President's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Campus Community:

As we reflect on the recent racially charged events in Charlottesville and around the United States, I wanted to reaffirm Holy Family University’s unequivocal dedication to diversity and inclusion. As a university community, we denounce all forms of hate and the violence that stems from hate.

In accordance with our core values, Holy Family University affirms the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and witnesses to the dignity of each person and the oneness of the human family. Furthermore, the University’s Statement of Commitment to Human Dignity and Diversity, developed by our Diversity and Inclusion Team, states:

The mission of Holy Family University emphasizes and affirms the dignity of the person and the oneness of the human family. This mission encourages commitment to fostering a university community that is rich in its diversity of people and ideas.

To these ends, as a university community, we dedicate our efforts to respecting individuality, valuing personal dignity, fostering civility and mutual respect, and modeling the core values. We are an academic environment that provides a place for the sharing of ideas and values from many different traditions so to foster the awareness of one’s serious responsibility toward all humanity.

We, at Holy Family University, are dedicated to empowering our students with knowledge and sensitivity to “assume life-long responsibilities towards God, society and self.” We embrace the challenge of seeking peace and harmony in a diverse global community.

It is these values, as evident through Christ, that provide us a model of action. It is these values, as evident through Christ, that guide us. I pray that we model and serve as a light to guide others. We pray for healing and peace during these turbulent times.

Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN
President, Holy Family University