Our Commitment, Our Progress

In the pursuit of creating a campus that is welcoming to all, we are guided by our mission and our Ignatian values of reflection and action. Like many other universities and institutions across America, we are committed to this important work, understanding that the path to becoming a more diverse, inclusive and equitable campus can be challenging and complex. We invite our entire community to join us by coming together, working together and learning from one another.

This resource will act as a checkpoint on our goals and progress as we work towards being an inclusive, diverse and equitable community for all.

Strategic Initiatives for 2019-2020

  • Partner with Enrollment and Student Life to:

    • Pilot the Fly Program for Pell grant recipients to assist in college transition
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Complete bias awareness training for admissions staff prior to the application review process
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Improve recruiting strategies by partnering with local high schools, community colleges and other institutions
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Develop enhanced relationships with counselors from high schools in the greater Philadelphia area
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
  • Partner with Human Resources to:

    • Enhance and expand Inclusive Excellence in Recruitment Education for all search committees introduced Fall 2018 via faculty hiring with three sessions offered in November 2018.  Additionally, a session will be offered in December 2019 and open to all search committees – faculty, staff & administrative
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Expand Equal Opportunity data analysis for all employment searches, exploring the applicant pool prior to launching interviews and candidate selection
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Develop a shared DEI onboarding curriculum for all new employees, including faculty and staff.
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Develop DEI education and support for newly hired and newly promoted supervisors
      • Status: To start for Fall 2020
    • Incorporate a race and gender equity review in the next University compensation review
      • Status: Utilizing a consulting firm, a comprehensive review to be completed in 2020
    • Explore ways to incorporate DEI performance indicators and assessment in the University performance management process
      • Status: Pilot to start in Spring 2020
  • Partner with Academic Affairs to:

    • Explore and develop an Inclusion & Diversity Forum for the SJU Community (with keynote)
      • Status: Not yet started
    • Foster relationships with additional Community-Based Organizations to integrate with curriculum
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Offer new and existing SJU community members the opportunity to participate in FACTUALITY.
      • Status: In progress for January 2020
    • Integrate and coordinate community engagement efforts across all departments 
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Utilize Place-Based Community Engagement Process to identify community partners and assess the needs of the local community
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019
    • Strengthen the Gompers School relationship
      • Status: In progress for Fall 2019

Progress Report Highlights

    • Residence Life increased the cultural competency development for professional and student staff
    • The University bias activity response protocol was revised, with enhanced training
    • The Office of Community Standards coordinated a review of the Student Handbook and Community Standards process to address bias and discrimination, resulting in the creation of the Responding to Bias Activity Protocol, which contains: 
      • Definitions of bias activity, discrimination, harassment, and hate crimes
      • Options for reporting bias activity, including anonymous reporting and the reporting of hate crimes to police agencies
      • Procedures for an institutional response to a report of bias activity
      • Processes for addressing reports of bias activity by the Office of Community Standards (e.g. review of reports by the newly formed Bias Activity Review Group, and the use of trained panels for hearings). 
    • Additionally, the review resulted in the inclusion of a new violation (Engaging in Bias Activity) in the Student Handbook and clarified language regarding the access to student record information. 
    • Residence Life was successful in their efforts to increase the diversity of Residence Assistants from 18% in 2018 to 33% in 2019
    • The Office of Teaching and Learning held a 6-week faculty development seminar taught by Dr. Aisha Lockridge on Decolonizing the Curriculum, Incorporating Diverse Teaching and Practice into the Classroom. Six faculty members were supported to participate in the seminar and substantially redesign a course, informed by antiracist and intersectional pedagogical practices.
    • New faculty orientation included sessions on creating an inclusive classroom
    • Several University mandates related to DEI have been initiated and are under discussion;
      • One curricular mandate proposes to add a diversity overlay course to the General Education Program
      • Another mandate proposes to pilot adding a discussion lab to a first-year seminar course related to topics around race, diversity, and inequality.
    • The Office of Teaching and Learning will continue to sponsor Dr. Janée Burkhalter and Dr. Aubrey Wang’s Multicultural Faculty Learning Community. The key text this year is Cornelius Minor’s We Got This.
  • Spring 2019

    • The Faith-Justice Institute held Engage 45 which were three educational presentations and a chance for student dialog 
    • The University bias activity response protocol was revised, with enhanced training

     

    Summer 2019

    • All first-year students who attended orientation in June 2019 participated in FACTUALITY

     

    Fall 2019

    • On September 26, 2019, the Faith-Justice Institute, the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, and the Office of Teaching and Learning co-sponsored a Day of Learning on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism – Open Wide our Hearts.  Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Mount Mary University, spent the day discussing the dismantling white privilege, unconscious racial bias, and a path forward. Our distinguished guest met with faculty and students, participated in a classroom visit, and ended the day with a reflection dinner.
  • Winter 2019

    • Approximately 400 members of the SJU Community participated in FACTUALITY training in January 2019

     

    Spring 2019

    • CID Welcomed students from Episcopal Academy for a preview of college in Spring 2019
    • Hosted members of the community during the Diversity Lecture Series: An Evening with Andrew Gillum lecture in March 2019

     

    Summer 2019

    • From June to July 2019, CID held its Annual ICC Summer Enrichment program for high school students 
    • On August 12, 2019, the University partnered with the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation (WORC) along with the Wynnefield Business Association for a Back to School Event 

     

    Fall 2019

    • The Ignatian College Connection Pre-College Conference welcomed 42 local students and their parents to campus on October 5th

Our ultimate goal as a University should be to enhance each person’s sense of belonging, particularly those who have experienced marginalization. Every individual on campus should feel comfortable that they are part of a greater whole."

Wadell Ridley

Wadell Ridley ’19 (MBA)

Interim Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

REPORTS

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Reports

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Inclusive Excellence Blueprint Draft

Barbelin Hall from below

Racial Bias Taskforce Action Plan

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Campus Climate Survey Report

Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Search

The Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will provide leadership, advocacy, support services, and programming to strengthen the culture of inclusion and diversity at Saint Joseph’s University by maintaining an active and visible presence on campus and actively partnering with students, faculty, staff and administrators. Saint Joseph’s University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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