Committing to our Community — September 3, 2020

President Roloff's Welcome

Dear St. Catherine Community,

The new academic year is nearly upon us, and it will be unlike any other. Please know how excited we are to have you with us — whether online, in-person, or some combination thereof — and how deeply committed we are to keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible. This year, more than any other, it is important that we live out our mission and remember to love our dear neighbor. It is our shared responsibility to show care, compassion, and grace toward one other, to follow established guidelines, and to hold each other accountable, that will see us through. We must all commit to protecting our community and one another. The following is the community commitment we ask each and everyone of you to commit to and uphold as we navigate this year together.

St. Catherine University Community Commitment

As members of the St. Catherine University community, we recognize that we have a responsibility to show care, compassion, and grace toward one another. As we begin the 2020-2021 academic year in the midst of a global pandemic, an economic crisis, racial unrest, and an historical presidential election, it is more important than ever that we remember to love our dear neighbor without distinction as our founders — the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — called us to do.

As Katies, we commit to:

Safeguard Health

We will follow established guidelines for health and safety to protect ourselves and the community by wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance, washing our hands, and following guidance for testing, isolation, and quarantine. We will take time for self-care, understanding that our physical, emotional, and mental health are connected, and we will encourage others to do the same. We will also be attentive to changing circumstances and policies, adjusting practices and behaviors as necessary.

Strive for Inclusive Excellence

We will consciously promote and work for acceptance by demonstrating respect, listening to and learning from other people’s experiences, embracing differences among identities, using inclusive language, and being open to perspectives. We will be anti-racist and work for a more equitable society.

Engage in Civil Discourse

We will be respectful and open-minded in conversations that address the differences among us as we work for just solutions. We will seek common ground through truth and understanding, be considerate of alternate views, and recognize that both what we say and how we say it matters.

A Successful Year Together

As we look to officially start the fall semester next year, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of the faculty and staff who have diligently worked to prepare our beautiful campus for those students who will be onsite and to develop engaging online curriculum for those who will remain remote. I am also thankful to our students for their dedication to St. Kate’s and their education. Together, I know we will have a successful – albeit unique – year together by following these safety protocols and living our values to care for one another through our community commitment.

Becky Roloff

View the St. Catherine University Community Commitment online