Antiracism Statement

Confronting Racism: Human Dignity in Action

Becoming an Anti-racist Community at CSB and SJU

In accordance with their common mission, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are rooted in the belief that all human beings are created in the image of God, and therefore worthy of dignity, respect, and love. The mission derives, in the first instance, from the Catholic tradition of our founding communities and the values of The Rule of Benedict. This religious tradition instructs us to meet Christ in every person and to value community life, justice, listening and hospitality. We recognize, however, that this mission is also inspired and fostered by faculty, staff and students of numerous other traditions – religious, agnostic and non-religious – whose values are no less dedicated to the inherent dignity of all persons.  For all of us, to live these beliefs is a daily challenge, and one that we – as individuals and communities – must meet, putting Benedictine values in action for the common good.

These beliefs call us to become explicitly and unapologetically anti-racist, particularly in the shadow of countless and long-standing acts of violence against people of color.  Racism is dehumanizing to everyone it touches and stands in stark contrast to our values and ongoing efforts to become a transformatively inclusive community. Anti-racism actively acknowledges and opposes the racial discrimination within our nation and in our campus communities. Much remains to be done to become an anti-racist community.  We must each examine our own attitudes, actions, and systems and act to challenge racist attitudes, actions and systems.  In the words of Pope Francis, “the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples” (Address to U.S. Congress, September 2015).

Therefore, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University affirm:

Together, let us walk the path of justice, affirming our commitment to an anti-racist community at CSB and SJU in humility and hope.

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