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Belonging at SLU

Students at the SLU student involvement fair

SLU encourages students, faculty and staff to work together to build an inclusive community at the University.

Saint Louis University recognizes that belonging is an outcome of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives and efforts.

A sense of belonging is about our experiences; it is a feeling and a sensation; it includes who and how we connect with one another; and it is about our perceptions of value and mattering. Belonging doesn’t happen by accident; it happens by design. SLU strives to foster belonging across student and employee communities through institutional transformation, social connectedness, training and inclusive excellence.

Belonging at SLU Committee

To cultivate a community-wide sense of belonging, DICE launched the Belonging at SLU Committee in September 2023 as part of the institutional infrastructure that will allow belonging to grow across campus environments. Our interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and diverse committee has been intentionally assembled to serve as advisers, ambassadors and advocates toward building an inclusive and equitable environment where all can thrive. More than 30 leaders from 20-plus academic and divisional units (inclusive of students) are participating in a two-year term for the DICE-led Belonging at SLU Committee. Committee working groups are organized based on the themes that emerged from the Discovery of Belonging conducted across the 2022-2023 academic year.

Committee Goals and Objectives

  • Cultivate a shared sense of belonging by increasing community-wide understanding of the initiative's purpose, goals and strategies through inclusive institutional communications.
  • Increase institutional resources that foster a sense of belonging across environments through accessible tools, guides and other supports.
  • Increase a community-wide sense of belonging through the development of accessible pathways to multicultural opportunities of engagement.
  • Increase a community-wide sense of belonging through the development of restorative institutional tools that engage multicultural SLU communities across differences.
  • Increase institutional knowledge of barriers to belonging across roles and environments by implementing an evidence-based assessment of belonging across SLU communities.
  • Increase educational and professional development opportunities that foster a sense of belonging through teaching, learning and inclusive classrooms.
  • Increase institutional ability to be responsive to data-driven metrics and indicators of belonging across environments by building accessible pathways to internal data related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB).
  • Increase a sense of belonging through institutional transparency and accountability by measuring and reporting progress towards diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) goals and commitments.

Committee Membership

Member Name College, Division or Unit
Rochelle Smith, chair DICE
Allison Brewer, co-chair DICE
Luella Loseille DICE
Richard Marks DICE
Michael Hankins DICE
Phoebe Cook DICE
Annie Reis Athletics
Ann Knezetic Billiken's First Chapter
Myles Urban Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources
Joshua Johnson Department of Public Safety
Robert Reddy Enrollment and Retention Management
Andrea Hudgens Facilities
Rita McMillan Human Resources
Cynthia Gonzalez Graduate Student Association
Laurie Mazzuca SLU-Madrid
Clayton Berry Marketing and Communications
Judi Buncher Mission and Identity
Patrick Cousins Mission and Identity
Justin Lacy Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Kasi Williamson Office of the President
Nicci Roach Office of the President
Tracy Watkins Office of the Provost
Gina Merys Reinert Center
April Trees Office of the Provost
Joel Mort Office of the VP of Research
Mark Pousson School of Education
Bill Johnson School of Law
Esmeralda Aharon School of Medicine; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Danni Young School of Social Work
Donna Bess Myers Student Development
Knieba Jones-Johnson University Counseling Center