Our Commitment to Diversity

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Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment at St. Thomas. As a Catholic university, St. Thomas has a special responsibility to create a culture that advances these values.

  • We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community.
  • We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
  • We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.

Each of us at St. Thomas is called to protect and enhance human dignity, in community with each other, and to work for a more just and equitable society. We cannot fulfill this charge without fully acknowledging, welcoming, including, engaging with, and seeking to enhance our understanding of the diverse individuals who make up our community, both at St. Thomas and beyond. Every human is deserving of love, justice and opportunities to participate actively in the economic, political and cultural life of our society.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are indispensable to academic excellence and the holistic development of our students. Our university community includes people of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. As an educational community, we live, learn and work inclusively in fulfillment of our shared commitment to advance the common good.

In an emergency, please call 911 (off-campus) or 651-962-5555 (on-campus).

Resources

In accordance with our University of St. Thomas mission of advancing the common good and convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention, we seek to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.

  • 360 Journalism -- inspires and teaches diverse Minnesota high school students to use multimedia storytelling to share the stores of their lives and communities.
  • Dease Scholarship -- increases access to a St. Thomas education for underrepresented students via a renewable annual scholarship program.
  • Diversity Activities Board -- organizes student-led events and activities in the areas of social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Student Organizations -- builds networks of support through ten student-led groups promoting cultural awareness and dialogue.
  • Excel! Research Scholars Program -- prepares first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented undergraduate students for graduate school admission and to be competitive for graduate school funding.
  • The Forum on Workplace Inclusion -- hosts learning events and an annual professional conference on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.
  • The Intercultural Center -- a space for building a deep intercultural understanding of one another within our campus commnity.
  • Linkages Mentor Program -- provides formal peer mentoring designed to support retention of underrepresented students.
  • REAL Program -- provides a five-week summer academic and co-curricular orientation for incoming underrepresented first-year students.

If you are a victim or are aware of criminal conduct, you are encouraged to contact local law enforcement. The St. Thomas Department of Public Safety can assist you in making such a report, call 651-962-5100.