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.
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.
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.
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.
This course, team-taught by Dr. David Williard and Dr. Todd Lawrence, focuses on the long struggle of African Americans for justice and equality in the U.S. Analyzing literary and historical texts, students in this course will learn about and engage in research on African American history and culture. Utilizing historical, literary, and cultural approaches, this interdisciplinary course will immerse students into an exploration of the African American experience from multiple perspectives using dual disciplinary frameworks. For example, students may study Richard Wright’s Native Son, but would read the text within the historical and cultural framework of the Great Migration, connecting Wright’s text not just to other literary texts, but situating it within an historical and cultural context vital to the novel’s creation and essential for its interpretation.
Today, more than ever, women and girls need to hear stories and meet others who inspire and demonstrate positive values. The Headscarf™ features Amazing Grace Stories from women and girls who will share their own captivating stories of survival that provide encouragement and inspiration to participants. These stories will explore faith, perseverance, trust, and survival.
The program is hosted and held by the University of St. Thomas, School of Engineering. Participants will engineer, make, connect with mentors, work in the engineering labs, unwind at the University of St. Thomas recreation facilities, work with engineering faculty and build resources that they can access throughout their high school careers.
ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, uses the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota high school students tell the stories of their lives and communities.
Students gain a voice to tell their stories, helping them feel more connected to their communities and become more driven, knowledgeable, confident, tenacious, brave, enthusiastic and passionate in life.
Our Work in Ghana
In the summer of 2016, our office established partnership with the Senchi-Ferry community through the Ghana Scholarship Funds (GSF). GSF provides scholarships to high school and university students from rural communities in Ghana whose parents cannot afford to pay the required tuition fees. Our ongoing work includes: leadership and career seminars with GSF students, study abroad courses, and support for pipelining initiatives through the annual school supplies drive.
Rondo was a thriving African American community in Saint Paul. The history of Rondo was drastically changed in 1956 when construction began on the government erected new highway U.S. Interstate 94, which went directly through the Rondo community. The highway destroyed the economic engine of Rondo's prosperous community.
Our work in Rondo includes: an annual bus tour for faculty and staff (in collaboration with the Center for Common Good), community & economic development initiatives, and educational programming at K-12 schools.