Diversity & Identity
Preparing for identity considerations abroad is an important part of any study abroad journey. Take time to learn about the host country or city of your program, including how different aspects of your identity might be perceived in another cultural context. The Center for Global Education recommends researching your location or program of interest and the situation that impacts you.
Note: Even if you do not hold some identities, learning how they might be perceived in-country can help you be a supportive ally to your peers.
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference and that everyone deserves to feel safe and morally valued. To that end, we will challenge our own practices and systems. Our commitment to an inclusive environment will be incorporated into all decision-making processes. We dedicate ourselves to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. We commit to:
- Foster a learning and working environment that reflects respect for all persons
- Make decisions in accordance with our commitment to inclusivity
- Promote inclusion via self-reflection and professional development
- Respond to the common call of Catholic Social Teaching and Benedictine values to dismantle systems of oppression
- Share and engage these practices in all that we do in the classroom, across our campuses and in the greater world
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