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This site highlights Luther Seminary's work to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Task Force Created

A task force comprised of alumni, faculty, and staff has been created to oversee the work of advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity at Luther Seminary. Task force members have responsibility in many areas in the life of the institution, including

Welcome Statement

A diversified group of faculty, staff, and students were assembled to draft a new welcome statement that expresses Luther's commitment to radical hospitality in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The statement was endorsed by the faculty,

Mandatory Staff & Faculty Training - April 2018

Human Resources Director Arnita Walls scheduled a mandatory all-day staff and faculty training, Transforming White Privilege, on Friday, April 13, 2018. More than 70 Luther Seminary employees attended.

An overview of the workshop is below.

Courageous Conversations - March 2018

March 12-18, 2018, the student group Dismantling Racism: Beloved Community (DR:BC) led a series of actions for the entire community called Courageous Conversations

After the facilitated Respectful Conversations event with Prof. Mary Hess on

Many Voices, Tell the Story, Create the Vision, Build Our Future: African Descent Lutheran Association

The African Descent Lutheran Association created "Many Voices, Tell the Story, Create the Vision, Build Our Future," a strategic plan and vision document detailing God's work in and through the African descent community of the ELCA, and outlining steps

Transforming White Privilege - Racial Equity Tools

Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity from Racial Equity Tools is curriculum designed to help current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about, and intervene to address white privilege and its

Racial Justice Resources - ELCA

The ELCA has several racial justice resources available for order or download, including:

  • God's Faithfulness on the Journey from Rostered Women of Color
  • Breaking the Bonds
  • Lazarus at the Gate
  • Understanding and Dismantling Racism
  • Even the Stones

Racial Justice Resources - Women of the ELCA

Women of the ELCA has developed several racial justice advocacy resources.

From their website:

We know some of the hazards of having conversations about race. We know far too many conversations about race fail to be helpful. This is a shame, because

Report an Incident

If you feel that you have experienced sexual misconduct, racial or ethnic harassment or disability discrimination, there are multiple ways to report it. 

You can report directly to: the Director of Human Resources, Dean of Student Life,