Executive Vice President and Provost Eddy Rojas had a conversation about Hispanic Heritage Month with junior Carolina Delgado Sonora, a marketing major at the University of St. Thomas who is also a member of the student club HOLA! The two shared thoughts on what this celebration of Latinx culture and history means to them. Delgado… The post Celebrating Latinx Culture and Heritage appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Living Our Mission for a Just and Equitable Society
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our Catholic identity at St. Thomas. Archbishop John Ireland founded the University of St. Thomas for immigrants who weren't welcomed elsewhere. Our convictions call us to protect and enhance the dignity of every human and to work for a more just and equitable society. We strive to be a university characterized by radical hospitality and are steadfast in our commitment to embedding a shared sense of belonging where all feel welcomed.
The university's internal work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is coordinated through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI). ODEI ensures that our work within the university to make St. Thomas more inclusive happens at all levels and includes everyone. By using data and stories to measure progress and experiences, and by transparently communicating across the university, ODEI helps campus culture continuously become more diverse and welcoming. In addition, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services (SDIS) directly supports students by offering programming that promotes diversity and social justice awareness and working to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.
At the same time, St. Thomas is working outside of our walls to achieve social justice and dismantle inequities in the broader community through the Racial Justice Initiative. Through a distinctive focus on historical recovery, the Initiative creates opportunities in partnership with local leaders and groups for critical conversations and actions around racial justice.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are indispensable to academic excellence and the holistic development of our students. Our university community includes and welcomes people of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experiences, physical and intellectual abilities, financial means, and all other characteristics as protected by applicable laws.
Resources and Support for:
Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Racial Justice Initiative
Dougherty Family College
Opened in 2017, Dougherty Family College offers an associate degree designed to propel students towards success and provide a smooth transition to a four-year college. This two-year college program is for inspired students who want to obtain a four-year college degree and face financial or social obstacles on the way to their goal.
Student Diversity and Inclusion Services (SDIS)
SDIS promotes diversity and social justice awareness for all students through personal interactions, leadership and training opportunities, and various sponsored and co-sponsored educational programs. We aim to ensure the retention and graduation rates of students of color are equitable, and to maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming
In May 2021, the Committee finalized its Report on Principles for Renaming, which provides a coherent set of principles to use when considering the renaming of a building, program, or other asset at the University.
News from St. Thomas
People magazine recently selected the best books to read for fall 2022 and Call Him Jack, co-authored by Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, and Michael Long, made the list under the young adult category. Call Him Jack, a biography about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is described by the publisher as… The post In the News: People Magazine Selects Yohuru Williams' Book as a Must-Read for Fall appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
If you walk across campus this week, you might run into a very focused group of educators. On the evening of Aug. 1, these teachers, parents and community leaders found themselves immersed in several pieces of artwork. Each piece featured subjects from different cultures, and each had a lesson to tell. Viewers were asked to… The post Driving Change: St. Thomas Hosts National SEED Project Workshop appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
Each summer on the University of St. Thomas campus, a group of 16 incoming students put on a talent show. The show is a hidden gem – it’s low-budget and barely advertised. Some years, you’ll catch poetry and singing. In others, improv or rapping. While certainly entertaining, for these fledgling college performers, the experience is… The post The REAL Program: Creating Pathways for Underrepresented Students appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.
When award-winning photographer Angelica Dass decided to write her first children’s book, she knew it needed to be much more than a book. It needed to teach important lessons. And above all, it needed to be playful. For years Dass has educated the world through her critically acclaimed Humanae project – a collection of portraits… The post A More Colorful World: Playful Learning Lab Partners With Acclaimed Photographer appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.