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University Diversity Statement

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Mount Saint Mary's University is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts university which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for graduate and professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. It is nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders.

Mount Saint Mary's University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence stems from our CSJ heritage, Catholic identity, mission and values. We are compelled to always move toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.  We are committed to diversity in all its possible forms with emphasis on the importance of human rights, equity, fairness, inclusiveness and diversity in the broadest sense including differences in gender, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability.   Mount Saint Mary’s University strives to be a place where all people feel welcome.  Engaging with others from a variety of different backgrounds improves and enriches our learning, living and working environments.

The Mount honors and remains steeped in the tradition and legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and continues to work for social justice and human rights. Ultimately, we work to educate our students to be informed, empowered, responsible and capable of negotiating the inevitable differences in a diverse society. We value the educational benefits of diversity, inclusion and equity for all of our students.