Welcome to the Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice page!
St. Edward’s University seeks to provide equitable employment and professional development opportunities to faculty from all backgrounds. In support of our mission and consistent with our values as a Holy Cross community, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that respects the dignity and worth of each person.
The Office of Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice focuses on the implementation of an overarching vision of faculty diversity, equity, inclusion and justice that works to eliminate systemic organizational marginalization and promotes inclusion and antiracist practices.
We provide support for faculty in many ways including trainings, workshops, and one-on-one consultations. This office leads strategies to increase awareness about and knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion topics and issues. It also aims to provide faculty with resources that can be incorporated into every aspect of their job and throughout their professional life on the Hilltop.
Dr. Monique Jiménez-Herrera is the Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice, and a Professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University. She is a member of the DEIJ Core Team that leads the university’s commitment and strategy to be a diverse, antiracist, equitable, and inclusive campus and employer. She is also a member of the Faculty Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (FCDI) and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. See Curriculum Vitae
Other areas overseen by Dr. Jiménez-Herrera include the Center for Teaching Excellence, General Education, and First Year Seminar.
On-Demand Workshops and Trainings (Available in Fall 2022)
These workshops and trainings will be available to faculty asynchronously via Canvas. The content will be presented using recorded sessions with interactive learning activities and reflections that engage the participants throughout each module. Faculty will be able to follow along and complete the workshops at their own pace.
- Developing a Framework for Understanding Social Identity
- Reflecting on our identities and their impact on those around us
- Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Increasing our Understanding
Consultations are available to individual faculty, faculty committees, and colleagues within Academic Affairs on a variety of topics including bias, search committee processes, and faculty recruitment and retention initiatives, among others.
Faculty DEIJ Workshop Series
Fall 2021 Workshops
Spring 2022 Workshops
Living Out Our Mission: Increasing Our Knowledge and Building a More Inclusive Hilltop
A Faculty DEIJ Series: Sponsored by the AVP for Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice, and the Center for Teaching Excellence
Sign Up: https://forms.gle/xPGw2c2oC32sB
We all want to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for our students, colleagues, and community members. However, we might need support to be equipped to create and sustain these spaces. Join us for this series that will help faculty members refine a conceptual framework, reflect on their identities, and increase their ability to act.
Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30pm- Developing a Framework for Understanding Social Identity
Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00pm- Racial Microaggressions: Reflecting on Our Identities and Actions
Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 pm- Exploring immigrant identities: Ways to Support Our Community Members On and Off the Hilltop-
Social Identities and their intersection
The NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Office (SGMRO) is pleased to announce the release of a new resource on the SGMRO website. This resource, developed in conjunction with the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, is intended to facilitate inclusive, affirming, and welcoming workplace environments for all individuals regardless of gender. The document highlights topics such as the significance of gender pronouns and proper usage, legal rights protecting sexual and gender minority employees, mistakes to avoid, and more.
The Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (FCDI) is committed to providing educational opportunities for students of varied cultural, religious, educational, and economic backgrounds. It values the diversity on our campus and works toward understanding and promoting such diversity. They align their work with university-wide goals with a particular focus on having a diverse faculty who helps students broaden both their national and international perspectives and enhance the possibilities for personal and institutional growth such diversity provides.
The FCDI welcomes all faculty, including non-tenure-track full-time, contingent faculty and staff members who wish to volunteer to serve.
Create and sustain a civil and robust dialogue about the value of diversity and inclusivity within the faculty and staff community.
Relevance to St. Edward’s University
Per the St. Edward’s University mission, we are committed to providing educational opportunities for students of varied cultural, religious, educational, and economic backgrounds. Further, as stated in our Operating Principles, we value the diversity on our campus and commit to understanding and promoting such diversity. One particularly salient consideration in meeting these university-wide goals is to have a diverse faculty who helps students broaden both their national and international perspectives and enhance the possibilities for personal and institutional growth such diversity provides.
Ways to Get Involved
- Email FCDI Co-Chairs: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Join the Committee
- Seek mentorship
- Promote attention to diversity and inclusion in your coursework and at the departmental, school, and university levels.
- Suggest diversity and inclusion topics for professional development opportunities.
Definition of Diversity
A diverse faculty and staff community refers to colleagues of varied social identities, abilities, and experiences, with an explicit focus on representing identities that have been historically underrepresented in academia and oppressed by systems of power and privilege.
Definition of Inclusion
Inclusion is defined as active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with, and empowerment of, individuals of diverse identities and backgrounds within university processes, activities, and decision-making. Inclusion is a practice of valuing and seeking diversity.
Proposal(s) for Faculty Senate
Identify A Clear Channel For Faculty To Document And Report Discrimination Without The Fear Of Retaliation
Recruiting & Hiring, Retaining Faculty of Color
Quotes from Members
“Being a member of a group which holds diversity as a value has added to my faculty experience complete.” -Anna Escamilla, Social Work
“This committee holds the important role of ensuring that SEU continues to focus on ways to improve the diversity, inclusion, and equality of the faculty body.” -Kelly E. Green, Psychology