IDC Goals and Focus Areas

The mission of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University is to provide the very best residential liberal arts education in the Catholic university tradition. These two institutions are called to foster integrated learning and exceptional leadership for change and wisdom for a lifetime.

The Catholic identity of these schools is more than just a matter of religious sponsorship or the personal faith of some members of the intellectual community, important as these are. It is a home for thoroughgoing intellectual and personal engagement with the ideas and traditions of Catholic culture and thought. It is also and equally an identity that commits itself to and practices Benedictine hospitality and an ecumenical welcome extending to all who enter the intellectual community as persons of principle and seekers of truth. In practicing this central Benedictine value, these two institutions seek to build authentic communities for all who come here to work and learn.

In accordance with this overall mission, the Intercultural Council has adopted the following challenges that will guide its work:

1. To develop shared understandings and promote actions that advance intercultural competence.
2. To foster a genuinely inclusive intercultural community.
3. To promote active learning toward intercultural competence.
4. To improve recruitment and retention of a diverse educational community (students, workforce, and management).

These challenges will begin to be addressed in conversation with various members of the CSB/SJU community in the coming months. This process of critical conversation and action on behalf of intercultural competence will continue for years to come. By engaging numerous aspects of institutional life, the ICC hopes to invite and maximize participation in this initiative. The ICC unanimously believes that intercultural competence is essential to maintaining and augmenting excellence at these two institutions.

The committee met for an all day planning retreat. At the end of the day its members agreed to begin to address the challenges listed above in conversation with members from the following areas:

1. Academic Affairs
2. Student Development
3. Human Resources
4. Food Service