Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves Vanguard University by providing students with opportunities to increase their awareness of, engagement with, and connection to others, as they pursue justice and reconciliation within and across cultures.
Intercultural Student Programming exists to provide safe spaces for intercultural engagement, transform minds and hearts that practice inclusive excellence, and empower students to become change agents of compassion, in pursuit of justice and reconciliation.
Vanguard University’s APIC (Asian Pacific Islander Club) seeks to expand knowledge and awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander culture, language, and history through a variety of events and activities. In addition, this club supports Asian & Pacific Islander students with a cultural community that is familiar to their own, and provides a chance for students of different backgrounds to learn about Asian Pacific Island culture.
Events: APIC Night, Boba Night, Karaoke Night, Dinner and Dialogues
Vanguard University’s BSU (Black Student Union) exists to create safe spaces for Black and African-American students on campus. BSU provides programs that celebrate the beauty of African-American culture, sheds light into the depths of black history and expands knowledge and awareness of Black culture, language, and history. This club supports Black students with a cultural community that is familiar to their own,in addition to providing a chance for students of different backgrounds to learn about Black culture. BSU is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the college experience of all students.
Events: Black Student Union Dinner, Hip Hop Night, Poetry Showcase, Dinner and Dialogues
Vanguard University’s El Puente serves Hispanic and Latino students by creating safe spaces to share and embrace their cultural heritage. El Puente provides programs and events that celebrate and educate on Hispanic and Latino culture, history and current events impacting VU students of Hispanic and Latino descent.
Events: Hispanic Heritage Block Party, Salsa Night, Cafecito con Pan, Dinner and Dialogues
The Mix exists to create a sense of belonging for students who identity as multiracial, multicultural and international. The Mix provides programs and events that discuss the unique experience of being a person who represents, embraces and lives within multiple culture dynamics.
Events: Multicultural Friendsgiving, Multicultural Awareness Week, Dinner and Dialogues
The purpose of Peacemakers is to empower students to be advocates for racial reconciliation and justice. Peacemakers provides programs and events that encourage students to live out Jesus’ call to be peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation at Vanguard University and beyond.
Events: Compassion Retreat, Anti-Racism Awareness Week, Dinner and Dialogues
Dr. Itzell Callejas is happy to assist any student and their family with any questions or concerns throughout your Vanguard experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance and support.
Dr. April Harris Akinloye
Chief Diversity Officer
Multicultural Academic Student Specialist