Our mission is to create a school climate in which equity and inclusion are shared and celebrated guiding values for SLUH’s Board of Trustees, administration, teachers, staff, and students.
Inspired by Pedro Arrupe’s call for students of Jesuit schools to become men and women for and with others, we seek to train men who will cross barriers created by society’s ideas about race, gender, class, and sexuality in order to build God’s kingdom of peace and justice.
Our Ignatian value of cura personalis grounds our efforts to make our school accessible to all students who can benefit from our program, particularly those from groups that have historically faced limited access to the high quality educational experience we offer.
At SLUH, we insist upon a safe, inclusive learning environment for our students. We will never condone conduct or speech that is hateful or racist. We believe that every human being is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
In that spirit, we are committed to creating lasting and positive change in our institution with numerous initiatives to ensure equity and inclusion. Some recent and ongoing activities include:
- Added a Black Student Union group to our club offerings, along with several other affinity groups for minority students, while maintaining our very successful ACES group as an umbrella organization.
- Created a parent equity and inclusion group, called PACES, to advise school leadership, support initiatives, and welcome families.
- Created an official role in the hiring process for our Director of Equity and Inclusion to help ensure careful consideration of minority job candidates.
- Created a Board of Trustees sub-committee, composed primarily of minority parents and alumni, to liaise with PACES and to hold us accountable for identifying needed changes and executing them.
- Featuring racial and social equity as a regular focus of faculty in-service time.
- Identifying curricular pieces to develop a consistent focus on racial and social justice so that SLUH students graduate with the ability to identify and interrupt racism.
- Updating our school aesthetics and religious iconography so that it more fully reflects the diversity of the human race.