The Villanova University Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) commits to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in line with Villanova University’s Mission and Diversity Statement. We strive to create a welcoming environment in all that we do, ensuring that all identities, perspectives, and experiences are heard, respected, and valued. Our community suffers when members live in fear of injustice and prejudice. We acknowledge that silence and inaction contribute to the continuation of ongoing structural inequalities. No one should be made to feel discounted or threatened because of their race, ethnicity, or any other identity. We commend and support the work that our community members are doing in advocating for change.
- Professional development
o Each CRF team member will dedicate time to learn from and engage with materials and activities that will advance our core values, especially our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
o The CRF team will follow best practices for advising, including a focus on inclusive advising, in our work with students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
- Committee composition
o We will encourage our Presidential Scholarship Selection Committee Chairs to examine their committees and be proactive to reflect Villanova’s diversity commitments.
- Inclusive hiring
o We will participate as a team in inclusive hiring training to foreground diversity in our future hires.
- Inclusive recruitment for opportunities
o We will continue and expand active recruitment of diverse applicant pools for all the opportunities that we cover (e.g. research, fellowships, and the Presidential Scholars Program).