Equity and Inclusion at PAU

In this section, you will find resources to support healing and self-care, wellness, and growth for members of communities with distinct lived experiences and needs, and information about endeavors and institutional entities in support of the development of a more inclusive and equitable institution. 

Building an equitable, inclusive, and just community takes institutional commitment and individual practice.

Palo Alto University's core values of social justice and cultural responsiveness drive our work to develop and sustain institutional systems that foster equity-minded training, inclusive practices, and a community that embodies belonging.

We ground this work in the foundational belief that inclusion is required for individuals and institutions to thrive and achieve their greatest potential.

Palo Alto University uses the Inclusive Excellence Framework as the basis for our endeavors to build individual and institutional capacity in equity. 


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Inclusive Excellence Framework

Palo Alto University uses the Inclusive Excellence Framework as the basis for our endeavors to build individual and institutional capacity in equity. Information about the framework and the working definitions of related concepts can be found at the link below.

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Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We are on Native land. We humbly acknowledge that Palo Alto University campuses on the San Francisco peninsula sit on the land of the Ohlone and the Ramaytush Ohlone people, who trace their ancestry across the San Francisco Bay Area, including the areas of Missions Dolores, Santa Clara, and San Jose. We remember their connection to now-named Pearson-Arastradero Preserve and give thanks for the opportunity to live, work, learn, and pray on their traditional homeland. Let us take a moment of silence to pay respect to their Elders and to all Ohlone people of the past, present, and future. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty forevermore. For more information about indigenous land acknowledgements, click here