The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement helps SLU forge stronger bonds of common human purpose and shared values across the distinctions of race, class, gender, sexual identity and faith.
The office’s areas of responsibility include the Cross Cultural Center, the Center for Global Citizenship, a Diversity Speaker Series and the annual MLK Tribute. The office also oversees our fulfillment of the Clock Tower Accords, which commit us to actively strengthen diversity, inclusion and equity on our campuses.
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement also underwrites travel and registration fees for students and faculty to attend conferences that promote diversity, inclusion and racial justice.
Jonathan Smith, Ph.D., is the vice president for diversity and community engagement at SLU. Among his priorities are providing leadership on the Clock Tower Accords; offering support to the President's Diversity Council; reaching out across campus to define University diversity goals; and developing strategies and assessment plans that are specific to diversity and inclusion. The Cross Cultural Center (CCC) and Center for Global Citizenship (CGC) also fall under his leadership.
Smith has been a fierce advocate for programming that promotes cultural competency, literacy and fluency; racial, gender and cultural support; and connecting SLU to the greater St. Louis community. He maintains regular engagement with students and with faculty — in groups and one-on-one meetings.
Smith has been a distinguished faculty member at SLU since 2002, serving as assistant professor and community liaison in the African American Studies Program. He has been involved in supporting a variety of social justice initiatives at the University, including co-convening the Strategic Plan Topical Working Group on Social Justice and Responsibility, serving on the advisory board of Micah House and working periodically with the Access and Success Group.