Campus Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Welcome

At Fairfield, we believe that no matter what's going on in the world, more unites us than divides us. When we respect and value each other, we find the common good rooted in us all, and we work together to bring out each other's potential. 

We're committed to community - an inclusive, welcoming community that represents the ever-changing global populace. To that end, we offer initiatives like Upward Bound, a no-cost program for college bound high school seniors. We also offer a number of clubs and organizations that promote diversity, like the Ally Network and such academic offerings as the Program in Black Studies and Program in Asian Studies.

By encouraging better communication and understanding, we're fostering better students, and a better world. 

  • Embracing diversity has always been a distinguishing hallmark of Jesuit education. The tradition continues in Fairfield’s commitment to build a community of learners from a diversity of social, economic, racial, cultural, national and religious backgrounds.
  • The express purpose of a Fairfield education is the development of global citizens, young men and women who are at home in the world, able to engage in any cultural circumstance with an open mind and the capacity to empathize with the perspectives of others. 
  • Fairfield recognizes the importance of learning about and living in an increasingly dynamic and intercultural world. …and reflects this by striving to become a microcosm of the global community.

2018-19 Events

Fairfield United Cultural Activities Fair
Monday, Sept.10 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Lower Level
Meet the members of Fairfield United through our annual Cultural Activities Fair!

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered (FYE INSPIRE)
Wednesday, Sept. 12 | 5 p.m.
Barone Campus Center 100
A dialogue on how to navigate college with the intention of connecting with sophomore, juniors, and seniors.

Kaith Foster: STEREOTYPED 101 (FYE THRIVE)
Tuesday, Sept. 18 | 6 p.m.
Gonzaga Auditorium
Presenting diversity engagement specialist, motivational speaker, comedian, and entrepreneur Karith Foster's presentation titled Stereotyped 101 is designed to educate and cultivate a sincere comprehension of the intersection of modern day diversity through comedy and with a focus on Inversity™ - inclusion and introspection.

Where Are Our People From? (FYE INSPIRE)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 | 4 p.m.
Barone Campus Center 100
Begin with marking your homelands on our live-size map; end with a debrief hosted by Julie Mughal on the topic of immigration in current events.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
Jacques Schwarz-Bart, jazz saxophonist and his quartet
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts, Wien Experimental Theatre

Clothesline Project
Monday, Oct. 15 | 5 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Mezzanine
Take a stand against domestic violence by decorating t-shirts with quotes and words of encouragement in honor of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Hosted in collaboration with Distinguished Gentlemen.

LGBTQ+ and Fairfield U.
Thursday, Oct. 17 | 6 p.m.
Join us in a round table discussion with campus partners and members of Fairfield Alliance as we discuss LGBTQ+ life, allyship, and intersectional identity within the context of our Jesuit Catholic mission and identity.

Alumni of Color Reception and Panel
Sunday, Oct. 20 | 9 a.m.
Egan School Kanarek Center 103
The Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs would like to invite all students and alumni of color to meet, network, and gain insight on life after college through knowledge and personal anecdotes shared from our recent alumni.
This event is sponsored in collaboration with Academic Career Development Center & Alumni Relations.

Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies
"Looking for Bubbe: The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World in Heritage Tourism"

Monday October 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Daniel J. Walkowitz, PhD, emeritus professor of history and of social & cultural analysis at New York University, author of a dozen books, including The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World.

The Cherokee Word for Water Film Screening
Wednesday, Nov. 7 | 6 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Commuter Lounge
The Cherokee Word for Water is a film about the events surrounding the late Wilma Mankiller's life that led to her political career, and ultimately to becoming the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

International Education Week Kick Off
Monday, Nov. 12 | Noon
Barone Campus Center Lower Level
IEW celebrates international education, diverse identities and cultures, language, and experience. Hosted in collaboration with the Office of Study Abroad and the Office of Student Engagement.

Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture
"Defending Human Dignities"

Wednesday, November 14 | 8 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre An American Family.>
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Open Visions Forum.

Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies
"Is a Manuscript a Mirror? Reading Jewish History in Jewish Art"

Monday, November 26 | 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Marc Michael Epstein, PhD, professor of religion and visual culture, director of Jewish studies, Vassar College, author of The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination.

Where Are Our People From?
Tuesday, September 25 | 4 p.m.
Please join the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and JUHAN for a conversation to celebrate where our people are from: our family, colleagues, classmates, neighbors, and friends!

Nicaragua Uprising – The Frontlines
Tuesday, September 25 | 7 p.m.
Kelley Presentation Room
Erendira Vanegas, Women's Rights Coordinator for the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project will present on the current uprising, violence and political conflict in Nicaragua and her role as a civil rights advocate on the frontlines.

Photo Exhibit: Through the Eyes of Children: The Refugee Crisis
October – Mid-November
Canisius 200
In 2015, as refugees were fleeing Syria to Greece, Robin and Robert Jones helped families as they arrived after their treacherous sea journey. Their photographs put a human face on the refugee crisis and capture children's perspectives of this ongoing crisis. The CFPL would like to extend a special thanks to SBCares for loaning this exhibit to the Center.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) 2018 Back-to-School Event in N.Y.C.
Friday, October 12 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CFR's New York City headquarters at 58 East 68th Street.
Join us on a trip to CFR in New York City for the 2018 Back-to-School expert event, "Responses to the Global Refugee Crisis." You will have the opportunity to interact with foreign policy experts, attend a CFR networking reception, and learn about CFR's career and internship opportunities.

Syrian Refugee Camp Simulation
Tuesday, November 6 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts
Join in our JUHAN Humanitarian Action Day as we stand in solidarity with the millions of displaced persons worldwide. The simulation will allow you to experience what it would be like to register at a refugee camp while learning about the Syrian refugee crisis and the Zaatari Camp in Jordan. This event will take place prior to the screening of the acclaimed documentary, Human Flow.

Documentary Film Screening of Human Flow (2017) Tuesday, November 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Kelley Theater, Quick Center for the Arts.
View the critically acclaimed documentary, Human Flow, presented in partnership with the Film, Television and Media Arts Program, JUHAN and CIRI.

Forum on the Worldwide Refugee Crisis
Tuesday, November 13 | 3:30 p.m.
Barone Campus Center, Dogwood Room
Panel 1: "The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Impact of Politics on Humanitarian Action"
Panelists include Dr. Silvia Marsans-Sakly, Charles MacCormack (former president of Save the Children), Firas Kayal (United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees), and Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez.
Panel 2: "The Global Refugee Crisis and the Definition of 'Refugee' – Refugees and Cultural Integration"
Panelists include Dr. Alfred Babo, Dr. Terry Ann Jones, Claudia Conor (president, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants).

Peace Corps Prep Program Launch and Lunch!
Tuesday, November 6 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts
Join in our JUHAN Humanitarian Action Day as we stand in solidarity with the millions of displaced persons worldwide. The simulation will allow you to experience what it would be like to register at a refugee camp while learning about the Syrian refugee crisis and the Zaatari Camp in Jordan. This event will take place prior to the screening of the acclaimed documentary, Human Flow.

Student Diversity

We're committed to community - an inclusive, welcoming community that represents the ever-changing global populace. To that end, we offer initiatives like Upward Bound, a tuition-free program for deserving college bound high school seniors, plus a number of clubs and organizations that promote diversity, like the Ally Network. Our academic offerings include programs such as Black Studies, Asian Studies, Judaic Studies, and International Studies.

International Presence

In addition to study abroad partnerships with other schools, Fairfield University offers its own semester and year-long study abroad options in Florence, Italy; Galway, Ireland; Brisbane, Australia, Managua, Nicaragua; and Madrid, Spain.

International Students

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is the main resource for international students at Fairfield University. The OSE is responsible for advising all non-immigrant students on immigration issues and provides personal advising involving information on medical health insurance, campus life, and adapting to student life in the United States.

Student Diversity Programs

The Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs seeks to develop and implement programs and services that will increase the engagement of students in activities that promote and foster an inclusive living and learning community.

Students will obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice through participation and celebration in a variety of activities.

Global Citizenship

Fairfield University's mandate is to prepare all members of its community to reflect humbly on our privileges, to use creative means to connect with others, to seek experiences that allow for the application and expansion of knowledge gained in the classroom, and to recognize the value inherent in striving to transform society for the greater good. In order to connect the individual to the collective, to identify social injustice, and to define the tools necessary to redress it, Fairfield has begun to explicitly orient itself toward a global vision - the education and formation of global citizens.

A woman reads next to a globe at the libraryAs a Jesuit institution, Fairfield University's adherence to Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy involves developing a vision of the world that is holistic and balances intellectual, emotional, and spiritual understandings and responses. By drawing on all of these rich resources, one seeks the essential value in everything and cultivates a passion for justice. Arguably the first step in this process is having the ability to recognize the humanity in all people and cultures. It is essential to seek a common humanity if one is to commit to social justice through service to and with others. Thus, Fairfield's mission is to produce students whose academic, cultural, and aesthetic acumen equips them to recognize the value of others - those both similar to and different from themselves - and the importance of community building. As lifelong learners who are "morally and socially responsible," Fairfield graduates should be capable of navigating a wide variety of unfamiliar social situations, both domestic and international.

Fairfield University is at an exciting juncture concerning global education and social justice. As the University strategic plan makes clear, Fairfield is integrating the vision of globalization at every level of the institution and is undertaking new and exciting initiatives to satisfy all of the goals in the strategic plan in order to reflect and share this vision of global social justice.

Core Pathways: Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship is also one of six core pathways underlying Fairfield's core curriculum.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2016

Join the campus community for “Standing Up to Racism: The Urgency for Change,” a full week of activities in celebration of the life and influence of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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