Racial Justice
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More resources:


  • The Mercy Volunteer Corps has posted a five-week Anti-Racism Education challenge.
  • The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has produced Eyes to See: An Anti-Racism Examen, to guide conversations about becoming more anti-racist institutions.
  • The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers a microsite that showcases more than 120 resources in racial and ethnic diversity for the Christian higher education community.

Racial Justice


“As Jill Lepore’s new history of the U.S. makes abundantly clear, racism is America’s original sin.  It continues to complicate all our attempts to create a truly human civil society.  Those of us who accept the audacious task of leading faith-based education still have much work to do.”

—Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, ACCU President

Read the full ACCU statement



View Rev. Bryan Massingale's remarks, titled "Healing the Soul of a Nation: The Challenge of Racial Justice," during the 2021 ACCU Annual Meeting


Catholic Colleges and Universities Act

Catholic higher education has responded in a variety of ways to the events of spring 2020, as campuses work to make inroads against the tide of systemic racism.  Some are looking with candor at their own institution's past, while others are educating a new generation of leaders to move the country forward.


Marquette University unveiled a new campus mural, titled “Our Roots Say That We’re Sisters.” The theme of the image is representation, the idea that all members of the diverse community are seen and acknowledged, as depicted by four BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) women (see image, right). Designed by artist Mauricio Ramirez, the mural was completed by students, faculty, and staff who gathered for a "Community Paint Day."

Four Lasallian educators took part in a webinar to help participants understand and learn how to act in response to systemic racism. View the recording here

Loras College made the decision to remove a statue of its founder, after discovering that Bishop Mathias Loras had enslaved a woman from 1836 to 1852.

In Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas convened a group to discuss the renaming of Loras Hall after the revelation about Bishop Loras came to light.

The University of Dayton released a historic letter that demonstrates systemic racism at the institution, along with a video aimed at helping educate and put the letter into context.

In June 2020, the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University hosted a public dialogue titled, "Racism in Our Streets and Structures: A Test of Faith, A Crisis for Our Nation."

Chaminade University hosted the online presentation, “Racism in Hawaii: A Faith Response,” via the Marianist Center of Hawaiiʻs YouTube channel.

Boston College launched its Forum on Racial Justice in America with a Service of Hope and Reconciliation. Visit the webpage to view videos of events.

Saint Joseph's University announced a new concentration in diversity, equity, and belonging for master's students in criminal justice and organization development and leadership.


Additional Resources:

Learn about the NEW Consortium of Diversity Officers in Catholic Higher Education


Review statements made by the presidents of ACCU member colleges and universities, decrying the events of spring 2020.




Catholic Higher Education Responds to Executive Order

In September 2020, President Trump signed an executive order that "prohibits the federal government, as well as its contractors, subcontractors and grantees, from offering diversity training programs on racial and gender biases," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Opposition to the order came swiftly from leaders in business and non-profit organizations, including higher education. ACCU signed a letter, along with more than 50 other higher education groups, urging the president to rescind the order, which is "creating a chilling effect on the good faith and lawful efforts of campus officials to build and sustain non-discriminatory and non-hostile workplaces and learning communities."

ACCU President writes, "Trump's order interfering with diversity efforts: The wrong move at the wrong time"

Regis University Will Continue to Provide Anti-Bias Training