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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion believes that all teaching and learning experiences should affirm the dignity and humanity of all people and develop a critical consciousness to the world around us. Our community grows when we deepen our understanding through diverse perspectives and apply that knowledge to daily practice.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers various educational opportunities for faculty and staff that encourage self-reflection, understanding and individual growth. The Education and Training Pillar offers the Advancing Equity and Justice Curriculum and additional advanced single sessions. We look forward to engaging with our community. 

Email DEI Training with any questions.


This curriculum is designed to provide an educational track of foundational concepts and unified language to our Villanova community based on current research and best practices to support our aspiration of becoming an antiracist institution.

The core component of the curriculum is a 4-module scaffolded series. Participants will attend each module in the series in succession. Once completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion from ODEI. Participants will have one term year (ex: Fall 2022 to Fall 2023) to complete the four modules. The 2022-2023 modules are listed below. Find module dates, times, and locations, and sign up on Learn@Nova. Please use the Curriculum Reflection Guide found on Learn@Nova to accompany your in-session education. 


Rooted (Module 1): In this session, participants will orient their engagement with the curriculum through connection to our Augustinian Values and what it means to be just in our equity and inclusion efforts. Rooted in our institutional mission, participants will explore how we, as a community and as individuals, begin the journey of showing up for others with examination of self.

This session is completely virtual and accessed on Learn@Nova. Module 1 is available online but must be completed by January 11. Module 1 must be completed before attending Module 2.

Being (Module 2): In this session, participants will interrogate what it means to live in a socialized world and critique its implications for equitable and just human experiences. Participants will examine to what extent we have learned to be, how we learned it, and who taught it to us.

This session is open to participants who have completed Module 1.

Date Time Location
January 12, 2023 12-1:15 pm Virtual
January 18, 2023 12-1:15 pm TBD
January 23, 2023 11 am-12:15 pm Virtual
January 31, 2023 11-12:15 pm West Lounge, Dougherty Hall

Existing (Module 3): In this session, participants will gain deeper understanding of systems of power’s influence on socialization in a US context. Participants will explore how their multiple identities grant them protection or leave them vulnerable to systems of power and how their experience within them shapes their point of view.

This session is open to participants who have completed Module 1 and Module 2.

Date Time Location
February 8, 2023 11 am-12:15 pm East Lounge, Dougherty Hall
February 13, 2023 12 am-1:15 pm Virtual
February 23, 2023 1-12:15 pm West Lounge, Dougherty Hall
February 28, 2023 12-1:15 pm Virtual

Action (Module 4): In this session, participants will workshop the application of the curriculum into their everyday reality. Through interactive scenarios, participants will develop skills for moving through the barriers that hold us back from action.

This session is open to participants who have completed Module 1, Module 2, Module 3.

Date Time Location
March 15, 2023 12-1:15 pm Virtual
March 21, 2023 11 am-12:15 pm West Lounge, Dougherty Hall
April 3, 2023 11 am-12:15 pm West Lounge, Dougherty Hall



Supporting from Identities: LGBTQ+ Identities | Transgender & Gender Nonbinary Identities | Disability Identities 

In these sessions, faculty and staff will engage with a deeper understanding of (1) the major forms of oppression those holding minoritized identities face, (2) relevant community terminology, and (3) intentional advocacy. Participants will explore this within an intersectional context to enhance the understanding of the multiple dimensions of identities and experiences. The Supporting from Identities series provides space for participants to consider their role and responsibility in a creating a just and equitable community through an antiracist lens. 

These sessions are open to participants who have completed the Advancing Equity and Justice Curriculum (4 Modules).

The 2022-2023 sessions are listed below. Find session dates, times, and locations, and sign up on Learn@Nova

Date Time Location
April 19, 2023 12-1:15 pm TBD
April 25, 2023 11 am-12:15 pm TBD
May 5, 2023 11 am-12:15 pm TBD
May 11, 2023 12-1:15 pm TBD



Hiring for Villanova’s Future

 Hiring new department members is an opportunity to secure and strengthen Villanova University’s academic future.  The University’s commitment to an inclusive learning environment begins when departments critically engage in questions about their own goals and objectives in the constantly changing landscape of higher education, which includes the issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity. 

To find more information for the 2022-2023 sessions including, dates, times, and locations sign up on Learn@Nova

Community Foundations

This foundational professional development series is intended to create space for staff to learn about, discuss, and explore a more inclusive Villanova. The program includes 3 LinkedIn Learning modules: How to Be More Inclusive, Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues, Dealing with Microaggressions as an Employee and 1 live facilitated discussion session.

 Email DEI Training to inquire about session dates. 



External Resources for Learning

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion recommends the following resources for those interested in learning more about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Adams, M., Bell, L. A., Griffin, P. (Eds.). (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.

Asumah, S. N. & Nagel, M. (2014). Diversity, social justice, and inclusive excellence. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Heldke, L. & O’Connor, P. (2004). Oppression, privilege, and resistance. New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill.

Johnson, A. G. (2018). Privilege, power, and difference (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill.

Suyemoto, K., Donovan, R., & Kim, G. (2022). Unraveling Assumptions: A Primer for Understanding Oppression and Privilege. Routledge. 

Our office is located in Tolentine Hall, Room 202.