An SJU student shares her story about stigmas and belonging.
A silent yet persistent problem facing colleges and universities is that a significant number of students, faculty, and staff—especially those in underrepresented groups—feel as if they don’t belong. The results are devastatingly consistent: anger at the institution, isolation from peers, disinterest in work, and, sometimes, loneliness to the point of despair. According to Teniell Trolian, PhD, author of "Experiences With Diversity and Students' Satisfaction and Sense of Belonging at Research Universities," "The opportunity is sort of ripe for us to think about: How do we improve the climate for all students?"
That is the goal of this project—to start a conversation about how the Saint Joseph’s University campus climate can be a more welcome, inclusive, and open space. The brave people of the SJU community who have chosen to share their stories with us have done so in an attempt to shine a light on what has been hidden and remind all viewers that anybody could be struggling, regardless of academic major, age, background, or identity. Our hope is that these stories will make an impact on those who choose to hear to them, and that those people will be open to others on campus and go on to either share their own stories. Start listening. #StartTalkingSJU
An SJU athlete alum discusses his experience with racism on campus.
SJU student discusses finding a place after transferring.
An SJU student shares her experience with isolation and belonging.
SJU ’18 Alum speaks on her experience as part of the LGBTQ community.
SJU student talks about her experience with mental health on campus.
SJU student talks about diversity and identity on campus.
Sophomore shares about his experience with a cultural misconception.
An international student opens up about belonging.
Senior at Saint Joe’s talks about how his political party has affected him.
Staff member talks about here experience of belonging at Saint Joe’s.
An SJU student narrates another student’s perspective on cultural stigmas.
SJU senior reads a junior’s story about experiencing anxiety.
SJU student shares experience with belonging.
SJU Senior talks about inclusion and diversity on campus.
SJU Senior student shares experience with multi-culture belonging.
Current student narrates a former student’s experiences of belonging.