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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Seaver College

The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering prepares tomorrow’s engineers, scientists, and mathematicians with a strong STEM foundation to pursue lives of meaning and purpose. We do this with a commitment to foster a sense of belonging, reinforce diversity and equity initiatives, and cultivate an anti-racist institutional climate that supports inclusive excellence and contests systemic oppression in all forms.

The Seaver College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Members of our Seaver DEIC Committee

Seaver’s DEI Committee welcomes your engagement and participation. Comprising staff, faculty, and administrators, our committee strives to move our institutional structure and processes towards equity and inclusion and to address systemic racism, discrimination, and disparities in our college. STEM disciplines have long suffered from under-representation of women as well as Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people. We must understand the reasons for this and work to correct them, and it will take all of us working together to make it happen. Please join us in this task!

Meet the Committee

Contact the committee at

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Dr. Heather Tarleton, Ph.D.

Heather Tarleton is the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion

In January 2021, Heather Tarleton, Ph.D., started her term as the inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. “Seaver College reaffirms our commitment to inclusive excellence,” said Seaver College Dean Tina Choe. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to our mission. Associate Dean Tarleton will work with our leadership and community to further bolster a collaborative environment that prioritizes DEI in all aspects of our college.”

Get to Know Dr. Tarleton

Seaver DEI Dialogues Initiative

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This fall, the Seaver DEI Dialogues will continue in-person (and outside) with lunchtime discussions of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do” by Dr. Claude M. Steele. Dr. Steele is an American social psychologist and the Lucie Stern Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford.  He is best known for his work on stereotype threat in higher education.  Dr. Steele has also served in several academic leadership positions, including Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California at Berkeley (2014-16); the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University (2011-14), and Provost of Columbia University (2009-11).

We are pleased to have Dr. Linh Hua joining us as a co-facilitator of the discussions. Dr. Hua earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Irvine, specializing in African American and Asian American literary and cultural history, critical theory, and feminist theory. She is an LMU CTE-DEI Faculty Fellow and also heads LMU’s Citation Initiative, now heading into its fourth year, for which she was awarded a 2020-21 Inclusive ExcellenceGrant.

Complimentary books will be provided to participants. Please take a moment to review some of the SEAVER DEI Dialogues - Questions to consider.

Please contact Associate Dean Heather Tarleton if you have additional questions and we hope to see you soon.

Seaver DEI Professional Development Opportunities

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In partnership with the LMU Center for Teaching Excellence and other campus partners, Seaver College organizes workshops, events, and trainings to support DEI efforts. Some of these workshop topics have included Building a Department-Level Peer Mentoring Program, Understanding the Importance of Identity and Culture in STEM, Learning the Language and Navigating the Concepts of DEI, Anti-Racist and Equitable STEM Classrooms, and more.

Restorative Practices Training for Faculty and Staff

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We are all navigating multiple challenges in an increasingly complex workplace. Humans are inextricably linked yet have unique lived experiences based upon their salient identities. We need resources and skills to help us effectively navigate these challenges.

DEI Resources

To build any bridge, it requires tools. In keeping with the vision outlined in our institution's Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026, LMU is actively working form a new generation of ethical leaders able to identify, analyze, and respond to the most challenging problems facing our rapidly changing global society. As our students begin to build upon these foundational principles, we too must set about integrating knowledge with action. View LMUs Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026 as a pdf here.

DEI Happenings and Featured Events

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Why Community Matters in DEI Work

LMUs Director of DEI, Capacity Building Programs and Initiatives Joseph Bernardo, provided a very conscious and straightforward reminder that diversity and social justice initiatives have never been about one group or one cause. Click here to read the LMU Spotlight.

Join us for a Virtual Fireside Chat with Dr. Kelly Mack

Dr. Kelly Mack is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Friday, October 7th at 9am Dr. Mack will join us for a candid exchange about how to best guide DEI strategic plans into the realm of reality.  Register here to join the discussion.



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