by Mike Knaak
The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University recently received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives focused on inclusive pedagogy and community building.
The goal for “Becoming Community” is to teach and enable CSB and SJU faculty, staff and students to become agents of change by preparing them to dismantle oppression rather than simply learning about oppression.
“At the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, we remain steadfast in our mission to ensure every student we serve, and every person who works here, is fully included in defining our community: to have a voice, to be treated with respect; to be valued; to be transformed as they transform us,” said Mary Dana Hinton, CSB president, in a press release.
The program has several goals including the following:
• move beyond awareness to become an inclusive community;
• dismantle programs that support exclusion;
• recruit, hire and support under-represented faculty;
• create an equitable future for the region; and
• share what’s learned with others in higher education.