Institutional Diversity

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Mission Statement

“The University of St. Francis is committed to building an inclusive community that inspires acceptance, compassion, respect, and wisdom in understanding the multicultural richness of our society. We value the role of pursuing diversity through achieving flexibility of thinking, respect for differences, moral courage, and appreciation for common ground.”





Catholic social teaching holds that each person has a unique dignity of every human being as created by God for God. Out of our sincere desire to grow in faith and to love God, all Christians are called to love our neighbors and seek their good.

Goal 1
Create a hospitable campus climate espousing diversity for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Goal 2
Develop and implement comprehensive educational programs for students, faculty and staff that include cross-cultural competence, legal issues, best practices and relevant research for the purpose of promoting better understanding and appreciation of diversity and individual differences.

Goal 3
Advocate a recruitment plan that will increase the percentage of diverse undergraduate students, faculty and staff.

Goal 4
Champion internal and external research, collaborations, and partnerships with community businesses and organizations.

Goal 5
Promote accountability: design and implement a continuous improvement process as part of the university strategic plan.


Multicultural Student Organizations

Augustus Tolton Honor Society (ATHS)
Committed to nurturing intellectual ability, promoting leadership and service development and fostering knowledge of self among USF’s students of African descent.

Brother-to-Brother (B2B)
Promotes college degree completion for Latino and African American males by engaging them in academic, social, cultural and spiritual activities. (B2B is USF’s campus chapter of Student African American Brotherhood.)

Ethnic Affairs Council (EAC)
Celebrates diversity by sponsoring recreational, educational, social, political and cultural events to enrich the quality of the USF college experience.

International Student Community
Seeks to create an environment that facilitates cross-cultural understanding and exchange among international students and the student body at-large.

Provides a safe place for LGBTQ students and their straight allies to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation, and work together to end homophobia.

Unidos Vamos a Alcanzar (UVA – United We Will Achieve)
Dedicated to preserving and advancing Latin-American culture and serves as a support network for students of Latino descent at USF.

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Institutional Services & Memberships

Casa Michoacan
An agency dedicated to improving the life conditions of people from the Mexican state of Michoacan and provides many practical services for Chicago’s broader Spanish-speaking community. An office is located in Tower Hall, room S307.

Diversity Council
This university committee consists of administrators, faculty and staff who collaborate to develop, enhance and promote diverse academic, professional and social initiatives for the campus community.

The University of St. Francis is an associate member institution of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities which is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions. As a member, USF’s two goals are to increase the diversity of its student population and serve the growing Hispanic community in Will County and northeastern Illinois.

Immigration Workshops & Naturalization Ceremony
USF and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have joined forces to offer the community a series of workshops on immigration and naturalization. Immigrants who fulfill all testing and interviewing requirements are granted naturalization.

Ombudsman Title IX Coordinator/Ombudsman
The Office of Institutional Diversity is responsible for fostering an environment where a variety of cultural systems
are acknowledged, respected and valued. Anyone who feels they have been subjected to discrimination or who have observed incidences of discrimination may seek assistance from the Office of Institutional Diversity, Tower Hall, room S440 or phone (815)740-5072.


Contact Information

Director: Dr. Bernadette Tiapo

Office: Motherhouse 223

Phone: (815) 740-3759


Vista Volunteer: Dr. Janelle Peters

Office: Motherhouse 150

Phone: (815) 740-8381


Administrative Assistant: Ms. Kristin Emerson

Office: Tower Hall: 436

Phone: (815) 740-5072


Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday