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Diversity and Inclusion at Chestnut Hill College

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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 active and inclusive 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: PROMOTING EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND RACIAL JUSTICE AT CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE. We seek to further cultivate a campus environment marked by equity, diversity, inclusion, and racial justice.

Committed to achieving diversity and inclusion throughout campus, Chestnut Hill College maintains a Diversity Advisory Committee, which is made up of students, faculty and staff, who rotate through serving terms. Click here to MEET THE TEAM for the 2020-21 academic year.

Learn more about the programming and resources offered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by following the links below.

Diversity Resources
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Letter from the President

Dear Members of the College Community,

I am sitting staring at the blank page before me wondering where and how to begin to write a meaningful message when we have witnessed the unspeakable. Some believe that the violence we watch on various forms of media numbs the mind to hostile aggression, that we somehow can no longer distinguish between fiction and reality. At one point, I might have given some credence to that belief, but no longer. The sight of George Floyd on the ground, crushed into the pavement with unrelenting persistence by the knee of a police officer, until he passed out and died is too outrageously incredible, too cruelly inhumane, too horribly haunting to be forgotten. Few scenes are as real. We watched an unarmed man in police custody, in a prone position, saying “I can’t breathe,” die at the hands of an unconscionable arresting officer. The three fellow officers present did nothing to stop the policeman’s reprehensible behavior while also ignoring the crowd calling for the abuse to cease.

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Letter from the BSU

Dear College Community,

Over the last few weeks, Black Student Union (BSU) has found it necessary to write an open letter to our college community regarding the current racial injustices happening in the nation, our feelings surrounding them, and to share vital information.

In the last few months, we have witnessed the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and most recently Rayshard Brooks. Throughout the years we have also witnessed Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Bothman Jean, O’shea Terry, Antwon Rose II, Terrence Crutcher, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Walter Scott and so many more. We have witnessed many of these murders on camera and social media and while these events are tragic and heartbreaking, we are inclined to note that police brutality and racial profiling have occurred far before its capturing on cell phones and cameras.

Additional Resources and Programming
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I Can't Breathe...A Series of Thought Provoking Conversations Around Race

The I Can’t Breathe Conversation Series features panelists (members from the campus or local community), who will share their personal perspectives regarding racism as a foundational pillar in the development of this nation.  The dialogue will create a narrative of personal voice from the panelists.  This format serves as a vehicle used to help humanize the experiences of members from Black and Brown communities, and may reveal major differences in worldviews or perspectives related to issues of race. All are invited to participate in difficult dialogue for the purposes of exploring your own perspectives and experiences with racism, and ways to move toward an anti-racist society. See below to view each discussion.

I Can't Breathe...Learning to Exhale

I Can't Breathe...A Conversation on Racial Justice and Protests

I Can't Breathe...A Conversation on Race in Athletics

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Chestnut Hill College supports various programs and activities on campus in an effort to encourage students, faculty, staff and the entire college community to come together and reflect on being a diverse and inclusive campus. 

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Involvement Opportunities for Students and Staff

The College also supports various affinity groups, all of which offer their own programming:

Black Student Union: The Black Student Union is an organization that engages students in discussions on issues affecting African-Americans and other minorities across the campus and our surrounding communities.  

La Voz Latina: La Voz Latina strives to promote cultural awareness and education and provides students a place to express their Latino culture.

HERO: Hero strives to provide a safe social space to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) students while exploring issues relevant to the larger community.