Service, Diversity and Social Justice

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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.

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Service

Our founders (The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet) mission is to serve a world in need, and that legacy continues at Fontbonne University through our faculty, staff, students and alumni. You may be looking to do something similar; to give of yourself in a way that utilizes your gifts and talents and serves others along the way. You would not believe the number of different volunteer organizations there are that need someone just like you! It’s true that you are needed; you could volunteer for a short amount of time or longer, you may volunteer with kids or perhaps you’re great with computers. Either way, we are certain there is a place that is a fit for you.

Diversity

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.
Female student at unity event.

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.”

Get Involved

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Fontbonne University works with STL Volunteer to connect our students with local volunteer opportunities. Register to join STL Volunteer and explore all the ways your time and talents can benefit our community.

Contact Us

To learn more about volunteering, contact Kayla Winkler.

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