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Diversity

A diverse, welcoming community where everyone belongs

St. Francis College is committed to maintaining a diverse, welcoming community where everyone belongs.

SFC continues to increase access and equity for historically underserved students, faculty and staff, to improve campus climate for all members of the campus community and to infuse inclusive excellence initiatives into the curriculum and co-curriculum. We commit to redoubling our efforts to be a caring Franciscan community, to be upstanders for safety, security, inclusion, and justice. Moreover, we commit to unlearning our biases, to end daily expressions of discrimination - big and small, overt and subtle. We commit to lifelong learning and action.

Aligned with our Franciscan mission, when a young person graduates from St. Francis College, they should not only have achieved academic milestones, but have seen holistic growth as a human, understanding how to lift up oneself as well as those who have additional barriers in their path. Our students must also be prepared to break down these barriers for anyone who comes after and challenge our leaders who refuse to correct these societal failures.

SFC must be a space for diverse thought exchange where every student, especially our Black and Brown students, knows they are valued and welcome. Without this, our education falls short of its goal, and falls short of our commitment to each and every Terrier.

Lifting Every Voice, we need to sing proudly that although we are a small College, we have the capacity to imagine and most importantly, to create a community where all our brothers and sisters have an opportunity to live a dignified life. All members of the St. Francis College community take seriously the command to “love our neighbor,” and it is not something that we only espouse, it is something we are prepared to enact.

To that end, we aspire to ensure that all members of our community:

  1. Denounce racism, bigotry, harassment and discrimination
  2. Affirm the dignity of every person
  3. Celebrate, honor and respect difference
  4. Challenge the nexus of power and privilege that create barriers to equitable participation at St. Francis College and society more broadly

Student and Community Expectations

St. Francis College is actively considering the action-steps necessary to enact a diverse learning environment in a way that promotes dialogues and ensures all members of the community feel they belong (even as we grapple together with appreciating difference).

We will focus on continuing to increase access and equity for historically underserved students, faculty and staff, to work to improve campus climate for all members of the campus community and to infuse inclusive excellence initiatives into the curriculum and co-curriculum. Our efforts will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Arts and Culture

Going to school at St. Francis College puts you just minutes away from one of the top Egyptian Art collections in the world, stunning flora and fauna, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and much, much more.

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music – The Brooklyn Academy of Music is noted for presenting world class performances of opera, theater and dance, as well as movie theaters showing everything from box office hits to Sundance Film Festival entries.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden – The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 52-acre living museum where beauty, romance and fun blossom among world-class plant collections and specialty gardens.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society – The Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library and educational center dedicated to encouraging the exploration and appreciation of Brooklyn's rich heritage. Students get free admission with SFC ID.
  • Brooklyn Library – It is the mission of Brooklyn Public Library to ensure the preservation and transmission of society's knowledge, history and culture, and to provide the people of Brooklyn with free and open access to information for education, recreation and reference.
  • Brooklyn Museum – The Brooklyn Museum is a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. You'll find everything from a world class permanent collection of Egyptian Art to contemporary exhibits on pop culture.
  • Grand Army Plaza – The enormous entryway at Grand Army Plaza stands as a stately opening to Brooklyn's famous Prospect Park.
  • Prospect Park – Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park, this 585 acre oasis features a lake, audubon center and zoo.
  • Rubin Museum of Art – A short subway ride into Manhattan will take you to the Rubin Museum and a world class collection of international art and culture. Students get free admission with SFC ID.

Restaurants

In Brooklyn Heights, a stroll down Montague Street or up Court Street will take you on an international tour of restaurants and cafes. If you're looking for fine dining, a quick lunch or just a place to watch sports, you'll find it literally steps away from St. Francis College.

Armando Ristorante

Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner.
143 Montague Street

Caffé buon gusto

Reasonably priced lunch and dinners, with outdoor seating.
151 Montague Street

La Bagel Delight

For bagels, muffins, coffee and platters.
90 Court Street

Lassen & Hennigs

Full service deli with soups, sandwiches and desserts.

Monty Q's Brick Oven Pizza

Salad bar, pasta bar and pizza.
158 Montague Street

O'Keefe's Bar & Grill

Lunch & dinner available, full complement of televised sporting events.
62 Court Street

Queen Ristorante

Formal sit-down Italian dining.
84 Court Street

Explore more restaurants in the local area.

Accommodations

There are a variety of places to stay near St. Francis College, from major chains to new boutique hotels. Below is a list of some of the most convenient. Also feel free to search for hotels in Lower Manhattan, just a subway stop away. Enter zip code 11201 into your searches for the closest hotels.

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of human life.”

Pope Francis

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