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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement

Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic institution where we share Jesus’ message that every person is made in the image of God. As such, the stakeholders (Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Parents) will be responsible and accountable for building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and compassionate community. This will be accomplished through planned programs and strategies that emphasize respect for and affirmation of the dignity and worth of each person.

Diversity at SUA

Diversity is an Ursuline core value at Saint Ursula Academy. St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Order, insisted on love and respect for every individual. She modeled a responsiveness to the “needs of the times” of all social classes, especially those marginalized, not by choice, but by alienation, oppression, or exclusion from educational opportunities.

Students

Saint Ursula Academy’s learning environment uses resources to create opportunities that build an appreciation for the talents, gifts, and abilities of all. Students have many opportunities to get involved in clubs, organizations, and activities that help build a welcoming and inclusive school culture.
  • Hands Across Campus  (HAC)
  • Sisters in Cultural Unity (SICU)
  • The Asian and Pacific Island Organization (APIO)
  • The Hispanic and Latina Organization (HALO)
  • Spectrum Club

Faculty & Staff

Every faculty and staff member at Saint Ursula Academy is involved in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. That work is guided by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Executive Committee, and five focused sub-committees.  Each adult is committed to learning and growing and doing their part to make Saint Ursula is a welcoming and inclusive community.

Parents

Parents of students with diverse backgrounds have several opportunities to get involved, including groups and activities that promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SUA. There are two groups with this focus.
  • Parents of African American Daughter (PAAD)
  • Parents' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (PDEIC)

Alumnae

Saint Ursula treasures every graduate. While every student experience is different, it is the goal for every student to feel welcome and that she belongs during her time at SUA, and beyond. The Saint Ursula Alumnae Office aims to:
  • Cultivate student-alumnae connections
  • Strength the alumnae of color network
  • Enhance alumnae engagement programs
  • Increase alumnae support of DEI programs and scholarships

Long Range Strategic Plan

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is one of the top four goals in Saint Ursula’s current Long Range Strategic Plan. Visit the LRSP page to see Saint Ursula’s progress in the area of DEI and the other priority areas.

DEI CONTACTS

Toilynn O'Neal Turner '90
Diversity Director

513-961-3410 ext. 261

Andrea Gruber Brunsman '90
Vice President of Ursuline Identity

513-961-3410 ext. 196

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT

Diana Maria (Uhlenbrock) Riva ’87
SUA alumna and Hollywood actress talks to students for Hispanic Heritage Month

SUPPORT DEI AT SUA

You may designate your gift to the Diane Hollaway Curtis Diversity Scholarship or the Julia Schmidt Diversity Scholarship.