A Campus-wide Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Student Experience

Co-curricular Programming and Faith Experiences

  • Expand the development of new programmatic, co-curricular, and service opportunities and increase student participation in existing programming.
  • Better understand and identify desired competencies for student learning and development with respect to diversity and inclusion, such that may be assessed through student participation in co-curricular programming. Gather, share and reflect on these outcomes assessment data.
  • Implement a comprehensive plan to include educational opportunities regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout a students’ time at the University, including both curricular and co-curricular experiences. This should involve collaboration between both Academic Affairs and Student Life and include existing and new programming linked to the first-year experiences, Royal Reads, Passport and Tapestry.
  • Develop and require a diversity and inclusion orientation module for new students that includes topics such as allyship, identity, imposter syndrome, identity privilege, oppression bias, unconscious bias, bystander intervention and/or self-care.
  • Engage with the local Scranton community identify and expand off-campus community resources and support for students.
  • Increase opportunities for both Catholic and non-Catholic students to explore their faith traditions, and expand programming and education to support them in understanding different faiths.

Resources and Support

  • Utilize assessments to identify new and changing student needs, and to build programming connections across the Student Life division and other campus units. 
  • Recruit staff from historically underrepresented populations to better support diverse students in several areas of the University, including, but not limited to the Counseling Center, Advising, and Career Development.
  • Increase our ability to support students and other members of our community for whom English is a second language.  Expand worship experiences that reflect the cultural and language diversity of the Catholic Church.   
  • Enhance mentoring programming for students of color to support their sense of belonging, and increase retention and graduation rates.
  • Continue to review current student gathering and other physical campus spaces to expand opportunities for engagement and the reach and resources of the Cross Cultural Centers.