Inclusion on Campus: Make a Visible Commitment to Diversity

As the nation grapples with conflicting views and tense rhetoric, Catholic college leaders have the opportunity to raise high the value of diversity and inclusion. In a recent State of the University address, Madonna University President Michael Grandillo reminded his campus of the longstanding Franciscan commitment to diversity, embodied in the institution’s diversity committee, the appointment of a nationally known diversity expert to the board of directors, and other activities.

Ursuline College President Sr. Christine De Vinne is teaching a course this spring, “50 Years of Diversity at Ursuline, 1966-2016,” exploring changes in the local community since the 1966 desegregation riots.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short examples of  diversity at Catholic institutions of higher education as part of a series called “Inclusion on Campus”.  Stay tuned to hear how Catholic institutions are promoting diversity as an expression of God’s grandeur!

Catholic Higher Education Mission and Identity Database

Need fresh ideas for embodying Catholic identity in your work? Looking for a successful Catholic mission-related program to replicate on your campus? ACCU has launched a searchable inventory of promising practices in Catholic higher education mission and identity. This database includes programs, events, curricular designs, department structures, publications, and other practices that foster a greater sense of the institution’s Catholic mission and identity in the campus community.

If you have a practice to share, please complete the online form, and we will be glad to promote your good work!