Presidential Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso Community (CIVC)


The Presidential Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso Community (CIVC) is a commission that reports to the President of Valparaiso University on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.


The Presidential Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso Community (CIVC) serves to determine, coordinate and advance the initiatives Valparaiso University needs to implement its vision to become a more inclusive and equitable community.


In the spirit of the Lutheran tradition, CIVC exists to empower a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff through inclusive dialogue, humble pursuit of equity, and collaborative policy advancement.


The individual search for truth and the equality of all persons are key values in the Lutheran tradition. We hold that truth and knowledge come from experience and dialogue and can only be achieved through engagement with diverse communities, ideas and perspectives.

Valparaiso University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Valparaiso University is a welcoming community, grounded in the Lutheran tradition, built on values of mutual respect, positive regard, freedom, and reliant on grace. We strive to boldly include all individuals and groups who contribute to the life of our campus in a mutually beneficial way. Difference is a strength and reason for celebration, and we affirm that we are most inclusive when we bring groups together to make decisions in collaborative, equitable ways. Our values do not support language or behavior that demeans members of our campus based on age, appearance, ethnicity, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, biological sex, disabilities (visible and invisible), ideological/political positions, intellectual perspective, socio-economic status, immigration status, veteran status, and national or regional origin. Actions and behaviors based on positions or perspectives that inherently marginalize, oppress, or deny full dignity to all are not tolerated. As such, we will consistently and vigilantly assess our academic and co-curricular offerings and our admissions, hiring, and promotion policies in reflection of these values.

Contact Information

Presidential Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso Community (CIVC)

Loke Hall
1100 Campus Dr. S
Valparaiso University