The Saint Joseph’s College community commits itself to nurturing highly competent and deeply compassionate leaders ready to serve in a vulnerable world. We recognize that our diverse perspectives are shaped by religion, nationality, experience, culture, status, and more. In order to confront the historical persistence of discrimination and oppression based on race, gender, class, abilities, and other differences, we embrace diversity and actively promote a culture of inclusiveness and equitability as vital expressions of our Core Values, the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, and Catholic Social Teaching.
Fulfilling Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
On July 2, 2020, College President Dr. Jim Dlugos, issued a "Call to Action Against Racism." Below are some of the goals for the College:
- Processes for recruiting students, faculty, and staff of color;
- Additional scholarships and financial assistance to support students from under-represented communities;
- Audit of our practices and culture relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Anti-racism workshops to community members;
- Establishment of an Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Continuing the Work
There is much work that remains to be done. For example:
- The processes for recruiting students, faculty, and staff of color still require review. Some of them will be addressed in the audit (see "How Are We Doing?").
- Review and improve the ways that the College collects demographic data to better inform its practices, policies, and goals.
- Evaluate and improve programming around cultural holidays and months such as Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Black Catholic History Month, as well as important religious feasts and holidays.