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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Mission Statement

Members of the Fairfield University community are committed to respecting and valuing one another, finding the common good rooted in us all, and working collaboratively to achieve our potential as a modern Jesuit Catholic institution. We aspire to be an inclusive, welcoming community that is representative of an ever-changing and diverse global populace. The Jesuit tradition of cura personalis – care for the whole person – animates our mission. We educate men and women who serve for and with others within the rich tapestry of cultures that comprise our contemporary world.

By encouraging dialogue, communication, community partnerships, and a culture of understanding, we foster in our students, faculty, and staff the capacity and desire to build a better world through productive citizenship and societal stewardship. 

At Fairfield University, we advance this mission through:

  • Inclusive Excellence as a critical dimension of our academic mission. We strive to educate through engaging with the broadest possible range of dynamic ideas, perspectives, and identities in an ever-changing world. Embracing the challenges of competing viewpoints is integral to the rigor of our academic enterprise, pushing the horizons of what is known and possible as we pursue our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.   
  • A Diverse Community, which is a distinguishing hallmark of Jesuit education. We recognize the inherent value and dignity of each person, guided by our Jesuit heritage as informed by the contemporary context. Fairfield is committed to shaping a community of learners from diverse social, economic, racial, cultural, national, and religious backgrounds.
  • Global Engagement as a defining outcome of a modern Fairfield education. We hope to develop men and women to serve as global citizens, at home in the world, able to engage in diverse cultural circumstances with an open mind and the capacity to empathize with the perspectives of others. We actively promote an awareness of and sensitivity toward the full range of differences within and well beyond our community of learners.
  • Radical Hospitality as a way of relating with others, shaped by our Jesuit traditions. Fairfield recognizes the importance of learning about, and living in, an increasingly interconnected, intercultural world and reflects this by striving to become a microcosm of the global community, in which the other is unconditionally welcomed, respected, and valued.

Through radical hospitality, we welcome and invite all into our learning community.  We are committed to pursuing shared standards of excellence. In these ways, Fairfield University strives for the magis (“the more”) in a way that defines modern Jesuit Catholic education.

Presidential Working Group On Inclusive Excellence

Purpose

Chartered by the President, the purpose of this Working Group on Inclusive Excellence is to advance the Jesuit Catholic Commitment of Fairfield University to creating and supporting radical hospitality for and with diverse others in our teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.

Membership

President Mark R. Nemec, PhD

  

Co-Chairs

Jocelyn M. Boryczka, PhD

Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative and Community Engagement

Ophelie Rowe-Allen, EdD

Associate Dean, Residence Life, Director of Residence Life and Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Members

Jennifer Anderson

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Gerry Blaszczak, S.J.

Vice President, Mission and Ministry

Scott Esposito

Vice President for Human Resources

Martin Nguyen

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Faculty Chair for Inclusive Excellence

Thomas de Quesada

Principal, Fairfield Preparatory School

Paul Schlickmann

Director of Athletics

Corry Unis

Vice President for Stategic Enrollment Management

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 2020

Join the campus community for a full week of activities in celebration of the life and influence of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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