Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach (DECO)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Ignatian Tradition.

Serving as the university's institutional equity office, the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach (DECO) seeks to promote a campus climate and culture that values diversity in all its forms - through inclusive dialogues, interpersonal experiences, and intercultural appreciation - in support of a thriving campus climate and inclusive excellence.

Areas of Focus

  • Capacity Building & Community Formation - DECO designs spaces of learning and dialogue for faculty, staff, and students through capacity building initiatives and programming, such as our Centering Equity Series learning sessions. We provide thought partnership, advocacy, and mentorship to effectively expand awareness of racial, gender, disability and other equity issues; develop skills for inclusive education; and facilitate the exchange of best practices to advance the success of traditionally underrepresented and disenfranchised university and community populations.
  • Campus Climate & Culture - DECO develops programs and initiatives that respond to current attitudes, behaviors, and experiences of historically underrepresented and disenfranchised university community members. We assess ever-changing campus climate needs while also proactively designing spaces for community building to create and a campus culture in which we all thrive.
  • Community Outreach & Partnerships  - Through community-centered initiatives, DECO welcomes the larger San Francisco community to our campus to facilitate critical partnerships with local, national, and global leaders, as well as other anchor institutions. 
  • Policy Advisement - Through collective discernment processes that acknowledge the full range of community experiences, campus members come together to create and influence institutional policies and processes that can alleviate gaps and build resources. DECO's policy advisement develops a network of experts in various areas of campus equity work.