Service, Diversity and Social Justice

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The Department of Service, Diversity and Social Justice cultivates and promotes a campus culture that respects human dignity and encourages and recognizes service, diversity, and social justice through expanded opportunities for student learning, leadership, and civic engagement. The department advises several student organizations, promotes service opportunities (local, national and international) and encourages dialogue around issues of diversity and justice. Look for opportunities to get involved through celebrations, workshops, programs and service trips.


Fontbonne University maintains a strong commitment to diversity to increase the number of faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds. Every person, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability shall be treated with respect and dignity.

Therefore, Fontbonne University will strive to:

  • Create a learning environment that promotes nurtures and supports the understanding, recognition and appreciation of contributions to society made by diverse individuals and groups.
  • Increase recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff.
  • Promote and foster effective communication and interaction among diverse populations.

Social Justice

Involved and Serving Our Dear Neighbors

“Our heritage, deeply rooted in the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, calls us to serve the “dear neighbor without distinction.” Yet it is this distinction that, in some, evokes feelings of hatred. Rather than seeing the beauty of God’s creation in the wonderful diversity of all people based on our cultures and the color of our skin, some see these differences as a means to separate and oppress. As a Catholic, CSJ, educational community, we must stand against this kind of hatred. As the facts unfold in the tragic death of Mike Brown, we are called to listen carefully and be ever vigilant in promoting equality, justice and peace.”
Read the full letter from President Pressimone

The Fontbonne community can join together to help those in need in the community of Ferguson.

St. Louis Non-Profits

Click on the link below to download a list of non-profit organizations Fontbonne has served with.

St. Louis Nonprofit Organizations

Contact Us

The Service, Diversity and Social Justice Department is located in the Student Affairs Office on the first floor of Medaille Hall.
Contact the Director of Service, Diversity and Social Justice at 314-889-4503 with inquiries.