The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) of Saint Martin's University is committed to fostering an inclusive, supportive and equitable learning environment for all members of the campus community. Inspired by our Catholic, Benedictine tradition, which honors the dignity of each person and strives for peace and justice in our world, the DEC seeks to build a campus community that engenders inclusive excellence, facilitates intercultural understanding, and promotes social justice learning.
African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islander, Native American (AHANA) Connections is a three-day orientation for students of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Students living on campus get early move-in and a head start on making new friends, connecting with faculty and staff, and learning about campus resources and support services.
Practicing inclusive excellence
Creating an inclusive and welcoming community requires the dedication of faculty, staff, and students to promote inclusive excellence in all aspects of academic life. To this end, we work collaboratively with campus partners to sponsor a variety of diversity-related programs and events that recognize and validate our distinct identities, worldviews, and cultures. Our diversity is our strength.
Hospitality: “To offer warmth, acceptance, joy in welcoming others” (RB, 48)
Seeking social justice
Catholic social teaching calls us to protect human life, promote human dignity, and advance the common good. We sponsor a number of service opportunities for students to put this teaching into action. Through service opportunities, students are able to connect their learning about diversity with the political, social, economic, and global issues currently facing our shared humanity. Students emerge from these opportunities engaged citizens ready to transform their world.
Justice: “…that in all things God may be glorified” (RB, 57)
Developing critical consciousness
Supporting the overall success of students requires that faculty, staff, and students engage and promote an equitable educational environment. We offer a variety of programs and opportunities that support underrepresented students in their navigation of college life and educate faculty, staff, and students in building a more equitable community.
Respect for persons: “No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else” (RB, 72)