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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We honor our commitment to Inclusive Excellence by striving to ensure that every member of our community has a sense of belonging.

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is committed to building a campus environment that values and respects every person, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual preference, cultural background, religion, nationality or beliefs. In keeping with Mount St. Joseph University's mission to "embrace diversity of cultures and beliefs," we seek to ensure a positive, supportive climate in which all feel welcome.

Many of the events and services we provide not only benefit the Mount's culturally diverse students, but the entire Mount community, by promoting diversity awareness, enriching the educational experience, and enhancing the quality of student life.

Scholarship Opportunities

Positive change doesn’t just happen, it’s up to us. We are creating scholarship programs and communities that are intentionally designed to bring diverse groups of students together through academics, involvement, leadership, and service—enabling you to make an impact.

Lions 1st Scholars Community 

  • This program is designed to provide a supportive and welcoming community for first-generation college students at the Mount. Lions 1st Scholars will be eligible for a $1,000 award. Apply at Lions 1st Scholars Application.

MOSAIC Scholars Program

  • Coming Fall 2023, this program invites high-achieving students to commit to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. MOSAIC Scholars will be eligible for a renewable and stackable $2,500 scholarship. Apply at MOSAIC Application.

Anthony Munoz Foundation Impact Scholarship Program

  • In collaboration with Mount St. Joseph University, selected students will receive a $10,000 scholarship (provided $2,500 annually). The scholarship is stackable with the foundation's $20,000 AMF Scholarship Fund (provided $5,000 annually). Learn more about how to apply on the 2023 Mount St. Joseph University+AMF Scholarship Application.
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You Belong at the Mount

Melissa Duke`21, Criminology Major

Favorite thing about the Mount: "We have a MOSAIC Center that welcomes students of all backgrounds. Seeing it come together makes all of the hard work that went into creating it worth it."

What Inclusive Excellence Means to the Mount


The Mount's Definition of Diversity

In our effort to fulfill our institution's mission, we recognize that diversity extends beyond race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, ability, and any other protected or non-protected class or identifier that makes us unique in our own rights. At the Mount, diversity also means maintaining an environment where the exploration of our differences and the ability for one to engage in meaningful dialogue is not only encouraged, but expected.

Celebrating Uniqueness

Get a glimpse into the Mount's supportive culture where students and MSJ graduates from all backgrounds share their experiences that have helped them achieve success: Celebrating Uniqueness: People of Mount St. Joseph University


DEI Strategic Action Plan

View our Inclusive by Design: Strategic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Action Plan here.


The Mount's Definition of Inclusion

In the spirit of our founders, the Sisters of Charity, we strive to ensure that every member of our community has a sense of belonging and that Mount remains dedicated to maintaining a climate that promotes the success of all. 


The Mount's Definition of Equity

In our efforts to embrace excellence in academic endeavors and the integration of life and learning, we acknowledge that there exist disadvantages and barriers for some individuals and groups over others. At Mount St. Joseph University, educations equity is fundamental.


Veteran Student Services

At Mount St. Joseph University, we are proud to support our Veterans and the valuable perspectives they bring to the community. View the Veteran Students page here for Veteran resources and benefits.


Affinity Student Groups

  • Black Student Union
  • Hispanic LatinX Student Union
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • First to Go and Graduate Student Organization
  • Helping all Veterans in Communities (HAVIC)


First Generation Student Success