Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
The Benedictine University PEACE (Promoting Empowerment and Community Engagement) Team is a team of faculty, staff, and students from across the
university that continue to invest their time in preventing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The team
works together to implement policies and programs in the areas of comprehensive violence prevention, conduct and response to incidents of violence, law
enforcement, and coordinating victims services with the assistance of community partners. In addition members of our University community, the team also
includes staff from our community partners, including our confidential advisor, the YWCA, and the Lisle Police Department. We continue to add new
community partners to offer options for our faculty, staff, and students to receive the best information and services available.
The PEACE team works to bring areas across campus together to promote a culture of violence prevention under the Benedictine University values of:
“We stand as a community not only against violence, but for the Benedictine Hallmarks of stability and hospitality, which call us to create a safe, peaceful, and welcoming space where all may realize their full academic success.“
—Elizabeth Kubeck, Former Faculty
Language and Literature
“We value each of our student athletes tremendously. Our goal is that we are developing mature and confident men and women who understand that violence has no place in their lives - whether it's on the court or field nor in their interpersonal relationships.”
Appreciation for Community
“Students participate in community as active members; appreciate the tradition and heritage of Benedictine; and contribute to the common good through purposeful action. Violence prevention is taken very seriously because each member of our community serves a unique purpose in the Benedictine community.”
“The Benedictine Hallmark of conversatio calls us to continuingly better ourselves. We recognize the ways we are called to honor the dignity of ourselves and the dignity of others.”
“A life lived in balance consists of study, work, leisure and prayer. When these components are in balance, eliminated is the need for violence.”
“Leadership nurtures appropriate social and emotional behaviors by providing students with the communication and conflict resolution skills necessary for modern life. Learning these techniques uses an approach that engages, informs, and empowers student to step up and prevent violence.”
—Joan Henehan, former staff
Student Engagement and Leadership Development