Campus Diversity

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At Fairfield, we believe that no matter what's going on in the world, more unites us than divides us. When we respect and value each other, we find the common good rooted in us all, and we work together to bring out each other's potential. 

We're committed to community - an inclusive, welcoming community that represents the ever-changing global populace. To that end, we offer initiatives like Upward Bound, a no-cost program for college bound high school seniors. We also offer a number of clubs and organizations that promote diversity, like the Ally Network and such academic offerings as the Program in Black Studies and Program in Asian Studies.

By encouraging better communication and understanding, we're fostering better students, and a better world. 

  • Embracing diversity has always been a distinguishing hallmark of Jesuit education. The tradition continues in Fairfield’s commitment to build a community of learners from a diversity of social, economic, racial, cultural, national and religious backgrounds.
  • The express purpose of a Fairfield education is the development of global citizens, young men and women who are at home in the world, able to engage in any cultural circumstance with an open mind and the capacity to empathize with the perspectives of others. 
  • Fairfield recognizes the importance of learning about and living in an increasingly dynamic and intercultural world. …and reflects this by striving to become a microcosm of the global community.

Fall 2015 Initiatives and Activities

From the Color Line to the Carceral State: Prisons, Policing, and Surveillance in the 20th and 21st Centuries
October 28, 2015
A one-day conference where six of the nation’s leading scholars on the topic examined the historical roots, dispersed locations, and present-day consequences of “mass incarceration” and the carceral state. They also presented a broad range of topics connecting the historical origins of the carceral state with the United States’ current struggles over mass incarceration and policing. 

STAG Talks
October 29, 2015
In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program hosted a new event, STAG Talks (Sexuality, Technology, and Gender) where students and faculty shared their personal stories on sexual and gender identity. An open question and answer session followed the presentations. 

Dr. Javon Johnson - Nationally renowned slam poet and scholar on issues regarding race, privilege, diversity
November 9, 2015
Dr. Javon Johnson, held a poetry workshop and then a performance on campus. The event was sponsored by a number of departments and organizations on campus including the Center for Faith and Public Life, FUSA, Students for Social Justice, Racial Justice is Social Justice, Residence Life, the Office of Student Diversity Programs, the Office of Student Engagement, Black Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, and StagsTV.

Lucy Katz Dialogue and Resolution Consortium, 
November 11, 2015
A forum for students held in light of the recent events at Missouri, this facilitated discussion provided an open space for students to talk about their individual experiences at college, to reflect on concerns relating to feelings of isolation and safety, to discuss the importance of authenticating experiences, and offered concepts and ideas for moving forward as a community.

Embrick Colloquium - What Does Diversity Mean in an Era of Color Blindness? Diversity Ideology in 21st Century America” 
Nov. 17, 2015
Dr. David G. Embrick, Associate Professor of Sociology, Loyola University – Chicago.  
Co-sponsors: Sociology & Anthropology, Black Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, The Honors Program, Catholic Studies, and American Studies

Who is My Neighbor?  Race, Culture and Human Life”
November 18, 2015
Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, of Boston College
Sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies 

National Student Call to Action Day
November 18, 2015
A public demonstration where students conducted some form of non-violent protest in response to the racial injustices evidenced at Missouri, Yale, Ithaca, Howard, and other universities around the country. 

Syrian Crisis Dialogue
November 19, 2015
Sponsored by JUHAN, this panel discussion focused on Syria as part of the annual JUHAN Humanitarian Action Week and gave students and the community the opportunity to hear experts speak about conflicts and refugee crisis in Syria. 

Multifaith Thanksgiving Service, Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
November 19, 2015
The Multifaith Service for Thanksgiving and Peace in the Egan Chapel featured prayers in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as prayers for victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and around the world. It was a true expression of the diversity of the University community as faculty, staff and students offered music, prayers, and readings from religious and secular traditions. Featuring a reflection on Thanksgiving by Sophomore Class President Zavon Billups, the service concluded with a candlelight procession to the plaza outside the chapel and a vigil of Remembrance and Peace. 

FEED for Thought” 
November 19, 2015
Fairfield University hosted “FEED for Thought,” a panel discussion on the issue of global hunger featuring University and community experts, followed by a question and answer session.

Embracing Campus Diversity

We're committed to community - an inclusive, welcoming community that represents the ever-changing global populace. To that end, we offer initiatives like Upward Bound, a tuition-free program for deserving college bound high school seniors, plus a number of clubs and organizations that promote diversity, like the Ally Network. Our academic offerings include programs such as Black Studies, Asian Studies, Judaic Studies, and International Studies.

International Presence

In addition to study abroad partnerships with other schools, Fairfield University offers its own semester and year-long study abroad options in Florence, Italy; Galway, Ireland; Brisbane, Australia, Managua, Nicaragua; and Madrid, Spain.

International Students

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is the main resource for international students at Fairfield University. The OSE is responsible for advising all non-immigrant students on immigration issues and provides personal advising involving information on medical health insurance, campus life, and adapting to student life in the United States.

Student Diversity Programs

The Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs seeks to develop and implement programs and services that will increase the engagement of students in activities that promote and foster an inclusive living and learning community.

Students will obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice through participation and celebration in a variety of activities.

Global Citizenship

Fairfield University's mandate is to prepare all members of its community to reflect humbly on our privileges, to use creative means to connect with others, to seek experiences that allow for the application and expansion of knowledge gained in the classroom, and to recognize the value inherent in striving to transform society for the greater good. In order to connect the individual to the collective, to identify social injustice, and to define the tools necessary to redress it, Fairfield has begun to explicitly orient itself toward a global vision - the education and formation of global citizens.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2016

Join the campus community for “Standing Up to Racism: The Urgency for Change,” a full week of activities in celebration of the life and influence of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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