OFFICE OF

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral components of the teaching and learning experience and an essential element of the ongoing intellectual, social and spiritual development of every member of the Villanova community.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe that an inclusive community fosters an understanding and appreciation for diversity among our students, faculty, staff and administrators. We are committed to cultivating an academic environment that is marked by genuine curiosity about different perspectives, ardent receptivity to knowledge generated through intercultural connections, and a genuine sensitivity to the variety of human experiences.
 


LIVING RACE—TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY

As the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at Villanova University, we write today to recognize the pain, despair and outrage we see being expressed across the United States, triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, over the past several weeks, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, have brought the reality of living race in America into sharp focus. And yet, the focused picture we see too often depends on our own race. 

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT


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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is thinking of you during this difficult time. We recognize that the conditions under which we are operating could generate new concerns about DEI. We want you to know that we are here, working online to coordinate efforts to maintain our diverse, equitable and inclusive community.  If you need to reach out, feel free to contact us by email. Our thoughts are with you and our community at this time. 

 

WELCOME

Dr. Terry Nance, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, introduces Villanova’s One Book speaker.

At Villanova, we believe that diversity is at the heart of all teaching and learning experiences. Whether student, staff or faculty we know that to grow is to broaden perspectives and develop new insights on the world. A complete Villanova education must include active involvement with communities outside the walls of our classrooms and an exploration of new relationships within our own community. We are committed to forging relationships across and through lines of difference. I invite you to explore these pages and to share your thoughts on how we can continue to enhance Villanova’s diversity initiatives.

 

Teresa A. Nance, PhD (She, Her, Hers)
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Associate Professor of Communication

INTERGROUP RELATIONS

Students in classroom discussion.

Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice. Our one credit courses focus on creating understanding relationships among people from different socioeconomic, racial and cultural groups. Communication skills related to careful listening and meaningful dialogue are discussed and developed for all who participate. Since its inception, the course has explored topics including ability, gender, race, religion/faith, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Ancillary programming is offered to faculty and staff interested in engaging in dialogue about current events related to equity and justice on campus and in society.

THE VILLANOVA EXPERIENCE

OUR STORIES

FAST FACTS

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COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN
FIRST-YEAR CLASS (FALL 2018)

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CULTURAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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CULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL
STUDIES PROGRAMS

If you are concerned about any issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, please do not hesitate to contact us.