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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Truth, Racial Healing & TransformationTruth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
(Campus Center)


TRHT Campus Centers play a vital role in the national TRHT effort to address historical and contemporary effects of racism by building sustainable capacity to promote deep, transformational change. With the shared goal of preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers to build equitable and just communities by dismantling the false belief in a hierarchy of human value, each campus center uses the TRHT framework to implement its own visionary action plan for creating new narratives about race in their communities and promoting racial healing and relationship building through campus-community engagement” (AAC&U).

AAC&U Announces Benedictine University As New Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center (CLICK HERE for information)


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Spotlight


Jacqueline (Jacky) Alcantara
Health Science, Class of 2023


I’m from Woodridge, IL.
My favorite food is Italian.
In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, watching movies, and doing outdoor activities.
From my bucket list: Indoor skydiving

Quote by Jacky: “If it sets your soul on fire, be courageous and bold because you hold the power to break down barriers and make a change.”

Freshmen students laughing at Ben Beginnings event

Get Involved!

This is an exciting time for Benedictine University as we work to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. There are several opportunities to learn and engage in this work. Consider becoming a Faculty Champion or attending the Structural Racism Workshop (for faculty and staff). Faculty and staff can also participate in the “Awareness to Action” Project and anyone can request a confidential DEI Meeting or Consultation for any number of needs.

Click on the links below to learn about eligibility, application processes, and scheduling a meeting or consultation with the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Julie Dockery, DEI NSLDC conference 2023Become a DEI Faculty Champion

Creating learning experiences so that all students can thrive is very important. Likewise, it is also vital to center marginalized groups in the curriculum. Doing so helps underrepresented students explore their backgrounds in ways that encourage them to “have a better understanding of the world in which they live” and “draw on this when they experience or witness racial discrimination” (Tatter, 2019). This is also necessary for all students to understand the history and experiences of individuals present in our society, which can lead to respect, tolerance, and awareness —even self-awareness.

Faculty Champions are important for advancing DEI work, and there are several ways to become one. A small stipend is available for most. Click on the links below to learn more about eligibility requirements.

DEI Curriculum Champion Application

DEI Academic Resources Champions

DEI Academic Resources Champions will curate a list of digital resources (including audio resources and interactive websites), and shorter readings in digital format, which focus on the ways in which underrepresented individuals and marginalized groups have been impacted by various national and global events, including racism, discrimination, financial inequities, and Covid-19, among others. These resources will become part of a repository for faculty use in various disciplines.

*One DEI Academic Resources Champion will be selected from the School of Education, College of Science and Health, College of Business, and College of Liberal Arts.

DEI Academic Resources Champion Application

DEI Faculty Champion for Indigenous Peoples History

Reciting land acknowledgments is a common practice many academic institutions engage in frequently these days. It is a way to appropriately recognize and honor our past and forge future relationships between our structures, Indigenous Nations, and the lands our university occupies both in Lisle, IL and Mesa, AZ. And while our land acknowledgements are a show of respect for the stewards of the land we have the privilege of using, we want to ensure that this practice is not merely performative.

The Native Governance Center reminds us that land acknowledgements can be problematic if there is no action to actualize our acknowledgements and recommends that we develop action plans that underscore specific, tangible ways in which we can actively live out our commitment to support and reconcile our relationships with Indigenous communities.

A DEI Faculty Champion for Indigenous Peoples History is the first step toward the long-term work in which we plan to engage. This Faculty Champion will 1) identify concrete practices that take our land acknowledgments from performance to action; 2) outline a work plan to study the history of Benedictine University in connection to the lands the university occupies; and 3) collaborate with the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to develop a strategy for recruiting and supporting Native American students.

DEI Faculty Champion for Indigenous Peoples History Application

Participate in the “Awareness to Action” Project

Thanks to a small grant from the Lilly Fellows Program, the “Awareness to Action” project is looking for student, staff, and faculty participants dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion who can attend a two-hour close reading and discussion session to explore our Benedictine values in critical ways that translate our mission and hallmarks into clear expectations and simple, practical traditions.

The “Awareness to Action” project seeks to engage the campus community in close reading and discussion sessions of the core text, “Education within the Benedictine Wisdom Tradition,” by the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities. The goal of the project is to develop clear language that clarifies how each Benedictine hallmark translates to observable attitudes and clear, distinct behaviors indicative of respect, tolerance, fairness, and open-mindedness. This work will allow us to progress our DEI efforts by engaging in mindful, focused work that will enable us to move from talking about racism and inequity to demonstrating actionable steps toward a community of inclusion that denounces hate, thus living into our Benedictine values via the hallmarks of Love of Christ and Neighbor; Prayer; Stability; Conversatio; Obedience; Discipline; Humility; Stewardship; Hospitality; and Community.

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The “Awareness to Action” project is made possible by a small grant from the Lilly Fellows Project.

The following are ways you can participate:

Become a Close Reading Session Facilitator

Up to three session facilitators are needed to host one or more of three close reading and discussion sessions.

“Awareness to Action” Project Application

Request DEI Meeting or Consultation

To request a meeting or consultation with the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for any reason, send an email to [email protected]. All inquiries are confidential.

Julie D. Dockery, Ed.D.Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
[email protected]