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Justice Starts Here


The Offices of Housing and Residence Life affirm and celebrate the dignity of all people. By entering into this community you agree to actively, intentionally, and continuously engage each member and guest in discussion and celebration of both our incredible differences and unifying commonalities. We welcome you in joining us to meet our goal of creating a community where Justice Starts Here – in your home!

Celebrating the Dignity of All People

The Offices of Housing and Residence Life recognize that the University community comprises individuals who represent diversity on many levels and celebrates this diversity, which includes, but is not limited to: thought, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, ability, medical condition, religion, belief system, culture, ancestry, nationality, military/veteran status, marital status, and body image. 

LISTEN: to the stories of others.  In the spirit of Magis, the more, we seek not only tolerance for each other's unique identities, but a greater understanding and holistic acceptance. By entering into this community, you are agreeing that you and your guests are equally accountable to each other for the words and actions that take place within these community walls. We will strive to create a community where listening takes priority in conversation. From listening will come understanding, positive and educational dialogue, and appreciation.  

SPEAK: find your voice and be a voice for others.  By entering our community we empower you to respectfully confront and report instances of intolerance, injustice, and hate. We ask that you be open to being challenged on your own words, actions, and inactions with humility and that you understand that our intentions can be very different than our impact. We hope that through sustained dialogue our community can restore broken relationships and find opportunities for healing and growth.

ACT:  take personal responsibility for yourself, others, and this community.  We embrace the philosophy that all persons who are marginalized, ridiculed, and demeaned in our community for their identities—visible and invisible—are entitled to a safe space in our home. It is the responsibility of each member of the Santa Clara University's Housing and Residence Life community to create this safe space for all. We strive for an atmosphere of inclusion and unity within our community at all times. We will not tolerate hateful talk or actions that make people feel unsafe in our community.  

Justice Starts Here

Listen: to the stories of others 

Speak: find your voice and be a voice for others 

Act: take personal responsibility for yourself, others, and this community