The Diversity Center provides services and assistance for U.S. minority and international students at Luther, and offers educational programming and events for all Luther students. The Center works to promote a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding of the diverse individuals and groups that make up our campus, strengthen access to multicultural perspectives within the tradition of a liberal arts education, and advocate for policies that safeguard the inclusion and participation of all members of the community.
The Diversity Council is a standing committee of the college composed of faculty, administrators, and student senators, and representing every academic division of the college, the office of human resources, and the Diversity Center. The Council acts as the main campus voice on issues of diversity, including the status of women and other historically underrepresented groups; advises and supports campus diversity programming, training, and faculty and staff development; supports and assists the staff of the Diversity Center; and serves as an outreach resource to the Decorah community.
The Women and Gender Studies program allows students to take a number of courses in a variety of disciplines that deal with the experiences of women and/or focus on gender. Besides acquainting themselves with scholarship done on gender, students will be asked to reflect upon the kinds of questions such scholarship asks and the implications of such scholarship for their fields of study and social interaction.
The Women and Gender Equality Center has the mission of supporting women interested in bettering themselves and the world around them. The Center works to provide a safe environment for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Working in partnership with the Diversity Center, Global Concerns groups, Student Life and the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Women and Gender Equality Center supports the work of students and faculty in exploring the connections between gender, peace and justice. The Center can be found in Gjerset House, two doors down from the Center for the Arts.
Luther College is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, affirming our welcome to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons to participate fully in our ministry. RIC is a program for Lutheran communities of faith to answer the inclusive call of the gospel by welcoming believers of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The student congregation joined the RIC roster in 1995. Luther College is home to a diverse and engaged community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQIA+) and allied students, staff, and faculty. The ELCA is united in opposing all forms of violence or discrimination and is committed to welcoming all people, regardless of sexual orientation, and their families into our congregations.