Loras College Unveils New Diversity Statement

Loras College unveiled a new diversity statement to the campus community to mark the start of the Spring 2020 semester.

Created over the past year by a committee focused on campus-wide diversity, equality and inclusion, the new statement marries the principles of human dignity, justice, equality and community to our Catholic identity.

“Our role as an institution, as faculty, staff, and students is in seeing God in experiences and individuals most different from ourselves,” said Loras College President Jim Collins (’84). “The Diversity Statement serves as our catalyst in further building a Loras community for all. We hope you will join us in affirming experiences that may already express a living testament to our new statement, but also in developing new ways we can come together to bring those often at the margins into the center of our work.”

The College’s new diversity statement is as follows:

A Loras Community for All

Loras College is committed to creating an environment where every member is beloved and accepted. Grounded in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and guided by Catholic Social Teaching, the Loras community supports diversity, equity, and inclusion and together creates a culture of mutual respect and understanding for one another.  This is a shared vision and a shared responsibility inspired by the life of Jesus.

Human Dignity

We believe all persons have equal, inherent dignity. At Loras, we affirm that all are created in the image of God and each individual is treated as an equally valued part of our community.

Justice and Equity

We actively work toward the creation of a more just society. As neighbors in solidarity with one another, we work for the equitable treatment of all persons. We understand that as long as any individual remains oppressed we fall short of our own full human potential. We embrace the differences among and between our community members and acknowledge our human connection for the promotion of justice.

Community

We foster a welcoming and inclusive community in which all members are encouraged to engage in mutual encounters and accompaniment.  As an educational community, it is our belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial to living our mission of forming a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers and responsible contributors.

We are committed to providing an educational environment where all can discover who they are called to be in the world. Through our shared values, our understanding of interconnectedness is constantly evolving and our commitment to justice and advocacy is unwavering.  As a Catholic institution, it is the shared responsibility of all members of the Loras community to foster these values through the creation of meaningful encounters that embrace the rich diversity of our global family.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).