The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the Saint Louis University community, to promote justice and equality in educational and employment opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment.
This Office's functions are:
- To monitor legislation as it relates to our non-discrimination and harassment policies.
- To act as an internal auditor.
- To provide educational programs on diversity and inclusion awareness and training on EEO and harassment policies.
- To act as a resource for faculty, staff and students regarding diversity and the EEO and harassment policies.
Saint Louis University is a federal contractor. Along with the University's mission, federal contractors are required to be affirmative action employers.
The implementation of special recruitment and developmental efforts to overcome the underrepresentation of targeted groups to achieve a balanced and diverse faculty, staff, and student population. Target groups include persons of color, women, persons with different abilities, disabled veterans, and Vietnam era veterans.
It is imperative that all persons be afforded equal opportunity. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote, and in all ways provide fair treatment on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Harassment is any intentional unwelcome, unsolicited and offensive conduct that tends to injure, degrade, disgrace, or show hostility toward a person because of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. Sexual harassment includes conduct that is of a sexual nature or related to a person's gender and may include persons of the same sex. Because of our legal and moral responsibility, the University will take all steps reasonably necessary to prevent harassment from occurring.
Diversity is understanding and appreciating that we are all different and recognizing each person's unique value, contributions, and potential. By recognizing and valuing our differences, we can fully immerse ourselves in the higher education experience, maintain effective relationships with our entire community, and create an inclusive environment that maximizes retention of our student body, faculty and staff.