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Catholic Identity

Clarke University is a Catholic liberal arts university founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in Dubuque, Iowa.

CLARKE UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES STATEMENT

Clarke University is a learning community that lives by four core values:  Education, Charity, Justice, and Freedom. These values emanate from our founder Mary Frances Clarke, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and those who follow their example to provide learning experiences that are relevant and forward looking.

EDUCATION:
As a community seeking wisdom, we help all to appreciate learning opportunities that enable persons to reach their full potential.

CHARITY:
As a community seeking to welcome all, we contribute to the well-being of others and the common good.

JUSTICE:
As a community standing with others, we strive to create a society that recognizes the dignity, equality and rights of all people and to respond faithfully to one another.

FREEDOM:
As a community seeking to live authentic lives, we invite all to be open to God’s love and to be true to their best selves.