Soka University has joined a consortium of more than 50 colleges and universities forming the new Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance to share strategies and resources to further racial equity in higher education.
“Soka University is proud to be an inaugural member of this alliance as we begin celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Aliso Viejo campus,” notes President Ed Feasel. “We have one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the nation and respect and care for every student is our highest priority.”
Alliance presidents and staff will share resources, meet regularly and take annual campus climate surveys to gauge conditions and progress as perceived by faculty, staff and students. Data from these surveys will be shared among member institutions.
Soka University’s new membership in the alliance will enhance the work of its new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Unity and Diversity Council. “Our goal,” added President Feasel, “is to concretely address racial injustice and intolerance in all of its forms.”
Soka University joins the alliance in partnership with Allegheny College, Amherst College, Bard College, Barnard College, Bowdoin College, Bucknell University, Carleton College, Centre College, Claremont McKenna College, Colby College, Colgate University, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Davidson College, DePauw University, Dickinson College, Goucher College, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Harvey Mudd College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Lafayette College, Luther College, Macalester College, McPherson College, Mount Holyoke College, Muhlenberg College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Randolph College, Reed College, Rhodes College, Scripps College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Soka University of America, St. Olaf College, Susquehanna University, Swarthmore College, Union College, University of Richmond, Utica College, Wabash College, Washington and Lee University, Wellesley College, Westminster College, Whittier College, Williams College and Wofford College.
Soka University of America is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school in Aliso Viejo, CA. Soka University offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and study abroad for every undergraduate student. Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 55% of Soka University’s students come from the US and 45% have come from more than 60 other countries. Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for full tuition Soka Opportunity Grants. Additional grant opportunities are available for higher income levels.