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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bellarmine

“Bellarmine University is a community of compassion but we too can do our part to improve the lives of all members of our community, to work to understand and rise above our own prejudices, and to embrace the inherent dignity of each individual person.” — President Susan M. Donovan

Bellarmine University is committed to core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, genuine inclusion involves intentionally bringing together diverse groups that are actively connected and engaged around issues of equitable access and social justice. Inclusion requires developing an active and just community that is knowledgeable, respectful, and engaged with the richness of differing cultures, perspectives, and epistemologies.

Bellarmine University is committed to welcoming diverse students, staff, and faculty to an inclusive community. However, given inflection points in our culture, we must continue to strengthen support for the diversity of students, faculty, and staff we attract. To develop meaningful inclusion and engagement, we must expand our principles of hospitality to cultivate a true sense of belonging, beyond just being present, so that everyone sees that the University is a place for them.

Bellarmine University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any individual or group of individuals but to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, age (over 40), national origin, ethnicity, disability, military status or Vietnam veteran era status.

Bellarmine University admits qualified students of any age, gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Bellarmine University does not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, sexual exploitation, rape or retaliation arising out of any of the above acts.

As we remain committed to advancing equity and a diverse and inclusive academic environment, we also recognize the need to shape a distinct community reflecting our urban environment. Reaffirming Thomas Merton’s values of inclusion and compassion, we must foster critical dialogues, informed collaborative engagement, and transformative teaching. The President’s Advisory Board on Equity and Inclusion, partnering with the Provost’s Office and the Office of Identity and Inclusion, and in alliance with the Bellarmine community, will engage in transformative initiatives that reflect our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.