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Mount Mary University’s vision is to be recognized as a diverse learning community that works in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world.

All are welcome at Mount Mary University. Our teaching and learning environment fosters unity in a divided world. Core values of compassion, competence, community and commitment promote a holistic education that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and emphasize the development of the whole person.

Mount Mary is currently administering a campus climate survey for the campus community. All employees and students are strongly encouraged to complete the campus climate survey by April 30, 2020. 

Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Diversity and Inclusion Council at Mount Mary University seeks to foster an academic community and campus climate that provides education to transform the world. This takes place through embracing the values of MMU with an emphasis on open-mindedness, respect, cultural awareness and sensitivity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Diversity and Inclusion Council is comprised of faculty members, administrative staff, support staff, and students. Council members are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Ex-Officio members include the President, the VP for Student Affairs, the Director of HR, and the Director of the Promise Program.

Council meetings are open to any member of the Mount Mary Community who is interested in contributing to this work. Please contact Co-Chairs Aza Baylor (baylora@mtmary.edu, (414) 930-3580) and Kathy Boyle (boylek@mtmary.edu, (414) 930-3528) if you are interested in attending and learning about upcoming meetings. 

If you are interested in contacting the Council, please email: mmu-diversity@mtmary.edu

Mission

Diversity and Inclusion Council at Mount Mary University seeks to foster an academic community and campus climate that provides education to transform the world. This takes place through embracing the values of MMU with an emphasis on open-mindedness, respect, cultural awareness and sensitivity, equity, and inclusion.

Goals

The Diversity & Inclusion Council serves the university community by promoting inclusiveness and equity throughout all aspects of campus life through the following goals:

  • Serve as the premier resource, liaison, and representative for the university to align our resources, actions, practices and policies with best practices for diversity and inclusion.
  • Foster a proactive, culturally conscious campus climate that promotes unity, respect, social justice and inclusion in an ever-changing academic community.
  • To promote the university as a beacon for recruiting and retaining students from all cultures, while promoting the university’s core values through an equitable academic environment.To support the university in recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse backgrounds to promote a culture that is congruent and representative of our campus community.

Subcommittees

The Diversity & Inclusion Council is divided into four subcommittees, allowing for greater impact in specific areas. Learn more about our Subcommittees and current initiatives.

Student Support
In collaboration with the Admissions Office, Student Government Association and other student organizations, the Student Support Committee works to develop best practices for recruiting and supporting diverse students from the front door to graduation.

Campus Climate

The Campus Climate Committee currently oversees the administration of a campus climate survey to all students, faculty and staff focused on diversity, equity and inclusion perceptions, as well as developing an online reporting system for instances of hate, bias, discrimination and harassment. The goal of the Committee is create a campus environment that is welcoming and equitable for the entire Mount Mary community.

Visibility

The Visibility Committee ensures that the Diversity & Inclusion council is recognized on campus as a resource, connector and partner to the Mount Mary campus community and beyond. The Visibility Committee is responsible for enhancing the Council’s online presence with updated web content, resources and program information.

All Things HR

This Committee partners closely with the Human Resources department to implement diverse hiring practices such as forming search committees, minimizing bias, developing resources on posting attractive job announcements to increase diverse candidate pools and connect with diverse professional organizations. Additionally, this committee will work with HR to offer trainings and learning opportunities for faculty and staff.

Student Support and Retention

As diversity has increased so have programs and services to support student success. Several grant-funded programs are designed to attract and retain disadvantaged students and underrepresented minority populations:

  • Grace Scholars – increases access to post-secondary education in communities where college might otherwise be out of reach. Each year, the program provides 30 incoming freshman with 85 percent tuition coverage for four years.
  • Promise Program – a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services program, also serving first-generation and low-income college students at the university in order to help them remain in good academic standing, persist in college, and graduate with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Caroline Scholars - the Caroline Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program for first-year, full-time undergraduate students with a passion for social justice.