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Honoring Dr. Jonathan C. Smith

Jonathan C. Smith, Ph.D., was a leader for diversity, equality and inclusion on the Saint Louis University campus. Despite his passing in 2021, his work serves as a vision for the SLU community.

Dr. Smith joined SLU in 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies. In 2011, he moved to the Department of African American studies, before being elevated to the university's chief diversity officer and finally, vice president for diversity and community engagement.

Dr. Jonathan Smith stands in front of a group of people at night, at the corner or Lindell and Grand, with the Saint Louis University sign in the background.

Dr. Smith's legacy continues to serve as a guide for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at SLU.

Jonathan Smith Headshot with clock tower in the background.

Writings of Jonathan Smith

Juneteenth: A Moment to Reflect: We are called to remember –– and to recommit ourselves to –– the ongoing pursuit of equity and racial justice.

SLU to Recognize Juneteenth as a University Holiday: The decision helps demonstrate SLU's commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive institution.

Update from the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement: A committee was assembled last fall in response to various sets of racial equity demands and concerns.

Investigating a Recent Campus Incident: SLU initiated its Bias-Related Incident Protocol after chalked messages at the clock tower were defaced.

New Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An update on the formation of a group charged with reviewing and assessing Clock Tower Accords progress.

A Message From SLU's Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement: On efforts underway to make SLU an inclusive, equitable and just community.

Reflections on Juneteenth: An update on SLU’s role in sustaining momentum in becoming actively anti-racist.

Clock Tower Accords Update from June 2017: Progress continues to be made, including enhanced scholarships for students of color and from urban communities.