Diversity at JCU

Why Diversity?

Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority in the highest office at John Carroll University:

“I affirm John Carroll University’s commitment to policies, which will improve our campus climate and create a more welcoming environment for all members of the John Carroll community. Let us together build a safe and supportive community of justice and inclusion.”

Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
John Carroll University

The University also regards diversity as an essential characteristic of academic excellence. Every John Carroll graduate is expected to act competently in a global and diverse world, understand and promote social justice, and apply a framework for examining ethical dilemmas.

The current core curriculum requires that every student take a course that fulfills the diversity requirement. These courses investigate one or more groups outside the dominant culture in a nation.

The faculty recently adopted a new core curriculum that will take effect in fall 2015. That curriculum similarly requires that each student take at least one course that attends to issues in social justice. These courses will include issues of diversity, inclusion, etc., from either historical or contemporary perspectives.

As the University’s Diversity Statement notes, we are committed to creating a campus environment in which our differences are explored openly and respectfully.

Campus Diversity Initiatives

A few of the many other initiatives at the University include:

Institutional initiatives

Co-curricular initiatives

Community partnerships

  • The many community partnerships available through the Center for Service and Social Action enable students to interact with diverse populations while engaging in work that promotes justice and social action.

Immersion Experience Program

  • Domestic and international immersion experiences, coordinated by Campus Ministry, ask students to engage the realities of the world while reflecting on the values of human dignity and servant leadership as they are exposed to poverty and injustice.

Additional Programs and Resources