Our Community

As a highly selective, Jesuit, undergraduate, liberal arts college, we are unique in higher education. The community of Holy Cross is bonded by a sense of purpose: providing a demanding and transformative educational experience for students.

We Pursue Excellence

Holy Cross employees more than 1,000 full-time and part-time employees, including Jesuits, faculty members, administrators and hourly staff members. Our mission to “pursue excellence in teaching, learning and research” commits us to recruiting, retaining, and fostering the development of faculty and staff who approach “basic human questions” from a rich variety of perspectives. Indeed, faculty and staff are frequently invited to dialogue about basic human questions embodied in the mission statement.

We Are Champions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are woven throughout the fabric of the College mission, and are paramount in all aspects of the community. We seek to nurture a diverse, engaged, social and intellectual community, marked by openness, respect and love.

Learn more about the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We Are Good Neighbors

Much like our students, members of our faculty and staff are actively engaged and make meaningful contributions to the life of the city of Worcester through a variety of civic and service initiatives. More than just an ideal, the Jesuit call to be “men and women for and with others” is a continuing commitment made by Holy Cross students, faculty and staff alike.

Learn more about our strong partnership with the city, and ways you can get involved on the Government and Community Relations website.

United Way Day of Caring

Holy Cross staff participate in the annual United Way Day of Caring, a half-day community project held during the fall.

United Way Campaign

Each year, Holy Cross conducts an annual campus campaign on behalf of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Through the generosity of faculty and staff, United Way is able to connect people and resources to help change lives for the better. The campaign takes place at the end of each calendar year.

Employee Recognition 

Claire B. Burns Awards Program to Honor Holy Cross Employees

Each year, the College presents the Claire B. Burns Awards to non-exempt employees of the College, currently working or retired, who in the fulfillment of their responsibilities have demonstrated, fostered, and promoted the spirit of family, which is a treasured characteristic of the Holy Cross community. The awards program was established and endowed in 1997 by Donal J. Burns '49 in honor of his wife, Claire, an alumna of the Class of 1990.

In 2008, The Rev. William J. O'Halloran, S.J. Award was established as part of the program to honor Fr. O'Halloran's long years of service to the College, from 1963-2008; his closeness to non-exempt employees; and his contributions to the Claire B. Burns Employee Award Program. During his tenure with the College, Fr. O'Halloran served as chair of the psychology department, assistant chaplain, rector of the Jesuit Community, trustee, vice president of the College, and special assistant to the president.

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25 Year+ Employee Anniversary

Each year, Holy Cross honors its distinguished employees of 25 years or more of service at a reception.

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Students, faculty, and staff reflect on the power of the Holy Cross mission on Mount St. James and beyond.

Hear about how our employees experience living and working in Worcester.