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Diversity and Inclusion

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Chestnut Hill College has a long history of inclusion. We were founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph whose mission is to serve the Dear Neighbor without distinction and with love. We carry this mission into our life at Chestnut Hill College.

In January 2016, Chestnut Hill College responded to the current national dialogue about race by initiating A Path Forward plan. We seek to further cultivate a campus environment marked by equity, diversity, inclusion, and racial justice.

What We Are Doing
Dean Cavanaugh

By Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D.

When I was asked to write “Last Word” about our work this past year toward diversity and inclusion, which we articulated in a working document titled, “A Path Forward,” I readily accepted. As I begin this reflection, I find that I don’t want to write a “last word” (more on that later) and I’m struggling to find the “first word.” Where do I begin and from what perspective? This year’s efforts have been about those two questions...

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In the past few days, we have witnessed in the City of Philadelphia, in cities across the country, as well as on some of the nation’s college campuses, incidents of violence, hate speech, harassment, and intimidation. We condemn such acts without reservation. In keeping with our beliefs, we advise all who come to our campus to work, to study, to reside or to visit that no such actions or language will be tolerated by Chestnut Hill College.