St. Edward's University seeks to create positive social change and an environment where barriers do not hinder anyone because of any dimension of their identity. To guide our work and provide direction to our community, the following statements were developed during the 2020–2021 academic year. Currently, several committees and initiatives function to further the specific work required to realize this vision.
The following vision and commitment were developed by several campus leaders with guidance and feedback during the process from stakeholder groups throughout the community. In addition, the statement has been reviewed and approved by university leadership including the president and cabinet.
Each member of the St. Edward’s University community is called to utilize this statement as a guidepost and inspiration for the creation of plans and initiatives that actively challenge us to be an institution that values and affirms all members of our community.
St. Edward’s honors and respects all members of its community by fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that respects the dignity and worth of each person and stresses the obligation of all people to pursue a more just world.
Commitment to the Holy Cross Mission
The mission of St. Edward’s University, inspired by the Congregation of Holy Cross and rooted in the principles of Catholic social teaching, calls us to participate in the elimination of barriers and in the creation of a more just and humane world for all people. Through these values, St. Edward’s University celebrates personal and cultural identities and promotes social justice by recognizing the dignity and worth of each person.
The university seeks to provide equitable educational opportunities to students from all backgrounds, eliminate barriers to student success, and advance excellence. In support of our mission and consistent with our values of inclusivity and respect as a Holy Cross community, the university seeks to provide equitable employment and professional development opportunities to faculty and staff from all backgrounds, ensuring that each employee can contribute to their full potential.
Our university community represents a significant part of our culture, mission, and commitment to our Holy Cross values. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, unique capabilities, and innovative talent that our students, faculty and staff invest in their work and study enriches our vibrant community.
We embrace our community members’ differences in age, color, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our community unique.
Members of the St. Edward’s community are called to uphold this commitment to our Catholic and Holy Cross mission that unites us in pursuit of a more just world.
The university is committed to a vibrant and inclusive campus and is opposed to any form of discrimination or abuse by individuals or groups. Faculty, staff and student employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the university’s mission should make a report to the Office of Human Resources using the Student Concern/Conduct Reporting Form. Students who wish to report any kind of discrimination may do so online using the Sex/Gender Harassment, Discrimination & Misconduct/Employee of Concern Form or contact the Dean of Students Office at 512-448-8408 or visit Main Building G16.
A subcommittee of the Faculty Senate, the FCDI focuses on creating and sustaining a civil and robust dialogue about the values of a diverse and inclusive faculty body. The committee seeks to promote a greater diversity of faculty members from groups traditionally underrepresented among the university’s faculty body, and doing so in ways that are relevant and appropriate to each academic domain. In keeping with the mission of St. Edward’s, the FCDI believes that having a diverse faculty helps students broaden their national and international perspectives and enhances the possibilities for personal and institutional growth such diversity provides.
Learn more about the Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice committee and its members
There are several key areas on campus that can provide ways for our campus community to engage in and support our mission. They include: