Join Rebecca Mattis-Pinard, MMC’s Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, for a summer webinar series that will focus on important issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We hope to “see” you there! Read below for more information about the series and to register.
BROWN faces, rainbow spaces: enduring invisibility in visible movements
Took place Tuesday, June 23
The current movement to address police brutality in Black communities has coincided with the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The experiences of Black and Brown LGBTQ individuals in each of these movements have often been neglected or erased. Join us for a conversation about the fight for Black and Brown visibility in the LGBTQ rights movement and the connection to over policing of Black and Brown LGBTQ individuals. Share stories from your time as MMC students and help us in honoring the experiences of our Black and Brown LGBTQ alumni.
fIRST GENERATION TO FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONAL: PRIDE AND PRESSURE IN LEADING
Took place Tuesday, July 21
The challenges that first generation college students face are similar to what is experienced upon entering the professional world. Join us to learn strategies from First Generation Alumni about how they navigated professional industries as the first in their family to do so.
bLACK aUGUST: WHAT RESISTANCE AND SURVIVAL LOOK LIKE FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY
Tuesday, August 18 at 6:00-7:00 pm
Black August commemorates the Black Freedom Struggle that has been the model for other social justice movements. During this webinar, learn about socio-political climate that resulted in the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on the Black community. Strategies for community building and self-care specific to the needs of Black MMC Alumni will be addressed.
About the host: Rebecca Mattis-Pinard
Rebecca Mattis-Pinard is Marymount Manhattan College’s Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In this dual role, Mattis-Pinard is responsible for providing a vision and direction for college-wide efforts to advance MMC’s educational mission through diversity and inclusion and to promote an institutional culture that encourages a welcoming, safe climate for every member of our community. She is also responsible for coordinating and monitoring MMC’s compliance with Title IX, thereby helping to ensure equal access and a safe environment for all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of sex.
Mattis-Pinard has focused on equity and social justice for over a decade—as a higher education leader, faculty member, and student advisor. In her time as HEOP Director at MMC, Mattis-Pinard showed her deep commitment to supporting and directly addressing the challenges facing underrepresented students in higher education, giving them the tools and motivation to succeed. Her noteworthy accomplishments at MMC include the establishment of the college’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, the development of a First Generation Student program, and implementing engaging learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff centered on anti-oppression.
A native of Queens, NY, Mattis-Pinard is the child of Haitian immigrants and was a first-generation college student herself. She is an alumna of Teachers College of Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, where she was also the founding member of the college’s LGBTQ Alumni Network.