LMU and Place Series: "Diversity and Difference at the Catholic University"
February 21, 2018
St. Robert's AuditoriumLoyola Marymount University1 LMU DriveLos Angeles, CA 90045
Universities thrive in an environment of diverse perspectives and views, and Catholic universities increasingly reflect the full diversity of contemporary American society: religious, ethnic, national, gender, and otherwise. However, as Catholic universities embrace this diversity, they must navigate an environment in which there are often declining percentages of faculty, staff, and students with strong background connections to Catholicism and the Catholic intellectual traditions. How do Catholic universities navigate the interplay between institutional identity and pluralistic demographics? This panel reflects on the opportunities and challenges facing Catholic institutions with respect to diversity.
About the series:
During the spring 2018 semester, ACTI will take up several topics that are of particular relevance to LMU in its particular physical, historical, and societal location. The "LMU and Place" series asks participants to consider the challenges and opportunities that face us in virtue of our placement here and now, including the necessity of grappling with contested and problematic historical legacies; the ethnically and religiously diverse, and largely immigrant, context of Southern California; and the interplay between LMU's institutional Catholic and Jesuit identity and the increasingly pluralistic demographics of its faculty, staff, and students. Other "LMU and Place" events: "Coming to Terms with the Past" and "A Conversation with Archbishop Gomez."