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Office of Diversity and Equity

Dr. Suresh Appavoo 

Dean of Diversity and Equity

Associate Professor of Education

50 Acacia Avenue 

San Rafael, CA 94901

P: 415.482.3598

E: suresh.appavoo@




Dominican's Office of Diversity and Equity declares its commitment to diversity and the fulfillment of its educational mission is best achieved when every member of the University community upholds in thought, word and deed.


Consistent with this declaration and Dominican ideals, the University recommends that every member of the community support and express his or her active commitment to diversity utilizing these guiding principles:

  • All members of the University community are collectively responsible for enabling and institutionalizing diversity throughout the University   
  • All members of the University community consider diversity constructively in all planning, policy, decision-making, procedural, academic and administrative operations throughout the University
  • All members of the University community refuse to accept any behavior or action that is diversity intolerant, insensitive, and or discriminatory
  • All members of the University community promote an on-campus environment that values equity and access of opportunity for all of its participants irrespective of background, nationality, culture, religion, class, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and disability 



E Pluribus Unum; Ut Unum Sint* Two profound visions -- our American civic tradition and our Catholic religious heritage -- inform Dominican University of California’s commitment to the principle of pluralism and to the dream of a reconciled community. Faithful to these birthrights, Dominican seeks to nurture attitudes and behaviors that promote global awareness, inclusive sensibilities, and respect for the dignity of each individual regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, culture, political conviction, or disability -- all in the light of the Truth that breathes forth love and in the hope of a common life that transforms the world.

*Out of many, one; that all may be one

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