The Student Development and Activities office hosts a variety of diversity and inclusivity programs throughout the academic year. With speakers, workshops, social, and cultural events, students have ample opportunity to immerse themselves in the college’s rich array of activities. The programs offer enhanced student learning and help students develop their sensitivity as citizens of a global society.
We continue to celebrate annual events like the programs listed below. In addition to heritage programming, the office of Student Development and Activities sponsors events related to current experiences. If you have a programming suggestion please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the calendar, Facebook, and the ‘What’s Happening at MMC’ tab for more events.
Asian American Heritage Month. During the month of May, MMC recognizes the contributions of Asian-Americans to the United States.
Black History Month. During the month of February, MMC recognizes the contributions Black/African-Americans to the United States.
Latin/Latinx Heritage Month. From September 15 to October 15, MMC recognizes the contributions of Latin/Latinx Americans to the US. The x at the end of the word Latin is used in lieu of the ‘o’ to offer a gender inclusive option of Latina or Latino.
Native American Heritage Month. During the month of November, MMC recognizes the contributions Native-American/Indigenous Peoples have made to the United States.
Pride Month. During the month of May, MMC recognizes the contributions of the LGBTQ community to the United States. Typically Pride Month is held in June; however, because MMC is not in session during June, we celebrate Pride Month in May.
Trans Day of Remembrance. On November 20th, MMC recognizes the lives that have been taken due to violence and hatred. Trans Day of Remembrance is a day in which we raise up the spirits and lives of the people murdered for being who they were.
Womxn’s Herstory Month. During the month of March, Marymount Manhattan College recognizes the contributions women have made to the United States.
Learn more about our events:
APIDA Heritage Month Events
Taste of Culture: Vietnam
As part of MMC Week, the Campus Activities Board presents Taste of Culture: Vietnam. Enjoy food, music, and games while celebrating Vietnamese culture.
Enjoy an APIDA inspired meal at the Cafeteria.
Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Come learn about, and practice Chinese Calligraphy from the instructors at the Chinatown Florentine School of the Arts. Sponsored by CAB.
Join the Cultural Peer Mentors on a trip to the Museum of Chinese in America, followed by a dinner in Chinatown!
APIDA Identity and Success in the Workplace
Explore how APIDA identity shows up in how we navigate ideas of leadership and success in the workplace. How does the model minority myth impact professional experiences? Come to this session to learn more about identity and professionalism.
BLSA APIDA Heritage Month Meeting
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Multi-Faith Center CH 412 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
APIDA/ Black/ LatinX
It’s APIDA Heritage Month! Let’s talk about how all three of these cultures intersect and appropriate one another.
Crazy Rich Asian Film Screening
Watch the first major studio film that features an all Asian cast in 25 years!
APIDA Heritage Month
In honor of APIDA Heritage Month, SDA hosted a roundtable discussion on APIDA representation in the media. In partnership with the Theatre Department, we invited Baayork Lee, a recipient of the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Lifetime Achievement Tony Award to speak followed by an audience Q&A.
The Slanted Screen
In honor of Asian-American Heritage Month, Cinemaniacs and SDA screened the documentary The Slanted Screen. Through interviews, voice-over narration, and a fascinating array of film and television clips, The Slanted Screen chronicles depictions of Asian American men and the culture that shapes them. The one-hour documentary presents film and television images from the turn of the century to the turn of the millennium. The Slanted Screen properly situates these images through historical narration, clips and photos.
Inclusion/Exclusion Exhibit Tour
A guided tour of the Chinese Inclusion/Exclusion exhibit was done at the New York Historical Society Museum. Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explored the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and raised the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extended from the late eighteenth century to the present and included all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.
Asian American Heritage Reception
Origami has transformed from artistic paper folding to complex mathematical equations result in beautiful creations. The documentary “Between the Folds” showed us the incredible feats that can be accomplished with just simple sheet of paper, but don’t worry, you are not expected to be as good as these professionals.
Black History Month Events
Black History Month Opening Mixer
Members of the Student Activities Advisory Board (SAAB) welcome the Marymount Manhattan community to their opening mixer in honor of Black History Month, with special guest speaker Carl Lipscombe, a Bronx-born human rights defender and Deputy Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
Annual Drag Show
Campus Activites Board presents MMC’s Third Annual Drag Show! Join us on the fiercest night of the school year to find out who will be crowned MMC’s First Drag Superstar!
Storytelling Across Intersectionality
What does Black mean to you? The oral tradition of storytelling makes it possible for a culture to pass knowledge, history, and experiences. Come join and listen to featured tellers share their story.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Screening
Along with Science Society, Forty Percent, and BLSA, we will be screening The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks followed by a discussion on bioethics.
Mental Health and the Black Community
Discussion led by Dr. Neda Hajizadeh, Director of Counseling and Wellness Center, and guests on mental health and the Black community.
Overcoming Racial Biases in the Hunt for a Job
The Office of Career Services will be facilitating a workshop on overcoming racial biases while on the hunt for a job.
Coils and Curls
Open forum led by Assistant Director of Student and Community Engagement, Zakkiyya Taylor, on natural hair followed by a natural hair product swap.
The Black Experience: A Cultural Showcase
A holistic view of the Black experience through art.
Black Comedy: No Tears, Just Politics
Comedian Grant Cooper performed an original set of politically engaged stand-up comedy. Following the comedy set, there was a presentation and analysis between Mr.Cooper and Dr.Lindsey Swindall about stand-up comedy as a vital space for political discussion.
The event began with a discussion facilitated by Professor Judith Anderson (BMCC) about Black masculinity and how it is shaped/influenced by themes found in the film (sexuality, poverty, violence, role models, drugs, etc.). This will be followed by the film screening.
A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. There were also movie snacks, a discussion about Selma, and what movements and changes are happening today.
ROAR: Exploring Women’s Creative, Healing, and Empowering Response to Violence
To further examine the forms of violence that women have endured, panelists from organizations within our communities explored the impacts violence has had on Black women. They highlighted and expanded upon the ways in which Black women use creative and empowering methods to heal from the violence they experienced throughout their lives.
Latinx Heritage Month Events
LatinX Heritage Month Celebration
We brought in Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who was born and raised in Lower Manhattan by a single mother who emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York and has worked for decades as a civil-servant. There was also a spoken word piece performed by one of our own MMC students as well as appetizers catered by Upper East Side’s Empanada Mama.
Reading Hour - Books by LatinX Authors
The College enjoyed an hour of reading books authored by LatinX writers! Books were available to be taken home.
Gallery viewing of “Latinos Break the Mold” and students shared what being LatinX meant to them.
Promesa Puerto Rico
Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Student Development and Activities, and BLSA, we invited Natasha Lycia, Ora Bannan, and Howard Jordan for a panel discussion on the Statehood, Economic Crisis, and the Future of La Isla del Encanto.
Salsa Dancing and Dinner
For this event, the Black and Latina Student Association and Student Development and Activities teamed up with the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute to bring students a Salsa Dancing workshop complete with a history lesson and free food.
Native American Heritage Month Events
Museum Tour of the National Museum of the American Indian
Join Museum Ambassador, Rhonda Asher for a 1-hour tour of Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Chartwells Native American Cuisine
Join Chartwells in celebrating Native American Heritage Month! Stop by the cafe all day Monday, November 5, 2018 to try out traditional Native American cuisine.
Smoke Signals Film Screening
Join the Office of Student Development and Activities and Cinemaniacs as they bring you the screening of Smoke Signals.
First United Lenape Nations Pow Wow and Standing Ground Symposium
Join us for a day of Native art, food, dance competitions, and special performances in addition to a symposium that explores Indigenous culture with Inuit (Inuk) experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq and fellow artists, writers, scholars, performers, and community leaders.
Native American Heritage Month Celebration
Students could try traditional Native American fry bread and three sisters salad while learning about Native American two spirits.
National Coming Out Day Roundtable
Students were invited to join GSS (Gender and Sexuality Studies) and SDA (the Office of Student Development and Activities) at the National Coming Out Day roundtable. Here, GSS shared key tips and information on how to support your friends with their decision to come out.
Trans Awareness Week
Students were invited to join GSS and SDA at their information table to pick up advice for trans* people, questioning people, and allies. Additionally, students were welcomed to wear a ribbon for Trans Day of Remembrance.
Trans Day of Remembrance
On this day, we remember and honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.
Womxn’s Herstory Month Events
Becoming SHEroes: Womxn and the Important Role They Play in Society
Join us for the opening reception of Womxn’s Herstory Month! Our keynote speaker is Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal who serves as the Chair of the Committee on Women.
Women in Publishing
During this one-day workshop, you will hear from women leaders across the publishing industry. They will share their experiences in this fast-paced and rapidly changing field. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the day will provide numerous opportunities for informal conversation and networking.
Becoming Visible: International Womxn’s Day
Join Student Development and Activities and the Cultural Peer Mentors as we celebrate incredible womxn all over the world for International Womxn’s Day. Visit our table in the Hewitt Gallery and wear purple for the day in solidarity!
We will be raffling off a book, a tote bag, and a mug to students who visit our table and learn more about International Womxn’s Day!
Becoming A Boss: Womxn, Wages, and Work
From the concrete wall, to the glass ceiling, to the labyrinth… This will be a program that talks about women in the workplace. We will focus on some of the intricacies of the current state of inequity along the gender binary, while learning how to ask for a raise, like a boss! Specifically, come learn what MMC students can expect once they graduate, how they can better negotiate salaries before accepting a position, and so much more!
Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Jacqueline Leon ’22, focusing on mothering and motherhood. Panelists include MMC faculty members Dr. Nava Silton, Dr. Laura Tropp, and Gunjali Trikha, MBA, and MMC staff Kanny Rodriguez.
Becoming Her: Womxn Empowerment Lunch
Join us for the closing luncheon moderated by Ta’Lor Mosley ’21, focusing on how womxn can empower each other. Panelists include President Kerry Walk, Professor Lorraine Martinez-Novoa, and Regional Director Dayana Bernavil.
Screening of Seeing Allred
The Office of Student Development and Activities held a documentary screening of Seeing Allred which follows women’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred, as she takes on the biggest names in American culture as coverage of sexual assault allegations become more prevalent in the media.
Reading Hour - Books by Women of Color
Students enjoyed an hour of reading books authored by women of color. Books were also available to be taken home.
Show Me What Your Feminism Looks Like
Each one of us - with women, men, and non-binary people joining forces - can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Women in Religion
Muslim Student Association (MSA), Hillel, and Marymount Christian Fellowship (MCF), came together to discuss the unique experiences women have with religion. Women have always played an important and powerful role in religion, however many of us still view religion as an oppressive force used to keep women under control. This event was created to challenge that concept and show many ways in which women are empowered by their faiths.Topics of discussion ranged from inspirational women in different religions to challenging myths about religious practices that impact women. Some club members shared their experiences and encouraged other students/staff/faculty to share theirs as well.
He Named Me Malala Documentary Screening
Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSOC) and Student Development and Activities (SDA) presented the documentary He Named Me Malala. This documentary showcases the life Malala Yousafzai.
Women’s History Month Jeopardy
In honor of Women’s History Month, SDA created Women’s History Jeopardy! Students tested their knowledge about the contributions women have made throughout history and maybe learned something new!
The Color Purple
SGA and SDA a cosponsored this film screening in honor of Women’s History Month. This film, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover, explores the experience of a black southern woman trying to find her identity after struggling years of abuse from her father and others.
In Honor of Women
Students were encouraged to wear purple; the official color of International Women’s month. Students could come and share a poem, story, film, photograph, or artwork that represented women empowerment. Students were able to write down what it meant to them to be a woman, create gender collages using provided art supplies, partake in a photo shoot,or/and also have the option to write a letter to any inspirational, influential or women role models. There was also a discussion on Women’s history. This event was open to all gender identities and was intentionally Trans* and Generqueer/gender non-conforming inclusive.