As a small liberal arts college in one of the most diverse cities in the world, Marymount Manhattan College recognizes that promoting diversity and inclusion is integral in higher education. Inherent in the mission of our college is the goal of educating a socially and economically diverse student body. As we become increasingly diverse as a nation, so will higher education institutions. We must be prepared to support the shift in demographics among our student body and the workforce who will be guiding them. As we envision a college that is accessible and a community for all, it is imperative to develop and implement equitable practices in order to achieve this.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is highlighted in Marymount Manhattan’s Strategic Plan, Contemporary and Compelling: Envisioning MMC’s Future, requires us to create a path that achieves specific goals and develops measurable outcomes. As we work towards our vision of being the nation’s premier destination for students seeking a contemporary and compelling small-college experience in the heart of New York City, developing a common purpose and commitment to equitable practices is imperative for it to be fulfilled. We must be intentional in our approach in developing a college where all members feel welcome, valued and respected. The strategic plan will build out a framework with priorities for the college to implement within a 5 year time frame that will make MMC more fully diverse and inclusive.
The vision and ultimately implementation of this plan calls on the participation of all areas of the college. Over the next year, we will provide collaborative opportunities aimed at developing shared goals and strategies to fulfill them. Members of the college community were invited to participate in Community Conversations which were held on Tuesday November 27th and Wednesday November 28th. This time was used to receive input in the process of developing a strategic plan based on community responses. If you did not have a chance to participate in the Community Conversations, you can still share your thoughts at the link below!
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Planning Team was formed in September 2018. The team is made up of students, faculty and administrators. They include:
- Brenelle Braganza, ’19, Student
- Bree Bullingham, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
- Desiree Sholes, Executive Coordinator, Office of the President
- Jill Stevenson, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and President of the Faculty Council
- Michael Salmon, Dean of Advisement and Student Retention
- Rebecca Mattis-Pinard, Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator
- Romello Rodriguez ’19, Student
- Sarah Nelson-Wright, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts