Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bellarmine

Students walking in corridor

“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

In the spirit of our mission, vision, and values, we honor and foster a sense of belonging, embracing the unique identities, backgrounds, and qualities of our students, faculty, and staff members. At the heart of our philosophy is a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • We cultivate diversity, which describes the distinct attributes and identities that each person brings to the community—including, but not limited to, individual life experiences, race or ethnicity, religious or faith tradition, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances. 
  • We are an inclusive community that welcomes individuals from all walks of life and validates their uniqueness. We strive to connect and learn from one another so that we as a university can understand and foster mutual humility with those with whom we engage. 
  • Finally, we work towards equity, continuously seeking to provide access to and opportunities for all as they participate in educational, social, and spiritual programs and activities. In striving for equity, we make every effort to close historical gaps in academic success and achievement. 

This commitment is the bedrock for all of Bellarmine’s policies and principles: our administration of educational guidelines; human resources policies and practices; scholarships and other financial aid opportunities; athletics and other curricular and extracurricular programs, clubs, and activities; and interactions with local, state, regional and national entities.

Reaffirming Thomas Merton’s inclusive spirit and our values of Academic Excellence, Intrinsic Dignity, Social Responsibility, Integrity, Hospitality, and Stewardship, we must foster critical dialogues, informed collaborative engagement, and transformative teaching. We believe that advancing equity and creating a diverse and inclusive academic environment in the reflection of the City of Louisville requires open minds, wisdom, and inspiration.