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

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee has been tasked with drafting an institution-wide DE&I Plan that will include goals, initiatives, and measurable outcomes, including expectations for the Board of Directors. More details about the plan

Diversity Leadership Series: What Not to Do in DE & I Work

On September 14, 2018, members of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee will attend a training by the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits entitled "What Not to Do in DE&I Work."

Employee Talking Circles

Two talking circles for faculty and staff are planned for the summer. 

  • August 22nd at 10 am - Noon: A discussion on racism led by a professional facilitator. Equity committee members Guillermo Hansen and Jaddie Edwards will interview

Inclusion in the Modern Workplace Mandatory Training

In May-June 2018, Employees of Luther Seminary completed a mandatory training through EverFi, a leader in online educational offerings, called Inclusion in the Modern Workplace. 

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