Saint Louis University

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Housing and Residence Life is committed to creating and maintaining communities that are welcoming and accepting of people of all races, ethnicities, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, age, and veteran status. Our goal is to instill respect and foster a sense of community by creating, promoting, and supporting residential environments where students, faculty, and staff are provided opportunities to understand, accept, and appreciate each other. Housing and Residence Life is committed to confronting situations of intolerance that result from lack of respect, knowledge, or awareness. Whether these acts of intolerance are public or private, they destroy the community we share and are irreconcilable with the mission of the University. Such acts are harmful to individuals as well as to the University community as a whole.

Oath of Inclusion

Student Government Association (SGA) took the initiative to develop the student creed. The oath sets up the expectation for all students, once admitted to Saint Louis University, to promote inclusion on our campus and use resources offered by Saint Louis University to aid them in that process. Though 100 percent inclusion at Saint Louis University may seem like a large feat to accomplish, the community support developed in the efforts to establish inclusion is certainly a step in the right direction and an inspiration of what we can accomplish together.

The Oath

We, as students, form a diverse and vibrant university community.

We do not enter into this community by proximity, but by virtue of a shared Jesuit vision - to pursue higher truths, obtain greater knowledge and strive for a better world. In this endeavor, we do not succeed by our individual ambitions, but by our discovery of each other.

We find higher truths when we seek to understand the complexity of our neighbors' identities, we obtain greater knowledge when we consider the perspectives of our fellow students and we begin to strive for a better world when we build a stronger community.

As a student and a member of the SLU community, I will live by this oath.

I will embrace people for the diversity of their identities, creating a community inclusive of race, ethnicity, sex, age, ability, faith, orientation, gender, class and ideology.

I will challenge my worldview through education inside and outside the classroom.

I will show that I am proud to be a Billiken by enriching the culture of our University.

I will foster a community that welcomes all by recognizing the inherent dignity of each person.

I will work for social justice in the Saint Louis community and beyond.

This is the SLU I believe in.

This is the community I am building.

This is our SLU.

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