Diversity and Inclusion

Mission Statement

The mission of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) is to promote and encourage inclusion, diversity, and full participation of all persons in all aspects of Claremont’s campus life and culture.


The purpose of the Committee is to insure that Claremont School of Theology (CST) seeks, in all areas of its life, to achieve the highest standards of inclusiveness. CST is committed to providing an educational experience that is responsive to a global community. The role of CODI includes the recommendations of goals and the support of initiatives to utilize Claremont’s diversity – academic, cultural, and spiritual – which is present among staff, administration, faculty, students, alumni/ae, and trustees.


The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is a committee authorized by the Board of Trustees and is appointed by the President of the School of Theology. It includes representatives from each of the following constituent groups: staff, administration, students, faculty, trustees, alumni/ae, and friends of the School.

CODI Membership – SY 2014-2015

Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan, Convener—CST Bishop in Residence
Kah-Jin Jeffery Kuan – CST President
Edward Anderson – CST Student
Lea Appleton – CST Staff (Associate Dean, Student and Community Life)
Art Cribbs – CST Alumnus
Monica Coleman – Faculty
Meagan Wood – CST Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment
Henry Jefferson – Community member
Belva Brown Jordan – Associate Dean for Curriculum & Assessment
Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook – V.P. of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty
Lynn O’Leary-Archer – CST Administration (Sr. V.P. Administration and Finance)
Donna Porras – CST Staff (Dean’s Office)
Helene Slessariv-Jamir – Faculty
Heather Thomas – CST Student (staff for the Committee)
Elaine Walker – CST Staff (Circulation Librarian and CST Diversity Officer)
Toni Bond Leonard – CST Student
Kyung Sik Park – CST Student
Hafsa Arain – Bayon Staff

CODI/ Community Life Special Events


  • September 11: 12:30 – 3:00 – CODI Community Event
  • September 30: 11:30 – 1:00 – Community Conversations
  • October 30: 12:30 – 3:00 – CODI Community Event
  • November 12: 11:30 – 1:00 – Community Conversations


  • January 28: 11:30 – 1:00 – Community Conversations
  • February 12: 12:30 – 3:00 – CODI Community Event
  • March 10: 11:30 -1:00 Community Conversations
  • April 30: 12:30 -3:00 – CODI Community Event