What is diversity & inclusion really?
The terms diversity and inclusion are complementary but not interchangeable, they do not mean the same thing.
Diversity, in the broadest sense means “difference.” Diversity in the context of individualism refers to our humanity and our lived experience. Diversity in group or social norms refers to identities including, but not limited to, gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion, disabilities, nationality, and sexual orientation. Diversity occurs when there is more than one person in the room.
Inclusion, is what happens when different identities feel valued, welcomed, respected, and enough, independently without the comparison to others. Inclusion is a sense of belonging.
The terms combined build a culture of belonging, value, and respect.
At the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, our dedication to academic excellence and the spiritual development of young men is inseparable from our commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is central to our Jesuit principle of Cura Personalis—to ensure that we care, respect and love oneself and others: the entire person and gift of life from God given to us. We believe creating an environment that each member of our community have an opportunity to thrive and flourish is essential to a successful diverse environment for educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.
- U of D Jesuit embraces the uniqueness of human differences, including but not limited to, race and ethnicity, age, culture, gender, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and political perspective.
- U of D Jesuit commits to undertaking thoughtful initiatives to ensure that the school is a place where differences are embraced, different perspectives are thoughtfully considered, and where every person feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.
Nearly 900 young men in grades 7-12 represent more than 75 communities in seven counties
Fifteen percent of the students reside in the City of Detroit
Thirty-seven percent of students are non-Catholic
Thirty-six percent of the students received more than $2.4 million in tuition assistance in 2019-20