OFFICE OF

DIVERSITY 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.
 

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 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, racial identity (intragroup), 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

Student groups gather at the Oreo, or “The Awakening,” in the Riley Ellipse.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Student and faculty member listening to a lecture.

EVENTS

Two students smiling during first-year orientation.

COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS

Student performs in the ACT A Touch of Diversity Skit in Villanova’s Vasey Hall during first year orientation.

TOUCH OF DIVERSITY SKIT

Faculty member and students in discussion at a table.

WORKSHOPS

Students working information booth at Villanova Orientation

RESOURCES

Student and Villanova Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Terry Nance, posing in Falvey Library

MEET OUR STAFF

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

OUR STORIES

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