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Dominican University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
7900 Division St
River Forest, Illinois 60305
(708) 366-2490
Email address
School Information
"Our Mission: As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world." The university enrolls over 3,100 students, has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, and has over 50 undergraduate degree programs and 18 masters degree programs. (Source: (Source:
General Information
In partnership with Concordia University and the Village of River Forest, Dominican University has adopted the framework of Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT). This partnership will aim to start anti-racist initiatives in the River Forest community. As part of this, the university has observed its fifth annual National Day of Racial Reckoning. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In 2023, the university held many diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops including: "Navigating Injustice: A Closer Look at Race, Faith, & Mental Health," Mission and DEI Integration: a Catholic Approach," and "Our Future is Now: Recruiting and Admitting Latino/a Students."
  • The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center host "White Accountability Groups" which is described as follows: "White Accountability Groups are for people who identify as white and/or have white skin privilege to explore how to recognize whiteness and white privilege, identify and interrupt internalized dominance, and collectively develop strategies for liberation and change." The group meets every semester for six sessions.
Disciplinary Measures
  • DU provides a bias reporting form titled, "Title IX/Sexual Misconduct and One Process Bias Reporting Form."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion at DU develops "innovative grant-funded projects in support of Dominican University’s Strategic Plan for Diversity."
  • The Rebecca Crown Library created a guide to help students "Find resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement."
  • The Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion at DU "Work[s] collaboratively to ensure that all bias related behavior based on race, gender, sex, sexual identities/orientations, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, nationality and immigration status is challenged and extinguished."
  • The Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion at DU supports "staff initiatives that promote cultural competency" and that "equip faculty for inclusive teaching and holistic advising."
  • The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation 2022-23 Action Plan (Draft) states that one of its goals is to "identify and raise awareness of how white supremacy culture operates at Dominican University and work towards disrupting it."
  • The Center for Cultural Liberation at DU "exists to retain, support, and celebrate students from historically marginalized backgrounds." The Center "upholds the longstanding social justice values of Dominican University."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Dean of the College of Applied Social Science said, "there is no room in our programs and the professions we serve for passive anti-racism. The work that we do in the College and the professions that we develop students for has direct impact on relieving the oppression of minoritized groups..."
  • The "vision" of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center states the following: "The Dominican Community will resist white supremacy and challenge racist ideas, policies, and practices without rancor or recrimination. Through dynamic and ongoing partnerships with the communities we serve, Dominican will empower students, faculty, staff, and members of our communities to eliminate racial and ethnic bias and heal from their harmful, long-lasting effects."
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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