DePaul University was diverse before the word diversity came to occupy our thoughts as it does now, accepting students since the late 1800s who were excluded or limited in higher education based on their religion, gender, race and other factors.
We strive to be a university where the world's communities are represented and a place where all students, faculty and staff feel safe and respected. Beyond that, we seek to create a campus climate that is proactively diverse — not simply tolerant or respectful to all, but integrated into a welcoming environment in which we learn from one another. We seek true diversity characterized by a shared sense of community.
The truth about diversity is that it is an aspirational goal to be achieved. Diversity and inclusion remains to be achieved in society and, as a university, we struggle with the same issues that exist in our world. We must continue to work toward true equity, representation and access throughout our university. This process can prove difficult and sometimes challenging to accomplish. Conversation can lead to conflict. When we bring disparate groups of people together, they don't always get along; some might feel left out or left behind just as in American society. Diversity is not about being polite so that no one says anything that offends anyone else; diversity is about helping people of different backgrounds and experiences achieve real opportunity and are afforded the same access as others. It also ensures that we can learn from one another through different ways of viewing culture and our realities. DePaul's aspirational diversity goal is to build a safe and productive campus where everyone can thrive and succeed.
—Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul President
President's Diversity Council Action Plan
After wide consultation, the President's Diversity Council (PDC) drafted an action plan to address concerns brought forth by the Black Student Union and others about campus climate. Six teams were deployed to research and implement initiatives. They are: Student Feedback and Involvement, Education and Awareness Training, Policy and Process, Data Collection and Campus Climate Survey Results, African American Student Resource Center Models, and Faculty and Staff Diversity. The PDC will post action plan status updates to keep students, faculty and staff informed.
- DePaul Must Do Better, June 2016
- DePaul Taking Steps in Wake of Recent Campus Incidents, May 2016
- Tuesday's Speech and Protest, May 2016
- Sensitivity and Discourse, April 2016
- University Response to Campus Chalkings, April 2016
- Anti-Semitic Flyers on Campus, March 2016
- Responding to our Students' Concerns about Race, March 2016
- President's Diversity Council Summary of Feedback, February 2016
- President's Notes from Meeting with the Black Student Union, January 2016
- Black Student Union Concerns and Proposals, January 2016
- Martin Luther King Day — Request to Reflect on Race and Identity, January 2016
- Response to Racial Issues at the University of Missouri and Elsewhere, November 2015
DePaul University emphasizes the development of a full range of human capabilities and appreciation of higher education as a means to engage cultural, social, religious and ethical values in service to others. As an urban university, DePaul is deeply involved in the life of the community and in assisting the community in finding solutions to its problems. The DePaul community is above all characterized by ennobling the God-given dignity of each person.
Excerpts from University Mission
Selected Diversity Initiatives