Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence at St. Catherine University

Inclusive excellence, a term coined by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), is the recognition that a community or institution's success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni constituents. Inclusive excellence is a comprehensive approach to institutional transformation, focusing on students' ability to recognize, assess, and critically analyze systems of inequity so they may work toward eliminating some of the most urgent injustices of society.

St. Kate's Legacy of Inclusivity

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) followed a clarion call to address injustice in the world, fight xenophobia, poverty, and every kind of discrimination. The CSJs were formed in 1834 when Joseph Rosati, Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, established a colony of sisters to provide education for deaf children. In 1905, the CSJs established St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s; formerly the College of St. Catherine) in St. Paul, Minnesota, under the leadership of Mother Seraphine Ireland through a commitment she shared with her brother, John Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, to educate women. 

Taking Inclusive Excellence into the Future

Following in the tradition of the Sisters, we remain committed to meeting the needs of the time. St. Catherine University facilitates cultural fluency by developing and maintaining a high-quality learning experience necessary for the careers of the future—which address real needs and bettering the human condition—and citizenship in a diverse world.

Our community is grounded in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s commitment to love our dear neighbor without distinction, which exists as a living and breathing concept at St. Kate’s. It leads to a collective spirit on campus, one that empowers, fosters resilience, embraces the marginalized, and brings out the best in students, faculty, and staff. Our graduates leave our campus compelled to be inclusive, to walk alongside others, carrying love to all in the community.