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The Mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters and helps create a sustainable university-wide culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement as essential  values aligned with the Felician Franciscan mission and heritage.  The Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the Felician Franciscan mission and heritage by delivering programs that promote and celebrate the oneness of humankind, by encouraging student organizations to form alliances with each other and by empowering students to become culturally responsive.

Our goals are to enhance student engagement, promote an appreciation of diversity, inclusion and respect for persons of all cultures, races, backgrounds, beliefs and experiences, prepare students who will advance as industry-ready members in a multicultural workforce that engage in service for the common good and prepare students for a career in an inclusive global economy. 

Our Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Madonna University lives out its Catholic and Franciscan mission and values by creating and maintaining an environment where all persons are treated with understanding and respect. The University regards diversity and inclusion as guiding principles. Diversity calls upon individuals to know how to relate to qualities, conditions, and identities that are different from their own and from the groups to which they belong. Members of the University community are expected to respect others inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, cognitive abilities, family status, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and/or religious tradition.

The University community guarantees the freedom of individuals to explore their evolving self- identity in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. The University ensures that all persons can participate in and have access to the everyday life of the institution. This deepens the understanding and appreciation of the individuality and circumstances of everyone. Inclusion is essential for the creation of a welcoming environment that promotes respect, hospitality, peace, and justice. At Madonna University, the commitment to diversity and inclusion emanates from the Franciscan values of respect for the dignity of each person, concern for the disadvantaged and oppressed, and reverence for life. In concert with Ex Corde Ecclesiae and Catholic Social Teaching, we maintain that all faiths and all people are welcome here. 

Hispanic Heritage Month

The idea for Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated throughout the latter half of September and the first half of October, began as a way to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans — specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Communities mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

The idea for Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated throughout the latter half of September and the first half of October, began as a way to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans — specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Communities mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.

Two heavily Latinx and Hispanic populated areas, the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles, were represented by Brown. His aim was to recognize the integral roles of these communities in American history. Observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law via approval of Public Law 100-402 on August 17, 1988.

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Hispanic Heritage Recipes

Recipe Booklet for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Guest Speaker Bishop Don Hanchon 

Event will be Tuesday, September 26th from 1 – 2 PM

Bishop Hanchon, is a Trustee on the Madonna University Board.  

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron ordained the Most Rev. Donald F. Hanchon auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 5, 2011. Bishop Hanchon had served as pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in southwest Detroit since 1999.

Bishop Hanchon, born in Jackson, Mich., was ordained a priest in Detroit on Oct. 19, 1974. He studied Hispanic culture in Mexico and San Antonio during the 1980s. Since that time, Bishop Hanchon has served as pastor of a number of parishes in Detroit’s Hispanic community.

In September 2009, Bishop Hanchon was named episcopal vicar and regional moderator of the Central Region, which includes Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

  • Born: Oct. 9, 1947 (Jackson, Michigan)
  • Ordained Priest: Oct. 19, 1974
  • Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Titular Bishop of Orreomargo: March 22, 2011
  • Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: May 5, 2011
  • Retired: March 3, 2023

We have invited Bishop Hanchon to speak to us about his work in Hispanic Ministry and to share about the Church’s commitment to Immigrants and migrants and ways the Madonna University community can support this population.

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