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Diversity & inclusion

Recognizing and embracing diversity is an essential part of academic life and learning. Diversity is our strength. Inspired by our Catholic Benedictine tradition, which promotes the transcendent dignity of the human person, we commit ourselves to fostering an inclusive and global learning environment in which all members of our community can thrive and succeed. We welcome the similarities and differences that comprise our students, faculty, and staff; we open ourselves to the profound change that different cultures, traditions, and beliefs can have on our practice of community; and we educate students to transform our world for peace and justice.

At-a-glance

Undergraduate enrollment (approx.) 1395
Graduate enrollment (approx.) 250
Nationalities represented on campus 19
Faiths represented on campus 21+
   
First-year profile (entering 2021)  
Percentage of students who are Catholic 45%
Percentage of students who identify as ethnically diverse 52%
Percentage of students who are first in their family to attend college 34%
Percentage of students who have financial need 84%
Percentage of students with need who receive financial support or aid 100%

 

We are committed to cultivating an engaged diverse, global and inclusive community

Campus Ministry
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Career Center
360-438-4382

Diversity and Equity Center
360-486-8847

Human Resources
360-491-4700

International Programs and Development
360-438-4504

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Diversity cultivates community

Recognizing and embracing our diversity is essential for creating an inclusive campus community in which all members of our community can flourish and succeed. Saint Martin’s seeks to create a sense of belonging and empowerment among all students, staff, and faculty. Inclusion truly exists when historically excluded persons see themselves as valued members of the community, who can shape and redefine the campus culture in significant and meaningful ways.

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Diversity inspires learning

As an academic learning community, Saint Martin’s embodies diversity and inclusion in and out of the classroom. We support curricular and co-curricular experiences that enable students to share across cultures and learn about diverse perspectives. Diverse educational experiences expand what students understand about themselves, others, and the world, equipping them with the necessary skills to engage the complexities of our multicultural and global society.

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Diversity promotes peace and justice

While we recognize and value the differences in and among ourselves, we are all part of the human family.  Our interdependence and common humanity inspires us to live out our core theme of community.  Our charisma of community carries with it a responsibility to educate students for justice and peace, particularly for those who live on the margins of society—the oppressed, vulnerable, and disenfranchised.  Educating our students to strive for peace and justice leads them on a path to promote the common good.  

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Diversity and Equity Center

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.