Diversity, equity, and inclusion in Being a Bronco: Report of a student forum

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The Issue: Santa Clara University (SCU) orients new students to campus life and values through a year-long program known as Being a Bronco. Over the past decade, SCU has redesigned this orientation to devote greater attention to preparing students to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community. Students encounter this material in a mix of online modules and small group, face-to-face discussions that use an Intergroup Dialogue approach. SCU’s Office for Multicultural Learning (OML), which coordinates the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) material in student orientation, sought student feedback on how to strengthen student engagement and learning about these issues.

The Forums: On behalf of OML, students in COMM 128B - Dialogue and Deliberation organized a series of small group discussions to gather feedback from undergraduates on how to strengthen the introduction to DEI in Being a Bronco, especially:

  • What would increase student engagement?
  • What should students learn and what are the best ways to introduce these topics?
  • Which topics should be addressed in the online components and which need to be addressed in face-to-face discussions?

The forums also gathered information about what students feel is working well now in Being a Bronco.


Edited report by students in Dialogue and Deliberation course.