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Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion across campus and creating pathways that advance the college’s diversity at all levels. The office provides leadership for the college’s initiatives to enhance the intercultural competence of all students and employees.


Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will be demonstrated by:

  • A campus community that reflects the diversity in the world.
  • Attentiveness to equitable practices.
  • A learning environment that emphasizes diverse experiences and perspectives.
  • A similar sense of belonging for all students and employees
Dr. Gauri Pitale

Get to know Dr. Gauri Pitale, Augustana's vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Welcome message from the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was established in March 2018 in response to increases in the number of enrolled students of color and international students at Augustana College. The college has already laid important groundwork to foster a fertile environment for inclusion and diversity. The goal of this office is to build on that foundation to move Augustana toward a more inclusive community, one that continues to honor the Five Faith Commitments, particularly the social justice tradition. 

Augustana is a community driven by purpose, respect and civic responsibility. It strives to create the best environment where every member of our community can achieve personal fulfillment and success. — Augustana College Community Principles

Augustana College recognizes that our success is dependent on how well we value and engage the rich diversity of students, employees, alumni and external constituents. To that end, we are committed to inclusive excellence, a strategic framework that encourages us actively examine and evaluate institutional policies and practices. This assessment will allow Augustana to set goals with measurable outcomes evidenced in our strategic plan. Our focus for the next few years is to expand opportunities for access, commit to professional development, and develop new ways of operating that will be transformative for the college and our community. 

Meet our team 

Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Dr. Gauri Pitale, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Office for Student Inclusion and Diversity (OSID):

Ashley Allen, Director

Leticia Martinez, Administrative Assistant

Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS):

Xong Sony Yang, Director

Juanita Trevino-Perez, International Student Advisor 

Contact us

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Founders Hall 101

Student Inclusion and Diversity:
Gerber Center 418

International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS):
Gerber Center 402 ("Gävle 4")