At Dominican, we are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and a culture that is welcoming and supportive of all.

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Dominican’s Declaration on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dominican University of California declares its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through enjoining the campus community to uphold and further a shared vision of “unity in  diversity.”

Our heritage is informed by a commitment to pluralism, defined by our understanding that our community draws strength from our differences. Dominican seeks to nurture attitudes and behaviors that promote global awareness, inclusive sensibilities, and respect for individuals’ diverse experiences and identities, across such categories as race, ethnicity, language, gender, sex, sexuality, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and/or ability. 

Consistent with the above declaration and Dominican values, the University exhorts every member of the community to support and express their active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion using the guiding principles stated below:

  • All members of the University community are collectively responsible for enabling and institutionalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University.
  • All members of the University community should consider diversity, equity, and inclusion constructively in all planning, policy, decision-making, procedural, academic, and administrative operations throughout the University.
  • All members of the University community should refuse to accept any behavior or action that is diversity-intolerant, exclusionary, insensitive, and/or discriminatory.
  • All members of the University community should promote a campus environment that continuously works for greater equity through leveling access of opportunity for all of its participants, irrespective of experience and identity, which includes but is not limited to the categories listed above.

Diversity in Action

The Diversity Action Group (DAG) is a standing committee of faculty, staff, administration, and students charged with the mission of advocating for, and creating a diversity sensitive institutional environment at Dominican for all stakeholders. To join, please email one of our committee co-chairs. 

Learn More About DAG

Diversity Awards

The Melba Beals Awards for Excellence in Diversity have historically recognized current students, faculty, and staff who have actively engaged with others in advancing diversity and inclusion in our community. We are currently reconfiguring these awards as grants to encourage individuals and groups on campus to continue this important work. Please check back soon for more info.

Emanuel Cifuentes Machado (student)
Noreen Hasan (student) and the SDAC (Student Diversity Action Committee)

Kylie Timmerman (student)
Olivia Catolico, Nursing (faculty)
Casey Halcro, Human Resources (staff)

Jennessica Holliday (student)
LeeAnn Bartolini (faculty)

The Dominican Community

Diverse, equitable and inclusive. 

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First Generation

Undergraduate students who are the first generation in their family to attend college

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Undergraduate students who identify as ethnically diverse.

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In Social Mobility

Ranked as a top school in Stanford research for increasing social mobility.

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Student Services and Resources

Learn more about the different resources (including Dominican’s campus diversity clubs) that support inclusive student experiences on campus.

Student Services and Resources
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Human Resources

Human Resources helps attract, retain and grow a talented and diverse workforce.

Human Resources
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Global Education

Fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence is a fundamental part of your Dominican education.

Global Education

Diversity Action Committee Co-Chairs

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Amy R. Wong, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
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George Faithful, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
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Nnekay FitzClarke, MLIS

Reference and Instructional Librarian Co-Chair Diversity Action Group