President's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
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.
Approved 11/21/06 by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Board of Trustees, Xavier University