create opportunities for all.
  • Inclusion - We are committed to fostering a welcoming atmosphere that respects and celebrates contributions made by our diverse community members and their cultures.
  • Social Justice - We are called to work alongside people on the margins to empower them and to improve their quality of life.
  • Freedom - We value dialogue, difference, and debate in pursuit of knowledge and understanding that encourages growth and discovery.
  • Leadership Through Service - We value opportunities for growth as global citizens and leaders through service learning and civic engagement.

Proud To Be A Hispanic-Serving Institution

With a Hispanic student population of 40 percent, TLU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the Department Of Education. HSIs also serve students by promoting a racially diverse student body, fostering a positive and open campus, and providing services that are specifically designed to help Hispanic students.

Diversity Action Plan

Diversity Action Plan

In Spring 2018, the university was one of 25 colleges and universities selected to participate in an institute sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) titled, "Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts." Participating in the institute led TLU to develop a detailed action plan focused on the following goals:

  • Expand student support systems in ways that consider distinctive needs of our diverse student body
  • Prioritize faculty and staff diversity at every level of the university
  • Build models on our campus for civil discourse across difference
  • Refine and expand curricular offering in ways that emphasize diversity and inclusion
  • Increase co-curricular modules devoted to diversity and inclusion
  • Implement a university-wide review and revision of hiring procedures with the goal of increasing diversity
  • Host a lunch series on cultivating civility in both the classroom and student life
  • Expand educational opportunities in interfaith diversity through curriculum revision and invited speakers
  • Train faculty and staff in the pedagogical practices of the Inter-Group Relations (IGR) program at the University of Michigan
  • Prioritize diversity issues in the next university strategic plan

Learn More about the CIC’s Institute

Read TLU's Strategic Vision For Diversity


Campus-Wide Diversity Efforts