Shared Language and Understanding
Saint Mary’s College is committed to diversity. The CCIE will begin with shared language and understanding that calls upon all of us to defend the goodness, dignity and freedom of each person and to foster sensitivity to social and ethical concerns. Our mission also calls upon students, faculty, administrators and staff from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to come together to grow in knowledge, wisdom and compassion to become active and effective global citizens.
Diversity refers to the uniqueness among individuals in terms of background, ideas, values, and experiences. In the Saint Mary's College community, we are aware of differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic class, ability, race, and ethnicity. We recognize that these differences can create imbalances in power, privilege, and access to resources and opportunities. We also recognize that in order to realize equity on our college campus, we need to create an environment where all persons are respected and included in the campus dialogue. In order to achieve this, we need to develop cultural competence in all persons at the College.
Cultural competence is the ability to recognize one's own social position and privilege, suspend assumptions about those who are different from us, respect multiple perspectives, and interact ethically and effectively with all members of the community. Cultural competence is the capacity to navigate a variety of environments with the understanding that decisions and policies that are the products of an inclusive dialogue are more powerful than prescriptive mandates. Cultural competence is aimed at defending the dignity and freedom of each person and fostering sensitivity to social, cultural, economic, religious, and political difference.
Inclusive excellence is the result of an institution's organizational structures, policies, and values that together create a climate in which diversity is viewed as a vital asset of the institution. Inclusive excellence fosters open dialogue, civility, trust, and good faith. Saint Mary's College believes that inclusivity as a college community is necessary for us to be an excellent institution of higher learning.
This college-wide effort toward advancing inclusive excellence will be co-led by the Provost and a tenured faculty member. Leading this committee will be a significant responsibility, and the faculty Chair will receive 50% reassigned time for this commitment. The CCIE will also be given a budget for implementation of recommendations. Members of the CCIE will be selected by the President and Provost. Faculty membership and leadership will be based on consultation with the Senate Chair. Members of the CCIE will hold leadership positions in the College with the authority to implement the changes recommended by the CCIE and possess awareness, knowledge, and skill in inclusive leadership. At least one member of the CCIE shall be a Christian Brother. Staff and administrative membership is based on position rather than person.