Inclusive Excellence

We envision a community that goes beyond tolerance of differences to one guided by social justicecultural competence and engaged citizenship. We know we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people.

How does it fit into our academic goals?

We believe that we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people in our community and creating a culture in which we are all valued, respected, and supported. An education is only complete when it ventures beyond the walls of the classroom. The Saint Mary's College Core Curriculum asks all students to engage with the world in substantive and meaningful ways. Learn more about the Core Curriculum.

How is it supported?

The College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) reviews, recommends, and facilitates the implementation of policies, programs, and practices that advance inclusive excellence at Saint Mary’s College. The CCIE recently released a status report, The Path to Inclusion, detailing the recent progress we have made to ensure that our community is fully characterized by inclusive excellence.

Report a Bias IncidentIf you experience an act motivated by bias towards a category of people or an individual based on actual or perceived social identification, please submit a Bias Incicent Response Team (BIRT) Report.

How can you participate?

There are a number of organizations and events across campus offering opportunities to support inclusive excellence.

Campus of Difference Workshops

campus of difference workshops"May no one who enters this campus each day be excluded from our respect and reverence." From Brother Dom's prayer at the Staff Breakfast, 2010. A workshop for faculty and staff to begin conversations about what it means to be a diverse community.


Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA)

Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action The academic center at Saint Mary's promoting a culture of service and social justice education consonant with Catholic social teaching and integrating the three traditions of the college: Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts. CILSA offers a range of programs for: Students; Faculty; Alumni & Friends; Community Partners.


First Generation Center

First Generation CenterThe Center for First Generation to College Studies is dedicated to appreciating, understanding, and improving the educational experience for the First Generation College student.

Videos: What is the First Generation Center?; First Generation Big Brother & Big Sister Program.


High Potential Program (HP)

high potential programThe program is designed to meet the needs of first-generation, low-income students as they transition into Saint Mary’s. FAQs for Students and FAQ's for Counselors.



Interactive Theatre

interactive theatreThe Interactive Theatre Troupe was created in 2009 with an exploratory grant from CCIE to put together programs addressing campus conflicts and issues of inclusive community.



Intercultural Center (IC)

intercultural centerThe IC strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment that embraces diversity and fosters an inclusive community. Cultural Nights; Diversity Student Organizations; Cultural Graduate Celebrations; Intercultural Programs.


Mission and Ministry Center

de la salleThe Mission and Ministry Center cultivates our Catholic, Lasallian Culture on campus through a variety of programs and activities that help students become more involved in our community. De La Salle Week, internshipsretreats and more - explore the infinite opportunities Saint Mary's offers to truly Live Lasallian!


Student Organizations

student organizationsWe have over 40 student organizations to choose from; there's sure to be one that fits your interests. There are many benefits to joining a student organization, including making new friends, developing your skills and abilities, learning to work as part of a team, building your leadership experience, sharing your time and talents, and - of course - having fun.


Women's Resource Center (WRC)

women's resource centerThe WRC is dedicated to creating a campus environment that empowers women to envision and engage in a life that maximizes their academic, personal, and spiritual growth. Upcoming Events; Resources for Students; Joining the WRC Team