Commitments and Initiatives

Divisional Commitments

The Student Affairs Division is committed to fostering an environment for Gonzaga University students to learn and develop into their best selves. This is achieved by focusing on three elements, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Experiential Education, and Well-being and Flourishing.

The Resolution Center is dedicated to these priorities in the work we do for and with students.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Aware of our place and responsibility in an increasingly interconnected world, we walk in solidarity with others, embracing the value and dignity of every member of our community. As Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J. affirms, Jesuit higher education “involves recognizing diversity as a constitutive dimension of a full human life.”   

International Student Services

The Resolution Center is adjusting international student procedures and communication to include identification of status in software data feed, provide supplemental resources about matriculation through the conduct process, and/or coordinate accommodations and/or language translation needs. In addition, establish ongoing, dynamic relationships with CGE staff advisors to connect international students with persons who can assist in navigation of the process.

Restorative Justice Processes

A Repairing Harm Conference which occurred during 2020-2021 highlighted gaps in implementation processes for incidents involving bias. The Resolution Center identified and is acting on the following items to respond to such incidents and minimize the potential for additional/unresolved harm more appropriately.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

Outcomes Status
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity:
Implicit Bias Training Modules and Reflection/Debrief Session
Green River Solutions: 5-part Webinar Series on Bias in Processes Completed
ASCA Gehring Institute: Restorative Justice Completed

Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Training Series:

  • Hate Crimes and Restorative Justice-Broadening the Menu of Services
  • Strengths and Limits of Circles and Conferences
  • How to Give an Apology: Learning Lab
Program Planning and Consultation
Outcomes Status

Carrie Landrum at University of Michigan

  • Dispute resolution
  • Peacebuilding
  • Trauma healing
  • Unconscious bias
  • Social Justice Education Specialist 
  • Center for Restorative Justice
  • Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Colleges
  • David R. Karp, PhD

Participation Agreement

  • Clarify expectations
  • Confidentiality of information
  • Good faith guidelines 

Pre-Conferencing with Affected Parties

  • Assess needs
  • Adequate support
  • Alternative ways to address impact
  • Include other campus partners regarding additional reconciliation options. 

Pre-Conferencing with Responding Parties

  • Assess for readiness/appropriateness (good faith, healing-focused) 

Alternative participation

  • Impact statements
  • Community Commitment Circle as conduct process
  • Reconciliation and Impact (harmed parties only) 

Safety gaps in facilitator script

  • Clearer expectations about good faith/when to stop process
  • When to refer for conduct process resolution 
Evaluations, Feedback, and Debrief Forms
Outcomes Status
Develop Qualtrics surveys for harmed parties and affected community members   Completed
Responding party survey: more adequately address harm caused Completed

Social Identities and Mentoring Resources

Outcomes Status
Expand diversity and social identity representation in Magis Mentors Completed
Update training for Magis Mentors Completed
Increase visibility of Magis Mentors with new webspace Completed

Facilitation Pool

Outcomes Status
Identify and train GU community members with diverse identities In Progress
Establish pool of external facilities available on an as-needed basis In Progress

University Communications for Incidents of Harm

Outcomes Status

Provide recommendations to University leadership regarding consistency of messaging

Include student feedback in messaging

In Progress

Experiential Education

The ideal of a personal transformation requires a rigorous education to prepare students to become ethical and compassionate leaders who will infuse society with faith and justice, informed by knowledge. For personal transformation to be effective, academic, moral and spiritual, experience must be integrated with and enhanced by learning outside the classroom.

Coming Soon

Wellbeing and Flourishing

The Jesuit hallmark of Cura Personalis, or care for the whole person, describes the respect and attunement we demonstrate to each student’s mind, body, spirit, and heart.

Coming Soon