The Diversity Committee helps support endeavors enabling Rockhurst University to embrace the many aspects of diversity, including the acknowledgment and appreciation of differences, understanding the interdependence of cultures and the environment, and building alliances for inclusion and social justice. Diversity is imbedded in Rockhurst's Jesuit mission emphasizing social justice and is vital for the success of our institution.
The work of the committee is supported by a vast body of knowledge demonstrating that diversity strengthens college campuses by enhancing learning, personal development, and preparation of students for functioning in a diverse world.
Rockhurst's commitment to enhancing diversity efforts can be found in our Strategic Plan [link], in Strategic Direction 5 (organize, integrate, and implement ongoing and new educational programming for all constituents regarding issues of diversity, multiculturalism, global perspectives, economic inequality, and justice) and Strategic Direction 11 (recruit and support a more diverse university community). The committee's roles include:
- Assessing the multiple aspects of diversity within the Rockhurst community;
Evaluating curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students and faculty, and staff development needs, Identifying areas of support for first generation students;
- Sharing assessment information with students, staff, faculty, and administration;
- Garnering support for diversity resources, as needed, Working collaboratively with the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Global Perspectives, and providing appropriate diversity opportunities to meet the needs of the Rockhurst community.