The La Sierra University logo is a symbolic combination of our motto (“from diversity, community”) and our aim (“to seek, to know, to serve”), expressing many dimensions of identity. Unlike the University seal, which indicates official academic sanction, the logo represents the University’s image and visual characteristics.
Often referred to as the “sunburst,” the logo’s symbol is made up of individual figures forming a circle. The figures express our various kinds of diversity—of basic functions (teaching, learning, service), of individual backgrounds (ethnic, cultural, religious, educational), of intellectual disciplines (academic, professional, vocational), and of singular personalities (abilities, interests, temperaments). The circle in which the figures are arranged expresses the underlying unity enriched by our diversity—the unity of our ultimate values (faith, integrity, courage, compassion), our fundamental attitudes (trust, respect, openness), and our primary activities (learning, worship, service). The proximity of the figures in the circle formation expresses our connectivity and interrelatedness. Their attitude of joyful worship reflects our conviction that faith is an essential part of learning, and that learning is an essential part of faith.
The general impression of a sun expresses the greatest goal of La Sierra University—to enhance the light of God’s truth and the warmth of His love in all of its people, in its sponsoring church, and in the surrounding world.