The Alumni Association serves 29,483 living Saints around the globe. Of those alumni, approximately 2,311 (seven percent) self-identify as alumni of color. Understanding the history of data collection both at our organization and nationally, we recognize that our alumni of color population are not fully accounted for within the current data.
Our vision is to involve the greatest possible number of alumni by offering opportunities to connect and remain engaged with the College and each other. We are committed to serving the needs of alumni through recognizing and responding to the diversity of individuals, generations, interests and geographic locations. Our offerings are rooted in the Benedictine values of Respect, Hospitality, Stewardship, Community and Love of Learning. The College's Benedictine tradition, rich friendships, and strong academic preparation inspire this vision.
This Benedictine tradition also emulates our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. An intentional focus on equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels of the College, including among our alumni, is essential to our mission as a Catholic Benedictine institution. Inclusion is at the very heart of what it means to be an institution committed to Catholic social justice.
The Alumni Engagement team recognizes that in order to grow meaningful engagement efforts with the institution's diverse alumni, specifically alumni of color, we need to engage in a conversation with our diverse alumni. We need to reach out to ask about their experiences at St. Scholastica, their experiences post-graduation, how they wish to be involved with our current students of color, and what kind of programming they would like to see from our department. We are humbled to embark on this journey along with President Barbara McDonald and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Amy Bergstrom.
The Inclusive Excellence 2025 Strategic Plan for The College of St. Scholastica is a living plan of action that is intended to serve as a blueprint for embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into the systems and culture of the College.
Under the focus area Access, Equity & Success, Goal 4 of the IE 2025 plan states:
The post-college success rates for students from historically marginalized and/or underrepresented populations will be equivalent to those for the student body as a whole. Post-college success is defined by the average length of time to secure a job within a student's field of study and/or the acceptance and completion of graduate studies.
Action steps include identifying best practices in post-graduation success tracking and implementing a new plan for data collection by 2024.
Ultimately, these listening sessions will help strengthen data collection efforts for the IE 2025 plan, as well as strengthen relationships between the College and its alumni of color.
Each session will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (CT) via Zoom. Invitations will be sent via email; if you are an alum of color and would like to participate, please contact Laura Johnson.
The College of St. Scholastica
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