As a Catholic Lasallian institution, CBU is dedicated to calling “its members to an awareness of the poor and victims of injustice.” This dedication asks of us that we respond to the needs of our communities “through programs of community service, advocacy, and justice education.” We are dedicated to social justice and the creation of inclusive communities as an integral part of respecting the dignity of all persons. We also consider social justice to be integral to building united communities, “where diversity is respected, where no one is left out, and where everyone finds a place.”
The well-being of God’s all-encompassing creation – the world and all of its inhabitants – is of great concern. CBU values and promotes inquiry into, action for and education about respecting the dignity of all persons in every area of university life and operation.
When you graduate from Christian Brothers University you will be asked to take the following Lasallian Graduation Pledge: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social justice and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work. I will further the Lasallian tradition by continuing to learn and by serving others to build better communities and a better society." At its core, the pledge asks you to place the common interest over the private, environment over profit, community over self, and justice over inequity.
Social Justice Committee
The Social Justice Committee of CBU is a presidential commission whose work began in early 2020. Our mission is to identify social justice problems on campus and in the community, articulate our relevant responsibilities, then to create and enact programs, partnerships, and policies that address those problems.
Affirming the dignity of all human beings and working in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, our goals are to:
- advise the president of the university,
- articulate and meet our social responsibilities in the service of transforming individuals and communities,
- enact programming on campus,
- secure funding for initiatives that further social justice,
- create educational initiatives that bring social justice into our classrooms,
- foster partnerships between CBU and community-based social justice organizations, and
- propose policies that advance inclusivity.