Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Manhattanville College, our mission is to educate students to be ethically and socially responsible leaders in a global community. We are committed to providing a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing environment in order to inspire students’ commitment to global service and leadership.
We are very proud that throughout much of our history we have embraced and valued diversity and inclusion. This dates back to 1938, when then Manhattanville College president, Mother Grace Dammann, offered a passionate defense of the decision to admit the College’s first African American student. Her letter condemning racial discrimination remains a defining characteristic of who we are and what we continually work towards.
We maintain an unwavering commitment to continually developing a community where diversity is embraced, inclusiveness is practiced, and equity is intentionally sought. Our community is enriched by diversity in all its forms including identity characteristics such as age, disability, sex, race, ethnicity, religion/spiritual tradition, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, veteran status, job status or socioeconomic class, nation of origin, language spoken, documentation status, personal appearance and political beliefs. Simply put we are better because of the talents and experiences of our diverse community.
To that end, the College is creating a three-year strategic road map that reaffirms our commitment through action. The Roadmap is organized around 5 guiding priorities:
Priority I. Achieve a balance of representation in the community composition.
Priority II. Identify and address achievement gaps for minoritized students
Priority III. Create equitable engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff that foster a sense of belonging
Priority IV. Commit to fostering cultural competency for faculty, staff, and students around creating a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing environment reflective of Manhattanville’s mission.
Priority V. Increase collaboration and communication around the College’s various diversity and inclusion efforts.