Santa Clara University

Future Directions

Diversity / Cultural Competence / Understanding
A Model for Inclusive Excellence

Drafted by Marilyn Fernandez

Commitment to diversity as a value added resource for educational excellence is an essential manifestation of the Jesuit “way of proceeding” outlined by Mark Ravizza, S.J. in his thought paper titled, “The Mission of Santa Clara as a Catholic, Jesuit University in a Globalizing World.” If we are to educate our students to be “fully human” so that they are prepared to “promote the common good” in an increasingly pluralistic society, Santa Clara will have to grapple more intentionally with the “creative tension” in the intellectual and experiential dimensions of diversity, the rich cultural traditions and the marginality of historically underrepresented groups.

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