Diversity & Inclusiveness

At Assumption, our Catholic and Augustinian roots facilitate, in a unique way, the development of a community that reflects the richness of our diverse world.

“Assumption University is fully committed to inclusivity and diversity that welcomes every member and prospective member of the University community for who they are: a person ‘created in the image of the one God.’  More than a commitment, it is a priority. It is both a moral imperative for a Catholic institution and an institutional imperative.” Assumption University President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D.

Statement on Diversity & Inclusiveness

The Catholic Church teaches that all individuals are to be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or faith. Any malice in speech or in action is to be condemned. Assumption University fervently embraces these principles.  

We seek to nurture and are deeply committed to a community, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, in which the human dignity of every member of the University is protected, promoted and celebrated. Assumption provides the means through which each member of our community is welcome to contribute to the vitality of the whole, a contribution that is valued, as is each individual.

At Assumption, our Catholic and Augustinian roots facilitate, in a unique way, the development of a community that reflects and respects the richness of our diverse world. In the Confessions, St. Augustine reminds us of the Biblical teaching that all people are created in the image and likeness of God, the foundation for the Catholic tradition’s respect for the inherent dignity of all human beings. This respect is at the heart of who we are at Assumption University.

The Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the sponsoring religious order of the University, once wrote, We must love truth. We must love those to whom we communicate the truth. And we must love the various means whereby truth is communicated. When our hearts are aflame with this fire of love, our students will feel it, and they will come to catch fire as well.

As they pursue truth in the journey towards a degree, students become a member of a close-knit community that is founded on mutual respect and in which the members support one another. Assumption University is defined by such and the campus community is enlivened by the unique contributions of individuals from different backgrounds and beliefs. This is the foundation of our community: one built upon love and respect. Recognizing that each individual is made in the image of God, all are embraced and welcomed here regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or faith.
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Opportunities to Celebrate and Promote Diversity at Assumption

Promoting Diversity, Inclusiveness at Assumption


Cross-Cultural Center

The Cross-Cultural Center provides an inclusive and safe space on campus for students to learn about other cultures and well as themselves. The Center works with groups throughout the campus community to promote understanding and hosts a number of events to celebrate the University's diversity and the contributions all members of the community make to campus life at Assumption University.

Cross-Cultural Center

What We Believe

We believe that all individuals are made in the image and likeness of God and deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of race or sexual orientation. Through AU Allies, a student club for LGBTQAI+ individuals, a campus environment is cultivated that acknowledges and respects the human dignity of all persons, with special concern for members of the LGBTQIA+ community at Assumption. 


International Student Success Center (ISSC)

As an international student at Assumption, you will receive personalized academic, social, and immigration support services from our Coordinator for International Students Success.   

  • Work with an advisor that understands the unique needs of our international students  
  • Attend extra-curricular programming throughout the year planned in conjunction with various groups on campus  
  • Get assistance with applying for off-campus employment as part of CPT (curricular practical training) or OPT (optional practical training)
Learn more about the Center

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the University pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.

Our Mission