Creating a More Just and Humane World

The mission of St. Edward’s University is informed by the Congregation of Holy Cross and rooted in the principles of Catholic social teaching. These principles call us to participate in the creation of a just and humane world for all people.

Guided by the values of our mission, St. Edward’s is committed to celebrating personal and cultural diversity and promoting social justice. Honoring the dignity and worth of each person is our creed.  

The diversity of St. Edward’s enriches our community. It represents a significant part of our culture, mission and commitment to excellence. We value the individual differences, life experiences, unique capabilities and innovative talent that our employees and students contribute to our vibrant academic environment. 

We embrace our community members’ differences in age, color, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our community unique. 

St. Edward’s is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and is opposed to any form of discrimination or abuse by individuals or groups. We ask employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination to contact the Office of Human Resources at 512-448-8587. Students who wish to report any kind of discrimination may do so by contacting the Dean of Students Office at 512-448-8408.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Integration Team

The DEI Integration Team ensures coordination and collaboration across committees and key offices. Together, they oversee an integrated institutional plan to foster diversity, equity and inclusion, and timely communication with the president, cabinet and broader community. Team members include:

  • Lisa Kirkpatrick, Vice President for Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator
  • Andrew Prall, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Kim Kvaal, Vice President for Finance And Administration
  • Father Peter Walsh, CSC, Director of Campus Ministry
  • Melissa Esqueda, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Erica Zamora ’11, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion (Beginning January 2021)
  • Liz Johnson MBA ’20, Director of Government and Community Relations
  • Gwendolyn Schuler '94, Director of Communications

President’s Advisory Council (PAC) for a Respectful, Inclusive Community

The PAC is made up of faculty, staff and students who report to the president. They work together to identify opportunities to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion in our campus community. The council also amplifies these efforts in our broader communities and informs the work of key stakeholders positioned to champion diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Learn more about the PAC.

President’s Task Force on Systemic Racism 

This committee is made up of faculty, staff and students who plan and implement community events with invited speakers throughout the academic year. Speakers will discuss systemic racism in ways that help us consider how we can bring about lasting change on our campus and the broader community.

Learn more about this task force.

Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (FCDI)

A subcommittee of the Faculty Senate, the FCDI focuses on creating and sustaining a civil and robust dialogue about the values of a diverse and inclusive faculty body. The committee seeks to promote a greater diversity of faculty members from groups traditionally underrepresented among the university’s faculty body, and doing so in ways that are relevant and appropriate to each academic domain. In keeping with the mission of St. Edward’s, the FCDI believes that having a diverse faculty helps students broaden their national and international perspectives and enhances the possibilities for personal and institutional growth such diversity provides. 

The committee is co-chaired by Andrea Holgado, professor of Biological Sciences, and Teri Varner, associate professor of Communication. Learn more about the committee and its members on the FCDI website.

myHilltop Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Center and Key Offices

In the coming months, students, faculty and staff will be directed to a Task Center in myHilltop where DEI resources can be accessed. Until then, there will be direct links to resources from these DEI webpages. Please note that key areas on campus designated with championing university initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion include: