Office of Institutional Diversity

picture of five students of diverse ethnic heritage.


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.


picture of about a dozen students of varying ethnic heritage standing on the balcony of motherhouse.

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.