Seeing God in All People
Bellarmine cherishes its diversity and strives to educate each student to accept that all persons are created in God's image and are unique expressions of the Divine. Our diversity program is based on the core Ignatian value of “Finding God in All Things” which roots us in the awareness that God can be found in every one, in every place, and in everything.
Students at Bellarmine reflect a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and faith traditions—yet they embrace each other as brothers and love one another as members of God’s family. Our diversity inspires the men and women of our community to create a loving and nurturing environment where each student's talents, abilities, and desires can reach their highest expression. We believe exposing students to an environment rich in difference offers them a capacity to engage in a loving dialogue with the world upon graduation. Our hope is that this dialogue will build a more just and faith-filled world.
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion centers its programming on eight aspects of diversity:
- Race / Ethnicity
- Ability / Disability
- Sexual Orientation
- Socio-economic Status
Our approach is to focus on students' awareness of their own identity and experiences and then explore how these insights translate to their perception of others. Events like our annual cultural faire and the active presence of ethnic affinity groups on campus help students to feel welcomed, and also to learn about peers whose backgrounds are different than their own. In a similar vein, as a Catholic, Jesuit school, we embrace the faith tradition upon which we are founded while also welcoming and learning from the many other faith traditions practiced by our students.
We achieve unity in our diversity—called together at one table, as one family, working together, answering the call to serve God.