Diversity

Rockhurst University recognizes that diversity enriches all aspects of university life and is committed to providing opportunities for engaging interactions among diverse individuals, understanding that these interactions allow people to identify commonalities, appreciate differences, and find greater unity.  Rockhurst defines diversity as encompassing areas both visible and non-visible, including but not limited to:  race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, physical abilities and qualities, age, viewpoints, perspectives, and learning styles.

Rockhurst promotes an understanding of the benefits and complexities of diversity for its students, faculty, staff, and the community. This effort is an important part of educating "men and women for others." Rockhurst's Jesuit mission emphasizes social justice and equality for all people, including the goal of freedom from exclusion or marginalization.  All members of the Rockhurst community are called to embrace a set of values that promote the personal care for every community member and a sensitivity toward the dignity, sacredness, and uniqueness of every person.

Full-time student demographics

  • <1 % American Indian/ Alaskan Native
  • <1 % International
  • 3 % Asian/Pacific Islander                                                                  
  • 6 % Black/Non-Hispanic
  • 7 % Hispanic
  • 75% White/Non-Hispanic
  • 7 % Race/ethnicity unreported

Diversity training at Rockhurst

The Diversity committee at Rockhurst offers training for faculty and staff through the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Diversity educational opportunities for students exist in the freshmen seminars, the global perspectives program, foreign languages, study abroad, the women’s studies program, and additional courses on race and ethnicity.