Diversity and Inclusion
Xavier's commitment to diversity and inclusion is enshrined in the first sentence of our mission, which calls us to educate "intelligent, motivated young men of diverse backgrounds and means." As a school community, we believe deeply in the words of Night Will Be No More, a 2019 pastoral letter to the people of God in El Paso, Texas: "Every race and color and tribe and people and language and culture are threads in the vibrant and diverse tapestry of the Reign of God."
Informed by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Ignatian challenge to encounter God in all things, Xavier's diversity and inclusion work takes many forms. Xavier's Council for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (XCEID), a group of faculty members, students, and parents, aims to inspire meaningful, courageous conversations about race, identity, and inclusion throughout the school year and especially on Xavier's annual St. Peter Claver Day.
Xavier’s Office of Alumni Relations hosts various diversity-themed programs for Sons of Xavier, including the Different Uniforms, Same Cloth conversation series, and oversees the Maroon, Blue, and Black Initiative—a group (once known as the Minority Alumni Council) open to alumni of color that hosts programming for the entire community. Xavier’s administration has also hosted a series of professional development days, conversations with the faculty, and schoolwide reads about topics related to diversity and inclusion.
“Xavier’s mission clearly defines our role as a Jesuit school in the 21st century. How we educate young men of diverse backgrounds and means is the question that diversity asks of all of us. How will we each serve one another justly? Christ’s teachings make it clear that we must love and walk with one another and judge impartially. When we—students, faculty, parents, alumni, and other community members—choose to do that, we gain a more comprehensive understanding of different perspectives and the world around us. This understanding allows us to better utilize our own strengths to truly transform the world for God’s greater glory.”
Zane Massey ’96 P’22, Director of Alumni Relations and Co-Moderator of XCEID