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

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Completed Initiatives

Completed initiatives related to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts at Luther Seminary.

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

Student-Only Listening Sessions - February 2018

President Robin Steinke and the student council co-hosted a series of three listening sessions--one in person and two online--in February 2018. Christine Belfrey-Johnson facilitated the conversations.

Student council president and vice president

Luther's Alumni Council Integrates Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) into their Processes - 2016-17

In 2016, Luther Seminary's 18-member alumni council took the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as part of their long-term strategy to diversify the council both ethnically and denominationally.
In addition, the council

The President's Table Takes the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) - 2016

In 2016, Luther Seminary's senior leadership team, the President's Table, took the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI is grounded in leading-edge academic theories and research to assess intercultural competence. Members of the President's