President's Statement on Diversity

  • As an American University: An American university must reflect America itself, where democracy promotes the free and vigorous exchange of ideas. Only by addressing undemocratic practices of inequity and exclusion and embracing diversity in all the ways in which it is manifest can such a university expose students to the many perspectives that comprise the human experience in preparation for leadership in the global community.
  • As a Catholic University: The Roman Catholic tradition affirms that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, any university that calls itself Catholic should reflect, affirm, and serve the full diversity of its members as the embodiment of the Kingdom of God.
  • As a Jesuit, Catholic University: Recent General Congregations of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) have made the promotion of faith and justice a constitutive element of all works in which Jesuits are involved. Today, more than ever before, in the face of rapidly changing demographics and mounting inter-cultural and geo-political tensions, Xavier University nurtures learners in the art of creative engagement with questions of peace and justice.
  • As a Jesuit, Catholic University in Cincinnati: Finally, as a university in Cincinnati, Xavier is engaged in the community by shedding light on such diversity issues as gender, race, ethnicity, class, national origin, and sexual orientation in ways that strengthen the bonds and benefits of communal life. As the University draws upon the diversity of people and thought to accomplish this work, it advances its mission through diversity.[2]

Further, in describing the effects of the 2001 Cincinnati racial civil unrest on him and his search for ways in which the university as citizen? could participate, the President stated the following: In order to consider how best to participate in community solution building, I realized that I needed to get to know them community outside of the University boundaries in a way that, to that point as a person, priest, or professor, I simply had not .As well-prepared as I may have been academically and administratively, I now needed further development in two areas: gaining education about the intersection of race and poverty,...Knowing Dr. [Gene] Beaupré's background, I was confident that he would be able to  begin to fill these gaps in my education and preparation for the Presidency. [3] The curricular aim of this proposal for Xavier University undergraduates is to greatly reduce the kinds of educational gaps identified by the President in the description of his experience

[1] Approved 11/21/06 by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Board of Trustees, Xavier University and cited 3/25/08 from the Vice-Provost of Diversity webpage.

[2]Cited from webpage of the Vice-Provost of Diversity

[3] Margo Heydt, Mike Graham, and Gene Beaupré, The President's Diversity Journey: Bridging the Isolation of Leadership through Executive Coaching and Community Engagement? (2005), p. 5 (unpublished paper available at the library page of the XU portal on e-reserve under Graham as instructor)