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.
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.
How to get involved on-campus:
- Mustard Seed Theatre is pledging ongoing support to the Ferguson High School Fine Arts programs. Our first step is collecting the following items for the returning students. If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the Fine Arts Theatre lobby. Items needed include: Drawing supplies (especially paper), any playable musical instruments, any plus-size clothing, any formal dresses or other clothing that could be turned into costumes.
- St. Stephen’s & the Vine is an Episcopal Church, 33 N. Clay, in Ferguson that hosts a food pantry. I have spoken with Fr. Steve, the pastor, about his community’s needs. The food pantry needs a variety of food items. Some families cannot get to stores due to the disturbances. Many families rely on the breakfasts and lunches provided by the school district to feed their children and with the late opening of schools these families are hard pressed to feed the children. Some children are being brought to the library to keep them safe while the parents are at work during the day and the food pantry is feeding the children while at the library.
I am hoping that the Fontbonne Community can help the people in Ferguson by donating to this food pantry. Below is a list of nonperishable items requested by Fr. Steve
- · Paper towels, toilet paper and napkins
- · Plastic forks and spoons, plastic gloves that food prep people wear
- · Food items that children can put in backpacks such as granola bars, snack bars, those small plastic containers of fruit and applesauce and pudding. Fr. Steve emphasized kid-friendly, but nutritious snacks.
- · Food items that need no preparation such as cans of stew, soups, pasta dinners, cans of vegetables and fruit.
You may place your donations outside the chapel in Ryan Hall or else bring them to the 4th floor Ryan Hall, west side of the building, by the Math/CS offices.
I would like to bring the donations to Fr. Steve by Tuesday so if you can donate before Monday evening that would be wonderful.
Mary Abkemeier, x 1497 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get involved off-campus:
Peace & Social Justice Resources
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.