Social Justice and Equity

Viterbo University has centered diversity and inclusion in its values, mission, and practice.  We believe that for a university community to thrive, it must be diverse and inclusive of identities, experiences, and ideas. We also understand that social justice and equity must first be present for diversity and inclusion to exist and flourish. 

It is important for us to define what social justice and equity mean to us: 

Social Justice: Providing equitable systems and structures to support employees and students while centering human rights and recognizing the dignity of every human being.  

Equity: Implementing systems and structures that provide access, opportunity, and advancement in a manner that is just and equitable for all Viterbo employees and students. Equity acknowledges the differences between identities and experiences and works to eliminate barriers to meet diverse needs.  


Social Justice and Equity at Viterbo

International and Intercultural Student Success

Viterbo University and International and Intercultural Student Success acknowledge the need to center student identity and experience in enhancing holistic education and development. Founded within our Franciscan identity we uphold hospitality and respect for human dignity.  Through our values, we strive to be an institution of higher learning that centers social justice and equity. In order to do so, the department of International and Intercultural Student Success serve:  

International students – by providing a welcoming orientation experience to Viterbo University, being a consistent resource of support and guidance, and a space to be authentically you!  

Intercultural students – by providing individuals the opportunity to be validated in your identity and experiences, provide a space that challenges norms, to listen and create action, and a space to be authentically you!  

All students, staff, and faculty- by providing opportunities and space to reflect on your identity and experiences, provide a broadened world-view and perspective, challenge norms to create a more socially just and equitable world, and a space to be authentically you! 


Viterbo Social Justice and Equity Committee

Mission: to foster a welcoming learning environment for students, faculty, and staff who bring varied human characteristics, backgrounds, interests, and perspectives that serve to enrich the Viterbo community. Respect, support, acceptance, and advocacy are pillars of our mission.