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Truth, 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 Announcement of Benedictine University

AAC&U Announces Benedictine University as new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center

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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.”


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 Chief of Diversity.



Land Acknowledgement Registration

Become Part of “The Village” Here

DEI Steering Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee is responsible for leading the coordination of university-wide efforts to implement the recommendations of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Faculty or staff interested in serving on the steering committee should send an email expressing interest to [email protected].

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and advocacy to advance the University’s efforts to addressing systemic and structural issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Serve as a resource to senior leadership as the University seeks to embed and layer diversity, equity, and inclusion into its culture and in all University-wide activities and initiatives.
  • Facilitate collaboration and communication between offices implementing DEI initiatives.
  • Advocate for the development and implementation of programs and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff in order to support campus-wide efforts relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Review University policies, practices, and procedures to assess their impact on our efforts to support and promote an anti-racist environment.
  • Propose University policies and procedures that promote positive systemic changes in addressing racism and inequality in all areas of the institution.
  • Monitor and support efforts to recruit and retain diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide oversight for diversity, equity, and inclusion training programs.
  • Develop plans for ongoing assessment of our effort pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University.
  • Track data pertaining to recruitment, retention, and graduation rates and use these data to recommend programming and interventions.


Julie Cowgill, Assistant Provost – Mesa
Katie Culotta, Director of Advising Center
Marc Davidson, Director of Student Affairs
Elaine Davies, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Julie D. Dockery, EdD (Chair), Chief of Diversity
Tiara Perez Morales, Assistant Professor – Biological Sciences
Fannie Rushing, Professor – History

Request DEI Meeting or Consultation

To request a meeting or consultation with the Chief Diversity Officer, for any reason, send an email to [email protected]. All inquiries are confidential.

Julie D. Dockery, Ed.D.
Chief Diversity Officer
[email protected]