Message from the President
Loyola Marymount University is committed to diversity in all its many forms. Diversity adds immeasurable value to an LMU education both inside and outside the classroom. Diversity is not an end in itself. Being exposed to other cultures and beliefs creates a fresh understanding of our society and ourselves. Hearing other voices fosters debate. LMU is a place where we are free to say what we think and where we also listen to others. Through speaking and listening, we probe diversity, work through its challenges and reveal the richness of its promise.
Excellence in academics is impossible if an education is exclusive or offered only to the privileged. We are building a diverse student body because it reflects the global community in which we live and work and because it is the right thing to do to fully educate our students for the future.
Diversity in our student body is not easily accomplished. There are many barriers to getting to college. LMU has undertaken several programs to seek out and encourage applications from disadvantaged students, to provide scholarships for those with need and to ensure that all admitted students get the support necessary for success at LMU and beyond.
Diversity in hiring of faculty and staff is also a challenge we meet head on. We have created programs to foster recruitment, hiring and retention of minority and women professionals in the faculty and on our staff.
With this in mind, we established the Intercultural Committee. It created a framework for embracing diversity and reflecting it in how we live our mission. The framework provides the definition, vision and goals to guide each of us as we work, study and learn together. I urge you to read it. It reflects our commitment and responsibility to foster, safeguard and work hard to retain diversity in all its forms.
David W. Burcham