The Sisters of St. Joseph value diversity of mind, body, and spirit and those beliefs inform the St. Catherine University's goal to drive a culture of inclusive excellence among our faculty and staff.
St. Kate’s recognizes that simply being a diverse institution is not the same as being inclusively excellent. The University is implementing recruitment strategies and training to provide faculty and staff with information and techniques that will help to attract excellent and diverse applicant pools. Policies are in place to conduct fair and equitable evaluations, and successfully hire new faculty members who will contribute to the excellence and diversity of St. Kate’s.
Additionally, the University is focused on improving the retention rate of our diverse faculty and staff by providing more resources for ongoing professional development. We value the rich diversity of experiences and thoughts that our staff, faculty, and administrators bring to our community.
Equity and Inclusion Staff
Workshops, Trainings, and Events
Interrupting Bias in the Recruiting Process
This workshop is for hiring managers and search committee members. It specifically focuses on ideas and strategies to interrupt individual biases in the recruiting process.
Foundations of Inclusive Excellence Workshop Series
We are excited to offer a series of workshops titled Foundations of Inclusive Excellence. During this series, we introduce, discuss and apply key concepts to our daily work at St. Kate's.
Me & White Supremacy Dialogue Circles
Attend Zoom dialogue circles (organized through WAALK) OR
In-person and Google Meet dialogue circles (organized through HR)
Responding to Microaggressions
Facilitated by AMAZEworks
Join us to explore ways to interrupt and respond to microaggressions.
Introduction to Systemic Racism (via Zoom)
Facilitated by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training
Participants will be introduced to a strategic methodology that can assist them to organize the work of dismantling racism at St. Kate's.
Supervision with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens
Explore how your social identities impact your relationship with supervisees, encourage meaningful conversation across differences, and improve the overall climate for minoritized staff on campus.
White Fragility and Microaggressions in the Workplace: When Good People Behave Badly
This webinar from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion 2020 Conference highlights the ways white fragility appears in the workplace and how it can be addressed for individual and organizational growth.
Employee Resource Groups
The Black Indigenous People of Color Faculty and Staff Group
The Black Indigenous People of Color Faculty and Staff (BIPOC FS) Group at St. Catherine University serves as a community for self-identified faculty and staff of color to activate for change regarding issues affecting BIPOC faculty and staff on our campus. We work to influence systems and create systemic change within our institution towards the goal of supporting, recognizing, and promoting racial equity for our BIPOC faculty and staff. We maintain representation on the Faculty Senate as well as other decision-making groups on our campus in order to influence change on behalf of our BIPOC faculty and staff. We do this with care for our community. We promote and support the continued search for racial justice.
The BIPOC FS Group is committed to promoting the interests and advocating for St. Catherine University’s faculty and staff from historically underrepresented races, ethnicities, and tribal nations. We honor and celebrate the diversity of our cultures and actively contribute to the University by:
- Providing members with a supportive community and brave spaces
- Fostering belonging for all intersecting experiences
- Sharing knowledge about the campus climate
- Establishing meaningful connections between staff and faculty of color.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
White Anti-racist Accountability for Learning and Kinship
White Anti-racist Accountability for Learning and Kinship (WAALK) is a group that provides white faculty and staff with opportunities to strengthen our critical understanding of the myriad ways in which we benefit from and are complicit in white supremacy and systems and to take action to become more anti-racist. We believe this work is an essential foundation for strengthening our anti-racist practices to help advance institutional transformation at St. Kate's and in the broader community.
This is a place to deepen our capacity to BOTH partner effectively with our BIPOC colleagues and other white colleagues - working toward racial justice, dismantling racism and white supremacy starting at St. Kate's AND creating a place to do self-work by recognizing our racist attitudes and white supremacist beliefs and how those beliefs contribute to the problem of silence, colluding, complacency, and indifference.
To be added to the WAALK roster, please send a request to email@example.com.
For more information, contact one of the group’s facilitators:
- Renée Broughten (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Monica Brown (email@example.com)
- Kayla Forbes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mary Galvin (email@example.com)
- Amy Hamlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mary Nienow (email@example.com)
- Sharon Rolenc (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kristine West (email@example.com)