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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bellarmine

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“Bellarmine University is a community of compassion but we too can do our part to improve the lives of all members of our community, to work to understand and rise above our own prejudices, and to embrace the inherent dignity of each individual person.” — President Susan M. Donovan

In the spirit of our mission and vision, we honor and celebrate the unique qualities of our students, faculty and staff members. At the heart of our philosophy is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Diversity describes the distinct attributes and identities that each person brings to the community—including, but not limited to, individual life experiences, race or ethnicity, religious or faith tradition, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • When we say we are a community of inclusion, we strive to walk the walk as well—by welcoming each person and validating their uniqueness, taking care to understand and learn from one another, so that we as a university cultivate our mutual awareness of and respect for those we come into contact with.
  • Finally, when we work for equity, we seek to provide access to and opportunities for all as they participate in educational, social and spiritual programs and activities, as we endeavor to close historical gaps in academic success and achievement.

This commitment is the bedrock for all of Bellarmine’s policies and principles: our administration of educational guidelines; scholarships and other financial aid opportunities; athletics and other curricular and extracurricular programs, clubs and activities; and interactions with local, state and regional entities.

We believe that advancing equity and creating a diverse and inclusive academic environment in the image of our city requires an open mind, wisdom, and inspiration. Reaffirming Thomas Merton’s values of inclusion and compassion, we must foster critical dialogues, informed collaborative engagement, and transformative teaching.