Campus Diversity

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.

2017-18 Initiatives and Activities

Fall 2017

Cultural Fair
Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m.
LLBCC

Open VISIONS: Dr. Susan E. Rice, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Thursday , September 28 , 8 p.m.
$35 | $5 Fairfield University students |QCA Member price: $27
Quick Center for the Arts

Multicultural Student Retreat
Saturday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, October 1

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Program
Sunday, October 1, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Film Screening, Q&A with David Broza, Israeli singer-songwriter and activist and Performance
SPOTLIGHT: DAVID BROZA, “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem”
Quick Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10 to be purchased from Quick Center Box Office, call (203) 254-4010.
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center and the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County

The 17th Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Violence Against Women: A Crucified People
Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry
Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The Black and Brown in the Rainbow ft. Myles E. Johnson
Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
LLBCC

Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence
Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
“In Search of Abraham Joshua Heschel”
Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD, Mandel Provost, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, author of Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Annual Jewish-Christian Engagement Lecture
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
“Was Luther’s Jesus a Jew?”
Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest California Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology; Chair, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley.
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The 24th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion & Society
Writing the History of the Impossible: Catholic Miracles in the Age of the Reformations
Carlos Eire, Yale University
Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Gender Revolution Screening
Friday, November 3, 10 p.m.
Gonzaga Auditorium

Giving Thanks Celebration
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
LLBCC

Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture
Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.
“A Voice of Conscience: Uncovering Mass Murder from the Holocaust to Today”
Fr. Patrick Desbois, Commission for Relations with Judaism of the French Bishops' Conference; founder of Yahad-In Unum, an organization dedicated to locating sites of mass graves of Jews killed by German “Death Squads” during WWII.
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Open VISIONS Forum.
Kelley Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts
Call Quick Center Box Office to Purchase Tickets

Paradise Lost, Frankenstein, and the Discovery of Fake News
Dayton Haskin, Boston College
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture
Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.
“How American Jews Mobilized to Free Soviet Jewry: Lessons for Activism Today”
Dr. Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor of Sociology & Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University, Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan (2016)
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Mamela Nyamza: HATCHED
Global Theatre: A Performance Series
White/Boys/Black/Girls
Curated by Dr. Megan Lewis, theatre scholar at UMASS Amherst
Saturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28, 8 p.m. & 3 p.m.
$25 | $5 Fairfield University students | QCA Member price: $18
Wien Experimental Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts

Open VISIONS: Freedom: Seeking Justice in America. An Evening with Dr. Angela Davis
Fairfield University Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
Thursday, February 1, 8 p.m.
$35 | $5 Fairfield University students | QCA Member price: $27
Quick Center for the Arts

 

Spring 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March
January 24, 2017, 3:30 p.m. Egan Chapel
Students and faculty will join in a Memorial March around campus to raise awareness about the history of social justice and activism at Fairfield.

Poetry for Peace
January 24, 2017, 6 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts
For the ninth year, Poetry for Peace brings elementary school students from Bridgeport schools to campus to read their award-winning poetry.

Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
January 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts
Fania Davis, a social justice activist, Civil Rights trail attorney and restorative justice practitioner, will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 2017 MLK, Jr. Convocation. Fania Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice.
Restorative Justice is based on a “desired set of principles and practices to mediate conflict, strengthen community and repair harm.”

Lunar New Year Gala
January 28, 2017, 2 p.m. LLBCC

Gospel Mass
January 29, 2017, 7 p.m. Egan Chapel
Danney Gibbs, Minister of Music for The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Mass Choir will lead the music at a special 7 p.m. Mass on Sunday, January 29, in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Open VISIONS: James Blake
January 30, 2017, 8 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts
$35 | $5 Fairfield University Students. QCA Member Price: $27. Purchase tickets at quickcenter.fairfield.edu.

2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nated
February 1-3, 2017
Join hundreds of youth at the United Nations - the very heart of global change - in tackling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Hate Rising Documentary Screening
February 2, 2017, 7 p.m. LLBCC
Documentary screening and panel discussion.

Multicultural Student Retreat
February 3-4, 2017
This is a unique off-campus experience to build community.

Black History Month Luncheon
February 8, 2017, 12 p.m. BCC 100

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Monti Washington
February 23, 2017, 8 p.m. LLBCC

Loving
February 24, 2017, 8 p.m. LLBCC
Story of an interracial couple during the Civil Rights era.

Atlantic Hope
March 2-5, 2017
Experience life as a humanitarian aid worker! Join the 3-day simulation training exercise held in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Lila Abu-Lughod: "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?"
March 2, 2017, 5 p.m. Alumni House
Dr. Abu-Lughod, is a leading voice in the debates about gender, Islam, and global feminist politics. Her latest book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving? offers a detailed, moving portrait of the actual experiences of ordinary Muslim women, and of the contingencies with which they live.

Sharing Our Religious Diversity
March 7, 2017, 6 p.m. DSB Dining Room
As part of the celebration for Islam Awareness Week, students from all faiths (or none) are invited to dinner and lively discussions that will let us experience the diversity behind the labels. 

Women's History Month Keynote Speaker: Kyla Lacey
March 7, 2017, 8 p.m. LLBCC
Spoken word artist.

JUHAN Alternative Spring Break Trip to Abilene, TX
March 11-18, 2017
Work with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help resettled refugeesrebuild their lives.

"Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin"
March 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m. DSB Dining Room
Painter Siona Benjamin, whose work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominately Hindu and Muslim India.

Fairfield United's 2nd Annual Cultural Fashion Show
March 24, 8 p.m. LLBCC

"Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank"
March 26, 2017, 3 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies

Festival of Faiths
April 5, 2017
The Festival of Faiths is an interactive exploration of various faith traditions.

"Flight for Life: Jewish Heroism and the Creation of the Israeli Air Force"
April 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Quick Center for the Arts
Nancy Spielberg, documentary film maker and producer of "Above and Beyond," the story of Jewish airmen who smuggled planes out of the U.S. to fight in Israel's War of Independence.

Asian-Pacific Islander History Month Keynote Speaker: Fawzia Mirza
April 10, 2017, 8 p.m. LLBCC

Fall 2016

Refugee Camp Simulation
September 20, 2016
The Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) will host a Refugee Camp Simulation in the lobby of the Quick Center for the Arts on Tuesday, September 20 at 4 pm. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Rick Shaefer: The RefugeeTrilogy, the simulation will be followed by a panel discussion.

Panel Discussion: The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Over Land and Sea
September 20, 2016
Panelists include Dr. Silvia Marsans-Sakly; Wendy Christian, Save the Children USA; Julianne Whittaker ’12, founder of the Amal Foundation; and artist Rick Shaefer.

Film Screening: Salam Neighbor & Discussion with Director
September 26, 2016
Directed and produced by Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci. Presented in partnership with the Film, Television and Media Arts Program and JUHAN.

Ash Beckham: Giving Voice to Your Truth
October 3, 2016
Ash will discuss how we all come out with our own struggles everyday and it is nothing more than a hard conversation. Learn how to give voice to your truth.

Film Screening: Waking in Oak Creek
October 6, 2016
Documentary: As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives. Young temple members, still grieving, emerge as leaders in the quest to end the violence. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.
Sponsored by Common Ground

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
October 6, 2016
Dan Saks, the driving force behind the Jewish indie rock band DeLeon, transforms ancient Sephardic folk songs into a sound both brand new and centuries old.

Visit to Sikh Temple in Oak Creek
October 9, 2016
Interested to learn about Sikhism? Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region, by Guru Nanak. The Sikh Temple is organized to promote the principles & ideals of the Sikh religion regardless of color, creed, race, or national origin.

NoH8 Campaign Event
October 14, 2016
The NoH8 Campaign will be on campus for the day. Come to the lower level of the BCC to take your picture and learn more about the campaign and the LGBTQ+ population

Eid Dinner
October 14, 2016
This celebration comes from the commitment that Prophet Abraham had with God, which is known by all three Abrahamic religions. The event will include a feast, activities and a panel discussion. Fairfield students from all faiths (or none) are invited to dinner and lively discussions that will let us experience the diversity behind the label.

Gender & Sex in 2016 Presidential Politics
October 17, 2016
Co-hosted by the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Politics departments, this event will feature Professor Gayle Alberda, Professor Gwendoline Alphonso, Professor Jocelyn Boryczka, and Professor Sonya Huber on a panel about the role of gender and sex in this year's election.

Film Screening: Girl Rising
October 20, 2016
Featuring narration by actors such as Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, and Liam Neeson, tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries and their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers. 

Festival of Faiths
November 2, 2016
The Festival of Faiths is an interactive exploration of various faith traditions.

Human Library
November 9 and 10, 2016
The goal of the Human Library project is to "combat prejudice by giving people a chance to connect with someone they may have never had a chance to speak with otherwise. This is achieved by creating an intentional space for dialogue in which “Human Books”, or people with a story to tell about their identity, can be “checked out” by others for one-on-one conversations that have the potential for authenticity and connection. “Readers” (event attendees) have the unique opportunity to ask questions and interact with the “Human Books”.

JUHAN Humanitarian Action Day Refugee Camp Simulation
November 15, 2016
Join Fairfield University’s JUHAN Student Club as we commemorate JUHAN Humanitarian Action Day with a simulated refugee camp focused on the plight of South Sudanese refugees. The simulation allows participants to experience what it would be like to register at a refugee camp while allowing them to stand in solidarity with the millions of displaced persons worldwide.

Stevie Tran: I am Not a Boy Anymore. Understanding the Transgender Identity
November 16, 2016
In honor of Transgender Awareness Month, Stevie Tran will be on campus as our keynote speaker. Stevie will be discussing her transgender identity and navigating that identity on a college campus. Come join us for this impactful keynote speaker.

Timothy Shriver: Overcoming the Fear of Difference
November 16, 2016
An exemplar of public service, Timothy Shriver joins us to discuss his work for the Special Olympics.

Film Screening: He Named Me Malala
November 17, 2016
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-yearold was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Multifaith Thanksgiving Service, Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
November 17, 2016
The Multifaith Service for Thanksgiving and Peace in the Egan Chapel featured prayers in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as prayers for victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and around the world. It was a true expression of the diversity of the University community as faculty, staff and students offered music, prayers, and readings from religious and secular traditions. Featuring a reflection on Thanksgiving, the service concluded with a candlelight procession to the plaza outside the chapel and a vigil of Remembrance and Peace.

Embracing Campus 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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