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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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College of Arts and Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Mission Statement

Our mission in the College of Arts and Sciences is to create and foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive community that recognizes and amplifies our students, faculty, and staff. As part of this commitment, we embrace all human diversity, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origins, religious commitments, age, status, political perspectives and more. We understand that the work of social justice is ongoing, and we affirm our commitment to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working and learning environment.

Upcoming Events

Keynote Speaker Rachel Swarns 

Rachel Swarns Event Flyern containing event information, as well as a photo of the author and her book.

Rachel Swarns will come to Saint Louis University on April 3, 2024, to discuss her book "The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church." She will do a book signing at 5 p.m., in the Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium, and her talk will start at 6 p.m. 

A Raisin In The Sun Scenes Event flyer containing a photo of the director.
Directed by Kathryn Bentley with a cast that combines professional St. Louis theatre talent with students from Saint Louis University. SLU Theatre & Dance presents scenes from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. This event will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2024, in the Mark Wilson Studio Theatre in Xavier Hall.


More Than a Dinner Series

This series will consist of confidential small-group conversations designed for different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. For each installment, students from historically underrepresented backgrounds will share a meal and discuss their experiences as a students at Saint Louis University through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice.    

Past Events

  • Being BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ in Law School, January 26, 2023
  • Book talk with Chris Kellerman, February 15, 2023
  • Sexism in STEM, March 22, 2023
  • The Race Card Project (PDF) with Michelle Norris, April 4, 2023
  • Racial Justice and the Catholic Church with Rev. Bryan Massingale, April 26, 2023
Ink Tributes Event Poster with information about the date and time of the event, and portraits drawn in a comic book style.

Ink Tributes is a new exhibition at Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) from August 25, 2023 to December 30, 2023. Admission is free and open to the public from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.

Marlon West is an award-winning animator, head of effects, and VFX supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He used his talent to create portraits of mainly African American individuals who were victims of police brutality as a powerful way to expose social issues and promote dialogue. 



SLUMA Presents Marlon West's Ink Tributes


Black Catholic History Month 

Saint Louis University offered a range of events during November to celebrate Black Catholic History Month.

These events included: 

  • Display in Pius XII Memorial Library all month 
  • Poster Display on West Pine Mall near Wuller Hall all month 
  • "Envisioning Paradise: Canonizing African American Catholic Women of the Frontier"
    • Keynote by Alexia Williams, Ph.D., 5:30 p.m., November 9, 202  in DeBourg Hall 209
  • Diverse Religious Imagery
    • Following the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. masses, Sunday, November 12, 2023, in the St. Francis Xavier Church Ballroom 
  • Donut Sunday 
    • 4:30 p.m., Sunday, November 12, 2023, in St. Francis Xavier Church  
  • Mill Creek Valley: SLU and the Destruction of a Black Neighborhood talk by Jeffrey Harrison, S.J.,
    • 5 p.m., Monday, November 20, 2023, Spring Hall Multipurpose Room 

Speak Up

The College of Arts and Sciences is enthusiastic about opportunities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus. If you have feedback, suggestions or ideas, please Speak Up and help make Saint Louis University a welcoming community for all. You may send a message to