Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

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Diversity:

The presence of the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Equity:

Having fair and just practices that ensure access, resources, and opportunities are provided for all to succeed and grow.

Inclusion:

The involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized.

Justice:

Creating environments that support all equitably without regard to race-ethnicity, gender identity, religion, or learning potential.

Appointed by the President in 2020, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Coordinating Council is an institution-wide committee charged with promoting the Benedictine, Catholic and liberal arts ideas of learning, justice and community to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

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The missions of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University call us to join together in the self-reflective, honest, unrelenting, and bold journey of becoming a beloved community for all.

The groundwork for this journey is found in our Benedictine Values and Wisdom traditions, our commitment to the Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and our institutional learning goals. Our Benedictine values inspire us to seek an awareness of God, to live in community, to respect all persons, to listen attentively, to extend hospitality, and to work for justice and stability. The Catholic tradition call us to uphold the dignity of all people, to dismantle systems of oppression, to understand the intersection of faith and reason, and to unapologetically act for the greater good. And our liberal arts heritage, as expressed in our institutional learning goals, challenges all members of our community to think critically and seek wisdom through the integration of knowledge and information.

For these and many other good and principled reasons, we commit fully to teaching and learning about and understanding the full range of human differences, to advancing just practices that ensure access and success for all, to welcoming all as members of our community so each feels a deep sense of belonging, and to relentlessly working for justice. We do all this because it is good and right. We do this because our mission calls us. We do this for individual and collective human flourishing.

This call is simple, powerful, and enduring.

Let us continue the journey, together.

Brian Bruess, President

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I am pleased to serve as the inaugural Senior Diversity Officer for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSB/SJU).  In my new and exciting role, I am charged to provide counsel to the President on diversity and inclusion matters and provide leadership for our diversity and educational equity initiatives.

Since January 2023, we have been laying a foundation for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) that is based on the wonderful work that has been and continues to be done by committed members of our community, and which honors our Benedictine heritage.  We have centered our work around these priorities, which align and support the university’s strategic priorities:

All of this is done with the knowledge that both DEIJ and our Benedictine values enforce our work toward the central purpose of higher education– to challenge students and all members of our community to think about their own perspectives, whatever those might be, and how they may best serve the common good.

Much has been accomplished, but we realize there is much yet to be done.  DIEJ work is by its very nature collaborative.  I hope that we will continue to work together to build a community and ultimately a world made better by all of the individual strengths we bring to this work and to our collective responsibility.

Sandra Mitchell, Senior Diversity Officer

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