Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement

Villanova University, as a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education, recognizes diversity as an integral component of the teaching and learning experience and as an essential element of the ongoing intellectual, social and spiritual development of every member of the Villanova community.  In turn, the Department of Public Administration celebrates all members of the global community, and is focused on cultivating a diverse and inclusive network of students, alumni, faculty, and community partners and stakeholders.  As leaders, we serve with an open mind and a generous heart.  We value diversity in beliefs and ideas in public discourse, and stand for those who are marginalized or excluded from these conversations.

We understand diversity includes individual differences (e.g., learning styles and life experiences) as well as differences in ability, age, gender identity, national origin, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, as well as cultural, political, and religious affiliations.  This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather one that illustrates the many unique perspectives that we value in our classrooms and professional community.  We respect the gifts that every individual brings to the vocation of public service, and strongly affirm the importance of an educational community that is diverse, inclusive, and willing to address issues of equity. 

[Updated November 8, 2017]