The University of St. Thomas is a community of learning that is enriched by the wide variety of experiences and perspectives of its students, faculty and staff.

The University is committed to building a diverse campus community to ensure that students, faculty and staff members can explore their interests, discover new academic and extracurricular pursuits and just as importantly, learn from each other. Our programs emphasize cross-cultural competence, enabling students to be useful members of a global society.

Providing service to students and faculty consistent with the mission of the University of St. Thomas is an important objective of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Consulting and outreach services are available for students, faculty, staff, academic departments, parents and community groups.

Multicultural Forum

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion convenes in Minneapolis each year to engage people, advance ideas and ignite change around the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity. The three-day conference is an experience that sets itself apart by focusing on big ideas, interactive discussions and lasting connections.

Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services advances social justice through service and advocacy with underserved individuals and communities through transformative educational experiences for our students. Through the IPC, students from the School of Law, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (a school of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling) and the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University School of Social Work can help people and communities who face complex legal, psychological and social issues but lack the resources to pay for the professional services they need.


The Excel! Research Scholars Program is a post-baccalaureate achievement program that prepares undergraduate students for successful completion of the baccalaureate degree, while preparing undergraduate students to apply to, be competitive for and excel in graduate school. Excel! Research Scholars are committed to social change and seek to achieve social justice through scholarship and research.

Human Diversity Courses

Courses fulfilling the human diversity requirement consider ways in which preconceptions, stereotypes and assumptions held by a particular individual, as well as that individual’s position within structures of privilege, affect understanding of issues related to diversity. These courses also explicitly address the ways in which the study of diversity is valuable to a liberal arts education and fosters respect for the diversity of peoples and cultures within the fundamental unity of humankind.