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Dear 快播视频 Community,

I am delighted to inform you that tomorrow, February 10, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This is a significant cultural event celebrated not only in China but also in many other Asian countries. The festival, which is deeply rooted in rich traditions and customs, is the start of the lunar new year and embodies a time of renewal and celebration.

The Chinese New Year is an opportunity to honor both household and heavenly deities, as well as to pay respect to ancestors. It is a festival that brings families and communities together. This year welcomes the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of strength, courage, and good fortune in Chinese culture. The Dragon, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, plays a vital role in the festivities and is a beloved symbol of power and nobility.

This celebration is not just a one-day event. It is a long festival that lasts 15 days, concluding with the Lantern Festival. This year, the festivities will end on February 24.

At 快播视频, we recognize and appreciate the diverse backgrounds and cultures of our community members, including those who observe the Chinese New Year. Recognizing this festival is in line with 快播视频鈥檚 strategic goal of building and celebrating an expansive community. It provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us to educate ourselves about the cultures of others and to embrace the rich diversity that strengthens our community.

To students, faculty, and staff who celebrate this occasion, I extend our warmest wishes for a Happy New Year. May the Year of the Dragon bring you joy, prosperity, and good health.
 
Edward

Dear 快播视频 Community,

Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans and of Black people across all continents. Black people have a presence on every continent, and their histories are not only local and global, but they are also deeply intertwined. Black histories encompass a wide range of experiences, achievements, and contributions. While the theme of Black History Month in the United States this year is 鈥淎frican Americans and the Arts,鈥 the impact of African American contributions is profound and far-reaching. It ranges from science and politics to sports, music, literature, social movements, education, and many other aspects of society.

Celebrating Black History Month is not just about recognizing achievements. It's also about acknowledging the suffering, challenges, and pain that Black people have had to overcome (slavery, colonialism, racism, and apartheid, to name a few). This means that our celebration of BHM must be informed by understanding the historical and ongoing struggles faced by Black communities and appreciating their resilience and accomplishments in the face of these challenges.

At 快播视频, our approach to celebrating Heritage Months, including Black History Month, is integral to our identity and mission. It aligns with our strategic plan, 快播视频 100, which emphasizes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as a cornerstone of our community. Your engagement in Black History Month activities is a contribution to our strategic goal of building an Expansive Community as stated in 快播视频 100. Different departments and offices will host a rich array of programs and activities found . This is how the 快播视频 community is actively participating in and contributing to a more inclusive and diverse environment.

Black History Month at 快播视频 is:

- Experiential: We encourage you to engage, actively participate in events, and be part of the conversation.

-Educational:  We offer opportunities to learn about various aspects of Black and African American history, culture, experiences, and societal contributions. Reflect on these learnings and integrate them into your life.

- Entertaining: We want you to have fun while learning and engaging. Enjoy the diverse offerings of food, music, art, and literature, that bring us together in celebration and understanding.

For information about Black History Month events follow us on social media @快播视频DEIB for further details and visit our website .

Let us remember that the celebration of Black history and histories should extend beyond February. Limiting this recognition to one chosen month per year risks trivializing the extensive and ongoing experiences of Black people.

Let us carry the spirit of Black History Month throughout the year, integrating its lessons and joys into our daily lives and community. Engage Black History beyond Black History Month.

Resources:

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture:
  • Anti-Defamation League:
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History:
  • United States Census Bureau:
     

Edward

Dear 快播视频 Community,

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a period of unparalleled genocide during World War II perpetrated by the Nazi regime in Germany. Between 1941 and 1945, six million Jews, alongside millions of others, including Romani people, disabled individuals, political dissidents, and others, were systematically murdered. This horrific event is one of history's darkest chapters. It is a stark reminder of the consequences of hatred, intolerance, and discrimination.

Commemorating this day is important, especially as we face a troubling rise in antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and other forms of hatred worldwide. 

Recent reports and incidents highlight an alarming increase in antisemitic rhetoric, violence, and discrimination. This resurgence of hate underscores the importance of Holocaust education and the need for continuous vigilance against all forms of bigotry.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, let us honor the memory of those who suffered and perished. Let us also reaffirm our commitment to upholding the values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and empathy, which are integral to the 快播视频 ethos. I believe that by remembering the past, we can all work towards a future where such atrocities never occur again.

I encourage everyone in our community to take a moment tomorrow to reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust. Look for events, discussions, or memorials taking place that you can participate in to deepen your understanding and show solidarity.

Together, let us stand against antisemitism and all forms of hatred.
 

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

Dear 快播视频 Community,

Welcome back to students, faculty, and staff.

Yesterday 快播视频 was closed to observe MLK Day. Yesterday, students were also moving in. To respect everyone鈥檚 time off, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion did not send out the customary message celebrating MLK Day.  However, it鈥檚 never too late to embrace and celebrate the powerful message and enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His vision for equity, justice, and unity are values we must remember, embrace, and practice every day.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a pivotal figure in American history, renowned for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. King was an advocate for nonviolent resistance, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He played a key role in advocating for African American rights and the end of racial segregation in the United States. Dr. King was also known for his vision of community and inclusion for all Americans.

The Civil Rights Movement, in which Dr. King was a central figure, stood for the fundamental principle of racial equality. Its goal was to end racial discrimination and segregation against African Americans and to secure legal recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution. The movement used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience as primary tactics and had a significant impact on American society, leading to the passage of landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These laws helped dismantle some racial barriers and advanced the cause of equality and justice in the United States.

In honor of Dr King's legacy, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at 快播视频 launched a weeklong MLK Scavenger Hunt yesterday. This event is a unique way for students to explore and reflect upon the values Dr. King stood for.

 I urge everyone to take this opportunity to learn, grow, and be a part of the ongoing journey toward a more inclusive and just society for which Dr. King fought.

Remember, the essence of commemorating such a remarkable figure lies not in the confinement of his memory to a single day but in the continuous effort to live by the principles he championed.

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

I am delighted to announce that today marks the beginning of Hanukkah 2023! Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the menorah, where a single day's oil burned for eight consecutive days. Hanukkah starts at sundown today, December 7 and will last for eight nights, ending on the evening of the eighth day on December 15.

Hanukkah is observed by lighting the menorah, singing traditional songs, playing with dreidels, and enjoying delicious foods like latkes. 

The 快播视频 community is invited to join in celebrating this special occasion at the annual Hanukkah party, hosted by 快播视频 Hillel. The party is set for 7pm today in room 3102 in the Student Center. The evening will feature the lighting of the candles, singing, dreidel games, latkes, and much more!

Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating this festival of lights!

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

Dear 快播视频 Community,

November is National Native American Heritage Month. The Office of Diversity invites the 快播视频 community to commemorate this heritage. This is a time to pay tribute to the traditions, languages, and stories of Native American tribes and to acknowledge the challenges they have faced, both in the past and in present times.

We encourage everyone to actively participate in events and activities, whether locally, statewide, or nationally, to deepen understanding, respect, and appreciation for the history, culture, resilience, art, literature, and scholarship of Native Americans across the United States.

快播视频's dedication to honor Native American heritages and cultures is clearly reflected in the following three initiatives: an established scholarship for Native American students, active research and discussions emphasizing the significance of implementing a Land Acknowledgement Statement, and the Common Read featuring "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer, which recently culminated in a visit from the author herself, offering students a chance for direct dialogue and discussion about the work.

The push to recognize the significant contributions made by the first Americans dates back to the early 20th century. Dr Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian and the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, was one of the first advocates of a day to honor Native Americans. In 1915, he persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the First Americans. Eventually, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Subsequent presidents have issued annual proclamations for National Native American Heritage Month since then.

Resources to Learn More:

: This publication, curated by Dr. Edward Antonio, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 快播视频, provides insightful articles and resources that shed light on Native American history, culture, and contemporary issues. 

: Stay updated with the annual proclamation made by the President of the United States, highlighting the significance of this month and the government's commitment to supporting Native American communities. 

: Explore a collection of films, stories, and articles that celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of Native Americans. 

: Access a wide range of educational resources, including teaching materials, videos, and photographs. 

: Enhance your knowledge with interesting facts and figures that highlight the significance of this month. 
 

Dear 快播视频 Community,

Today is Indigenous Day. This day is a reminder of the need to recognize and appreciate the wisdom, resilience, and contributions of Indigenous or Native American communities across the United States. It is a time to celebrate the richness of Indigenous cultures, their profound significance, and the role they play in the journey towards social justice, equity, and inclusion.

What is Indigenous Day? Indigenous Day, also known as Indigenous People's Day, was founded as a response to the controversial celebration of Columbus Day, which had long been criticized for its association with colonialism and the impact of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. Indigenous Day is a day dedicated to honoring and acknowledging the diverse Indigenous peoples who have inhabited the lands we now call home. It's a day to recognize the deep-rooted traditions, languages, customs, and sacred connection to the Earth that define Indigenous cultures. Beyond that, it's an opportunity for us at 快播视频 to reflect on the historical injustices Indigenous communities have endured and to commit to a more inclusive and equitable future.

The idea of celebrating Indigenous cultures and contributions gained momentum through activism and advocacy efforts. The city of Berkeley, California, passed a resolution in 1992 to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day, setting a precedent for other cities and states to follow suit. Although it is not a federal holiday, 17 states 鈥 including Washington, South Dakota, and Maine 鈥 as well as Washington, D.C., have holidays honoring Native Americans, some of which are on the second Monday in October.

Significance of Indigenous Day: Indigenous Day is significant for several reasons. It reminds us of the contributions Indigenous peoples have made to our shared heritage, from art and literature to agriculture and sustainable practices. Furthermore, it serves as a platform to address the ongoing struggles that Indigenous communities face, including land rights, healthcare disparities, and cultural preservation.

Why and How to Celebrate Indigenous Day: Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about the history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Read books like "Braiding Sweet Grass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The recent visit of Robin Wall Kimmerer, the author of "Braiding Sweet Grass," to 快播视频 offers opportunities to engage more deeply with Indigenous perspectives and wisdom.

Engage in Cultural Exchange: Attend Indigenous events, workshops, and exhibitions to immerse yourself in their culture and traditions. Celebrate Indigenous creativity and entrepreneurship by purchasing Indigenous-made products, art, and crafts. This not only supports local economies but also helps preserve traditional skills.

Advocate for Justice: Stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities in their struggles for justice, whether it's advocating for land rights, access to quality healthcare, or the preservation of sacred sites.

Importance for Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion: Indigenous Day is a moment to reengage and address the systemic inequalities faced by Indigenous peoples in The United States. By acknowledging their unique perspectives and the challenges they confront daily, we take a step toward dismantling discrimination and promoting equity. Recognizing Indigenous knowledge and wisdom also contributes to a more sustainable future, as they possess vital insights into stewarding the environment and maintaining biodiversity.

On this Indigenous Day, I invite all of us at 快播视频 to reaffirm our commitment to fostering a world where cultural diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion flourish. By celebrating Indigenous cultures and their contributions, we can move towards a future where we recognize how the roots of our shared humanity are deeply intertwined.

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

Dear 快播视频 Community,

I am writing to remind everyone that Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins this Sunday evening and continues through Monday. I extend my warmest wishes to all those observing Yom Kippur within our 快播视频 community.

Yom Kippur is one of the most significant holidays in the Jewish calendar, marked by fasting, prayer, and reflection. It's a time for individuals to seek forgiveness, make amends, and embark on a path of renewal.

In the spirit of inclusivity and understanding, I request that our faculty, staff, and students consider accommodating those observing Yom Kippur, especially on Monday. This may include flexibility with assignments, deadlines, or any other academic or professional commitments. 

Let's embrace the diversity within our community and promote an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and supported in their religious and cultural practices.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and to all those observing, may you have a meaningful and reflective Yom Kippur.

Best regards,

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

Dear 快播视频 Staff  
 
I want to extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you as we embark on the new academic year.  I write today to urge you to deepen and strengthen your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an essential part of your work. Our collective commitment to DEI is part of what makes 快播视频 a remarkable institution. As I complete my first year as your VP for DEI, I am excited to continue this journey with you.
 
I want to remind you that DEI isn't just a tagline 鈥 it's at the core of who we are as a community. Our students come from all walks of life, and it's our collective responsibility to ensure that they find a sense of belonging and inclusion on our campus.
 
As members of the 快播视频 family, your role in providing seamless, holistic DEI student support cannot be overstated. When our students feel supported and understood, they are more likely to thrive academically and personally. DEI isn't an isolated initiative; it's woven into all aspects of our college's strategic plan. It's the foundation upon which we build a welcoming and inclusive community. 
 
I believe that effective student DEI support calls for collaborative efforts across all offices. I ask that we all engage in active information sharing, integrate our actions, and coordinate our endeavors. Together, we can create a unified and equitable approach to respond to student needs. It's essential that DEI and all support for students is simple, accessible, responsive, consistent, timely, and flexible, reflecting the diverse needs of our student body.
 
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is here to serve as a resource and a partner in this journey. We are dedicated to promoting collaboration, providing learning opportunities, and helping each office develop an equity mindset. You can reach the ODEI at diversity.inclusion@marist.edu. The office is located in Lowell Thomas (LT) 107.
 
Although I focus on students in this email, please remember that DEI is not solely about students 鈥 it's about all of us. It's about fostering an environment where we treat and work with one another in ways that uplift and empower. To that end, let us also guard against implicit bias, both in our interactions with each other and with our students and faculty. By acknowledging and addressing our biases, we can create a more inclusive and respectful atmosphere for everyone.
 
As we step into this new academic year, let us carry forward our commitment to DEI with pride and purpose, remembering that at 快播视频, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion remains unwavering. Together, we can create an environment that promotes equity, celebrates our differences and cultivates an atmosphere of belonging for all.
 
In a separate communication that I will soon send out, I will share with you our DEI goals and direction for this coming year. In the near future, I will also send out important information that will help us develop shared language and terminology for discussing DEI at 快播视频.
 
Thank you for everything you do for DEI at 快播视频. 

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

Dear 快播视频 Community,

Ensuring everyone has access to higher education and diverse learning environments is a longstanding and deeply held value at 快播视频. It is also critical for society as a whole. Given this, I am deeply disappointed in today鈥檚 U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits the use of race as one factor in a holistic college admissions process. 

In keeping with its founding mission and values, 快播视频 has long sought to admit talented students utilizing an admissions process that considers a wide range of factors, with academic achievement, potential and special talents among them.

In addition, 快播视频 has always and enthusiastically sought diversity in all its forms 鈥 race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, socioeconomic status, political persuasion, and geography, among many others. We best achieve our mission by opening our doors to all who can take full advantage of the rigorous and high-touch form of education that we offer. 

Let me be clear: every student 快播视频 has ever admitted has earned their right to study here. In fact, as our student body has become more diverse in every way measurable, we鈥檝e seen student quality increase across all dimensions. These are mutually reinforcing, not mutually exclusive, concepts, that have long been reflected in 快播视频鈥檚 mission to help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives. 

In addition, as the College has become more diverse, opportunities for learning have become richer for all. In an increasingly interconnected world, the ability to work across differences and with others who hold different views and perspectives has never been more important. 

In the coming months, we will have more to say about our strategic vision for the future. To preview, 快播视频 aims for nothing less than improving the world through education, and to do so by bringing 快播视频 to the world, and the world to 快播视频. Upon initial review, today鈥檚 ruling makes it more difficult for us to do so. 

We will continue to digest the scope and implications of this decision. For now, one thing holds true: we will not retreat from our mission of making a 快播视频 education accessible to anyone who can succeed here, and we will continue to pursue these goals to the greatest degree within the confines of the law and judicial precedent.

Kevin Weinman
President
快播视频

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 19 is Juneteenth Day, a major holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to take time to reflect on the meaning of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the end of slavery by Major General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is derived from combining two words, 鈥淛une鈥 and 鈥渘ineteenth鈥 and is the most popular celebration of the emancipation from slavery, according to . He states: 鈥淏y choosing to celebrate the last place in the South that freedom touched鈥 we remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the blood path America took by delaying it.鈥  Juneteenth was made a federal holiday through the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act signed by President Joe Biden in 2021 to honor and celebrate freedom from slavery.

Historically, Juneteenth celebrations have included reflection, music, food, especially barbecuing, dressing up, political activism, church services, and sports. Some impactful ways to celebrate are: take advantage of the resources below to learn more,.

Interestingly, Juneteenth does not start with the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 but rather began two and a half years later in Texas. This delay is explained by several things: distance and how slowly the news traveled in those days, and by the resistance from slaveholders that Major General Granger encountered on the way to Texas. The resistance Granger encountered is a reminder that although we have come a long way from the days of slavery, freedom for African American people has been continually deferred.

As we commemorate the end of slavery, we must not forget that emancipation was followed by ongoing acts of racism and lynchings of blacks, and that inequalities persisted for decades for African Americans who could not vote or attend the same colleges and universities as whites, could not attend the same churches, and could not drink water from the same fountains until the 1960s, to name just a few. 

Juneteenth is an opportunity for all of us at 快播视频 to support African Americans in their ongoing struggle against racism, to stand in solidarity with them, to participate in celebrations, to protest social injustice, and to set time aside to learn about African American history.  This is a time to remember where we have come from as a nation and the hard but important work that remains to become a more inclusive, more just, and more perfect union.

Resources: Learn more about Juneteenth


Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

 

Dear 快播视频 Community,

This week millions of Christians worldwide celebrate Easter. Christians believe Easter commemorates the suffering, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter weekend begins on Maundy Thursday, which is today. On this occasion, Christians recall Jesus鈥 Last Supper with his disciples. Maundy Thursday is followed by Good Friday, which this year is on April 7. Good Friday is a solemn day of reflection, meditation, fasting, and prayer. During this time, Christians remember the suffering of Jesus through his crucifixion and death. On Easter Sunday (April 9), Christians joyfully celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. 

Given the diversity of the 快播视频 community and the college鈥檚 commitment to be welcoming and inclusive of people from diverse backgrounds, including those from different religious and cultural traditions, I ask all of us to be sensitive and respectful when scheduling events and making plans in order to recognize the needs of those celebrating Easter. I invite us to learn about each other鈥檚 religious traditions and practices so that we can grow in understanding and enrich our individual and collective experience of diversity, equity, and inclusion at 快播视频.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and 快播视频 wish all Christian students, faculty, staff, and friends a Happy Easter. 

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

 

 

Dear 快播视频 community,

Ramadan Mubarak!

I am writing to share that the holy month of Ramadan begins at sunset today. Ramadan is celebrated annually by millions of Muslims worldwide. It occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and calls Muslims to engage in a month-long period of fasting, spiritual reflection, charitable giving, and worship. Those fasting during Ramadan do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.

As one of the essential Five Pillars of Islam, Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Qur鈥檃n to the Prophet Muhammad. It begins with the sighting of the crescent moon, forecast this year to be on March 22, and continues until the start of the Festival of Eid al Fitr on April 21, which marks the end of the month-long fast.

Because 快播视频 is a diverse and welcoming community with various religious and cultural traditions,  I ask that we support our Muslim students, faculty, and staff by being sensitive when scheduling events, making plans, and interacting with those observing Ramadan. Please join me in wishing our Muslim students, faculty, and staff  Ramadan Mubarak, one of the traditional greetings used during this holy month (meaning have a Blessed Ramadan). 

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

 

 

Dear 快播视频 Community,

Greetings from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). I am writing today about Women's History Month (WHM) in March. I know some of you plan to host events to commemorate women's struggles, achievements, and successes during this time. In addition to WHM, March also marks the beginning of Ramadan (March 22), Deaf History Month (begins March 13), Neurodiversity Celebration Week (March 13-19), International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery (March,25), International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31), St Patrick's Day (March 17), Holi-International Women's Day (March 8), and Purim and Makha Bucha Day (March 6).

I am writing to ask you to share your plans with the ODEI. This information will help our office achieve several goals:

  • To communicate the variety and richness of WHM programming widely at the college.
  • Where necessary, coordinate and align activities to maximize impact.
  • To contribute to the Program Inventory that the ODEI is creating.
  • To publicize opportunities for learning about and engaging with the meaning of WHM.
  • Track activities contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and determine reach and impact.
  • To learn how we can increase the reach of DEI activities on campus.

After receiving your information, the ODEI will create and send out a campus-wide communication listing all the activities, thereby keeping everyone informed.

Thank you for your collaboration and your support of WHM at 快播视频.

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

Black History Month - 快播视频 2023


The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is excited to share this year鈥檚 list of Black History Month events hosted by different Offices on campus. This year鈥檚 great lineup includes events on food, music, dance, history, fashion, and panel discussions. Join us as we celebrate Black cultures and learn about Black experiences from different parts of the world.

As you will see, some events are co-sponsored. The ODEI encourages such collaboration and partnerships. In the future, when the ODEI is fully established, we will coordinate the scheduling and announcements of these events well in advance. We do not have the final dates for some events on the list. The ODEI will provide additional information as the dates are finalized. 

Please note that February 20th is World Day of Social Justice.

The True Black History Museum 
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Venue: Murray Student Center River Rooms SC3102-3105
To learn more about the exhibit, please visit: 
 
Kofi-Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble 
Date: Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Venue: The Cabaret 
Kofi-Sankofa Drums and Dance Ensemble will highlight African drums and dance. Kofi and Sankofa鈥檚 African Drum Performance will create a feeling of an indigenous village where everyone gets involved.
Contact: Center for Multicultural Affairs

A Hip-Hop and High Fashion: Evening with Emil Wilbekin 
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 6 鈥 7 p.m.
Venue: Murray Student Center 3101
RSVP to fashion@marist.edu before February 14 7 p.m.
Contact: John Bartlett, Director, Fashion Program

Ebola and COVID-19: Reflections on Epidemics, race, and public health in the Early 21st Century. 
Dr. Ismail Rashid, Vassar College
Date: Wednesday, February 22, Time: TBA
Venue: Hancock 2023
Contact Dr. Fungisai Musoni, Director, African Diaspora Program Dept of History 

Black History Month Alumni Panel: Life After 快播视频
Date: Monday, February 27 or Tuesday, February 28, Time: TBA
Venue: TBA
Contact: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Valley Caf茅 Menu curated to celebrate Black History Month
Date/Time: TBA
Venue: Dining Hall
Contact: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Center for Multicultural Affairs
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Student Activities
Music Department
History Department
Fashion Program
African Diaspora Program
Student Programming Council, Black Student Union, and Student Activities
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Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

 

Dear 快播视频 Community,

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce a committee to study Food Insecurity among students at 快播视频. This is part of our commitment to equity and justice in the student experience. Chaired jointly by Mark Palmer and Katie Lavin, the committee will gather information on food insecurity, identify the dimensions of the challenge at 快播视频, and propose potential solutions. Data from national sources shows that food insecurity is now a pervasive and growing problem in higher education (see the resources in the links below). It impairs the ability of affected students to focus on their studies, engage in student activities, enjoy the student experience, and persist to graduation. Food Insecurity negatively impacts students' mental health as well as their social and academic life. Students affected by this challenge also often face a lack of access to hygiene products and live with the associated stigma.

The committee, which starts its work this spring, will work collaboratively with others on campus to bring deeper and more informed awareness of these challenges to 快播视频, to open conversations about the causes of this problem, and to explore and recommend feasible solutions to the VP for DEI and to the college.

Please contact Mark Palmer (Mark.Palmer1@marist.edu) and Katie Lavin (Katie.Lavin1@marist.edu) with any questions.

Members of the Committee are:

Alyssa Gates, Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement 
Andrew Alongi, Director of Marketing 
Dr. Adelaide K. Sandler, School of Social of Behavioral Sciences 
Deb DiCaprio, Vice President for Student Affairs
Hasseb Arroon, Director of Institutional Data, Research, and Planning 
Jaime Cocco-Simmons, Director of Student Financial Services Operations 
Keon Lee, Vice President of Student life, SGA 
Stephen Gnojewski, Development Officer of the Office of College Advancement 

We invite you to explore the resources below to build your knowledge and understanding of how Food Insecurity in affecting college campuses across the country.

Resources




 

Edward P. Antonio, PhD
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
快播视频
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
12601-1387

Tel: 845-575-3340
Diversity.inclusion@marist.edu

 

Dear members of the 快播视频 community,

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable and restful summer.  I am excited to share with you an advance copy of the public announcement that will go out later this afternoon regarding the hiring of Dr. Edward Antonio as 快播视频鈥檚 first Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (see attached).  This represents a significant step in 快播视频鈥檚 ongoing efforts to build a more diverse and equitable community with a deep sense of belonging.  Please join me in welcoming Edward to the 快播视频 community.  I鈥檇 also like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the members of the search committee, led by Addrain Conyers, who worked so hard to bring this national search to a successful conclusion.  Other members of the search committee included Christina Daniele, Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Brother Michael Flanigan, Alyssa Gates, Maryellen Guardino, Dabby Hines, Kumba Nyang, Mark Palmer, Jackie Reich, and Iris Ruiz-Grech.

Best wishes to all for the remainder of the summer, and I look forward to a terrific start to the new academic year.

Kevin

Kevin C. Weinman
President
快播视频
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3600
President@marist.edu

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MEMORANDUM TO THE MARIST COLLEGE COMMUNITY

FROM: STAN HARRIS, CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES鈥 DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE        

DENNIS J. MURRAY, PRESIDENT

DATE: JANUARY 15, 2021

With the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday being observed this Monday, we thought it was an opportune time to provide the 快播视频 community with an update on the College鈥檚 diversity and inclusion activities over the past several months.  As we have previously stated, 快播视频鈥檚 Board, administration, and faculty are all strongly committed to ensuring that our institution is a more diverse and inclusive place at all levels.  In July, the Board of Trustees issued an institutional statement condemning the systemic racism experienced by Black people in this country.  This statement served to underscore the Board鈥檚 commitment to creating an educational experience at 快播视频 that embraces diversity and inclusion, and prepares students to lead and function effectively in the complex world they will enter.  As our nation prepares to honor the legacy of Dr. King, we hope the College鈥檚 work in this area honors the memory of this great civil rights leader.  More than 50 years after Dr. King鈥檚 death, his vision of a just society for all is as relevant today as it was during his lifetime.

The College鈥檚 efforts to make 快播视频 a more welcoming place are being overseen by senior administrators working in concert with the Board鈥檚 Diversity & Inclusion Committee, chaired by Dr. Stan Harris.  Under Dr. Harris鈥 leadership, the Committee is focused on three main goals: 1) using data to understand and assess the status quo at 快播视频; 2) listening to a wide variety of constituencies to understand their lived experiences and hear suggestions for how 快播视频 can do better; and 3) using this feedback to formulate a comprehensive set of short- and long-term actions that will help to improve the educational experience, the way we think about each other, and the way we will function going forward.

Our outreach to stakeholders has been both extensive and extremely worthwhile.  During the summer and fall, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee engaged in productive dialogue with a number of different groups.  Listening sessions were held with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, including the Alumni Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board, Black Student Union, Diversity Council, Black Student-Athlete Alliance, Student Government Association, 快播视频 Ambassador alumni, and Fox Pride.  Additional listening sessions will include the 快播视频 Alumni Association, student veterans, resident assistants, maintenance and housekeeping staff, security officers, food service workers, and any others who would like to contribute their perspectives.  The Committee has also received feedback via 快播视频鈥檚 diversity website and through individual conversations. 

The thoughtful comments and creative suggestions we have received from members of the 快播视频 community have proved extremely helpful.  Following is a summary of what we have heard and the initiatives we are pursuing, broken down by category.  We are grateful for the efforts of the 快播视频 community to move these diversity and inclusion initiatives forward, even as the College has been responding to the urgent and ongoing COVID crisis and operating under our current budget constraints.

Curriculum

One of the most common recommendations we have heard from stakeholders is that 快播视频 put in place a required diversity-related course for all students.  We strongly support this recommendation.  Vice President for Academic Affairs Thom Wermuth has convened an ad hoc faculty committee to develop options for a course, courses, or other academic experience(s) that would be required for all 快播视频 students.  This group, which also includes student representation, will submit a proposal for the full faculty鈥檚 consideration in spring 2021, and we expect that implementation would occur during the 2021-22 academic year. 

Many individual academic programs and departments require diversity-related courses, but not all do.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs is overseeing efforts to expand our course offerings that address the diversity issues unique to each academic discipline, as well as to the careers students ultimately pursue.  All of these efforts will help ensure that 快播视频鈥檚 curriculum appropriately addresses issues of racism, bias, and discrimination, and includes the perspectives of underrepresented groups.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs will also explore implementing a campus common read focused on issues of racism and social injustice.  (It is worth noting that four of the seven freshman common reads between 2013 and 2019 centered on racial justice issues.)  Finally, Academic Affairs will be issuing a call for faculty-led projects to engage students in research on racism, bias, and diversity.

Training for staff, faculty, and students

Another common recommendation from College stakeholders was that mandatory training on implicit and explicit bias and microaggressions be put in place for faculty, staff, and students.  We are moving forward with this recommendation.  Vice President for Human Resources Christina Daniele has been reviewing a number of programs, and our plan is to implement one in the spring semester. 

In addition, the College has funded an innovative program called the 快播视频 Diversity Leadership Institute (MCDLI), created by Associate Professor of Psychology Stacy Williams.  Launched in fall 2020, MCDLI is an interdepartmental collaborative training program that builds cultural capacity in faculty and staff members.  The training consists of online modules covering Race & Culture, Disability & Accessibility, and Sexuality & Gender.  The material is delivered asynchronously by 快播视频 faculty and staff members through a combination of webinars, readings, and online forums.  We鈥檙e pleased to report that the first group of 16 participants is currently completing the first two modules, and will finish the third over the winter intersession and spring semester. 

Based on feedback from our various listening sessions, the College is also strengthening anti-bias programming in student and new employee orientation, strengthening diversity-related programming in the Emerging Leaders Program, and continuing ongoing training for security officers.  We are also working with 快播视频鈥檚 Diversity Council to define and facilitate its active engagement in diversity and inclusion initiatives at the College.

Reporting, investigation, adjudication, and follow-up communication regarding discrimination complaints

快播视频 has longstanding procedures and policies in place to investigate incidents of discrimination, bias, and harassment, but the process is of necessity decentralized: faculty issues are handled by Vice President for Academic Affairs Thom Wermuth; staff issues by Vice President for Human Resources Christina Daniele; and student conduct issues by Vice President for Student Affairs Deb DiCaprio.  A number of our stakeholders have raised concerns about these processes, including their accessibility and transparency, as well as the level of support for those who bring forward complaints.  Therefore, the College has committed to conducting a thorough review of our investigative processes as they relate to various groups (e.g., students, faculty, and staff) and types of complaints (e.g., Title IX, racial bias, ADA-related, etc.). 

It鈥檚 a complex undertaking, as our procedures are governed by both federal and state laws, which limit the specific information we can publicly disclose about individuals and incidents like sexual assaults or hate crimes.  However, in addition to the reporting we do for the Clery Act and New York State Education Law 129 a & b, we plan to expand our communications to reassure community members that each complaint is being reviewed and adjudicated in accordance with applicable laws.  (The good suggestion that we should report aggregate data was made to us by a group of alumni concerned about diversity issues.)  We want members of the 快播视频 community to understand that all complaints are taken seriously and investigated appropriately. 

If there are ways in which we can improve how we handle any aspect of the complaint process, we are open to reviewing them.  We will endeavor to enhance student awareness about how to access the process, create a 鈥渞eporting culture,鈥 and improve support for victims of discrimination.  Based on feedback from an alumni listening session, we are also exploring a 鈥渞estorative justice鈥 approach to some of these cases.  Offensive social media posts have been another area of concern among members of the 快播视频 community, and we will continue to take appropriate disciplinary action against any students found responsible for such behavior.

Hiring and retention of diverse members of the faculty and academic administration

We understand that representation matters, and we are currently undertaking a comprehensive review of diversity among faculty and academic administration by school and department.  The aim is to review pipelines, hiring, support, and retention practices, and to use the data to make improvements.  Data from 2018 show that 20 percent of 快播视频 faculty members are people of color (the highest percentage in our US News comparator group of 30 private colleges and universities), but only four percent are Black, an average number among our comparator schools.  Because of our efforts, the percentage of Black faculty has recently increased to five percent, but we clearly have an opportunity do better in this regard.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Deans of the academic schools are being held responsible for improving diversity across departments and schools.  We are also seeking to create opportunities for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars of color to come to 快播视频.  Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion Addrain Conyers, who reports directly to the President, will work closely with President Murray, Vice President for Academic Affairs Thom Wermuth, and all academic search committees to ensure that the search process is handled in an inclusive and equitable manner and that they make every effort to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.  Finally, we applaud recent faculty discussions about the best ways to support faculty of color.  We are pleased that this conversation is taking place and back efforts to enhance collegial support and respect.

Hiring and retention of diverse members of the administration and staff

Similarly, we are also undertaking a comprehensive review of administration and staff diversity by department, as well as where and when we have the opportunity to make improvements.  The aim is to review pipelines, hiring, support, and retention practices, and to use the data to make improvements.  As part of this effort, the various Vice Presidents are being held responsible for improving diversity across their operational areas.  In addition, Vice President for Human Resources Christina Daniele will work closely with all administrative search committees to ensure that they are comprised of diverse members and that they make every effort to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.

We are committed to creating professional opportunities for people of color at all levels of the organization.  With this in mind, we re-instituted the Presidential Fellow program over the summer; the Presidential Fellow position serves on Cabinet, and Mark Palmer 鈥20 is currently in the role.  We have also begun the process to recruit for a Cabinet-level position focusing on diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, and our hope is to have someone in place in the spring semester.  In addition to an existing internship with the Vice President for Human Resources, we are establishing student internship opportunities in the offices of Vice President for Information Technology Mike Caputo and Director of Physical Plant Justin Butwell. 

Compensation study

快播视频 has long prided itself on being one of the best employers in the Hudson River Valley, and we know it is a great place to work.  However, we want to ensure that our mission is continually reflected in the best practices of compensation.  In order to continue to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce, organizations must commit to equity in compensation regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  To assure that this goal is being met at 快播视频, Vice President for Human Resources Christina Daniele will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the College鈥檚 pay practices for both faculty and administrators.  By committing to these best practices, 快播视频 will continue to ensure an equitable workplace for all members of its community.  The study will be led by the Office of Human Resources in collaboration with legal counsel and external expertise.  It is clear that now more than ever, fair compensation policies and practices are essential to employee recruitment and retention efforts.

Student admissions and recruitment

Over the past decade, 快播视频 has made great strides in the number of students of color who apply to and attend 快播视频.  The number of Black applicants has doubled, while the number of multiracial applicants has tripled, with students of color representing 35 percent of our applicant pool in 2019.  Freshman deposits have followed a similar pattern of increase.  Students of color make up 25 percent of the freshman class, and Black students represent seven percent. 

Nonetheless, we can do better.  Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Communication Sean Kaylor is currently developing comprehensive baseline data on the diversity of 快播视频 applicants, accepted students, and enrolled students, including comparisons to peer institutions.  Guided by this data, 快播视频 will develop strategies to improve the diversity of the student body, including increasing the involvement of staff, students, and alumni of color at student recruitment events (this suggestion was made by a member of the Alumni Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board).  Similarly, we will continue to increase the diversity of our tour guides and ambassadors, who are often the first people with whom prospective 快播视频 students interact.  We are also committed to enhancing the diversity of our sports teams, particularly women鈥檚 sports.

The College will also continue its longstanding commitment to creating and strengthening pipelines for students of color to attend 快播视频.  The College has long supported successful programs such as the Liberty Partnerships Program and Upward Bound, both of which provide academic and other services to underserved youths here in the Hudson River Valley.  We will strengthen these programs and expand targeted outreach to students of color, including sponsoring additional visits for high school students to 快播视频.

Student retention and graduation rates

While it鈥檚 important to recruit diverse students, it鈥檚 equally important to retain them and ensure that they succeed at 快播视频.  Overall, 快播视频鈥檚 graduation rate for students of color is excellent and substantially above the national average: the most recent six-year cohort graduation rate for this population is 78 percent.  Many are clearly succeeding 鈥 one-third of 快播视频 Fulbright award winners are students of color 鈥 but we must ensure that this is the case for all underrepresented students.  We will continue to review baseline data on retention and graduation rates by gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to identify areas for improvement; track the College鈥檚 performance against peer institutions and national averages; and, where outcomes lag, develop targeted student support initiatives.  There is one area in particular where we are not satisfied, and that is the rate of graduation for Black men.  This is a nationwide problem that requires urgent attention, and 快播视频 is committed to developing strategies to address it.  Other areas we believe are worth examining include course failure rates, job placement rates, and graduate school acceptances.

Campus life

In our discussions with members of the 快播视频 community, we heard a great deal of feedback regarding campus life and creating a culture in which all feel welcome.  One concept we are exploring is the establishment of affinity spaces on campus where students with shared interests and identities can come together for discussion, activity, and reflection.  Currently, first-year residential students are allowed to choose their own roommates (previously, they were randomly assigned), and the College continues to provide a 鈥渕ulticultural floor鈥 option to residential students.  As per a request from LGBTQ+ students, we are actively considering creating a gender-neutral housing option.  In addition, the College is actively supporting the establishment of historically Black fraternities and sororities on campus, as well as the formation of Black academic clubs within each school.  Most recently, the School of Computer Science and Mathematics established the National Society of Black Engineers student club.  Computer science major Kaylin Moss 鈥22 and Professor of Computer Science Ron Coleman were both instrumental in making this happen.

Any vibrant campus has a wide array of diverse cultural programming, and 快播视频 is fortunate to have annual events like Mon Afrique, the Cultural Dinner Dance, and the Lavender Ball, as well as multiple activities in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month.  The College will continue to support and promote all of these activities.  Exposure to different traditions is key to helping all 快播视频 students develop their cultural literacy and competence.  In September, we held our second annual Explorations in Social Justice conference, which featured family members of George Floyd.  In terms of hosting distinguished guest speakers of color, 快播视频 had an extremely successful fall semester.  We welcomed Jos茅 Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International; sports journalists Jemele Hill and Rhiannon Walker; and immigration activist Pamela Chomba.  This follows a residency by veteran sports journalist and studio executive Michael Smith with the Center for Sports Communication in spring 2020.  The College will also continue to host the 鈥淩ace in America鈥 lecture series, which has over the past several years hosted scholars, public intellectuals, and community leaders such as Cornel West, Michelle Alexander, Michael Eric Dyson, Ibram X. Kendi, and many others.

The 快播视频 Athletics Department has been particularly active around issues of diversity and inclusion.  In August, Athletics announced the formation of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action) Committee, comprised of 14 administrators and coaches.  The group meets weekly to discuss diversity and inclusion topics while implementing action items designed to enhance the department鈥檚 culture of inclusivity.  Through the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), 快播视频 is participating in the MAAC鈥檚 multiyear United for Justice campaign.  One aspect of this campaign, the Time Out for Black Lives reading initiative, featured a video of women鈥檚 basketball player Julianna Bonilla 鈥22 reading the children鈥檚 book Good Night, Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program is intended to help children develop reading and writing skills while recognizing the outstanding contributions and achievements of Black leaders.  The Black Student-Athlete Alliance also hosted a 鈥淢arch Against Racial Injustice鈥 on campus on September 2.  The College fully supported their efforts, and several members of the 快播视频 community marched alongside our students.  Finally, we鈥檙e pleased to note that Harrison Baker, a 快播视频 alumnus, joined the College over the summer as Associate Athletics Director & Director of External Affairs.  This position serves as the second in command in Athletics. 

Student support

As a result of a comment made in a listening session, Vice President for Academic Affairs Thom Wermuth is conducting a review of academic advisement and academic support services to ensure that students are being served effectively and appropriately, particularly those from diverse backgrounds and first-generation college students.  It is important that advisement at the College is free of bias and that it addresses the specific challenges these students face.  Additionally, we are considering targeted support programs for first-generation college students.  快播视频 will also continue its support for programs that assist students from underrepresented groups, including HEOP, ACES, Foster Youth College Success Initiative, and the Hearst Scholarship.  It鈥檚 a point of pride that 快播视频 was one of 24 institutions that started the HEOP program.  Fifty years later, nearly 500 HEOP students have graduated from 快播视频, and they have a five-year graduation rate of 87 percent, when the national average for all graduating seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions is 62 percent.  We鈥檇 like to recognize Iris Ruiz-Grech, Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and her staff for their good work supporting our students.

In another listening session, a student noted that our Counseling Center should be better equipped to understand the impact that experiences of marginalization, inequity, and discrimination can have.  With this in mind, we are actively searching for a counselor with specialized clinical experience working with students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other underrepresented students.  We heard another suggestion that the College should have a 鈥減referred name system鈥 to accommodate students who have transitioned and no longer use their given name.  The College is currently studying the feasibility of such a system and developing a set of recommendations.

Mentoring is another key part of student support, and Vice President for College Advancement Chris DelGiorno is implementing an alumni mentoring program for students of color to connect them with graduates of the College from similar backgrounds.  In fact, the various Vice Presidents have all been tasked with creating mentorship programs at all levels, including possible outreach to the Poughkeepsie community.

Presidential search

In September, we announced the formation of a diverse Presidential Search Committee, which is committed to considering a diverse pool of qualified candidates.  This committee is now in place and actively working toward its goal.  Committee members are listed here.  Special sessions have been held with a number of constituencies, including faculty of color, to solicit feedback about the qualities most desired in a new president.  Two of the qualities we are seeking are cultural competence and a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Fundraising and grants

There are a number of initiatives related to fundraising and grants that the Vice President for College Advancement and his team are pursuing.  First, the strong emphasis of 快播视频鈥檚 development efforts continues to be funding for endowed scholarships that will make a 快播视频 education accessible to more students.  We are also seeking out opportunities for both academic and non-academic grants in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.  Finally, we are considering the creation of an alumni fund to support diversity-related activities on campus.

Commitment to communities in the Hudson River Valley

快播视频 has long strived to be a good neighbor and a good citizen of the Hudson River Valley.  While Poughkeepsie is our main focus, the College is also committed to serving low-income populations in Kingston and Newburgh.  Most recently, 快播视频 has provided financial and personnel support to the City of Poughkeepsie鈥檚 Children鈥檚 Cabinet, an initiative that brings together school districts, government agencies, child-serving community organizations, and other local stakeholders to improve their ability to coordinate youth supports and services.  Deborah Gatins, Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is a member of the Children鈥檚 Cabinet and has been representing 快播视频 in the group鈥檚 work.  Specifically, the 快播视频 Center for Social Justice Research is conducting research for the Children鈥檚 Cabinet; the work is being carried out in part by 快播视频 BIPOC students who attended Poughkeepsie High School and who are invested in finding ways to give back to their community. 

The College also continues to help local youth through the Liberty Partnerships Program in Poughkeepsie and Kingston, Upward Bound in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, and the Early College High School Program in Newburgh.  In addition, Campus Ministry and the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership do an excellent job responding to the needs of the local community, whether through fundraising, volunteer work, or student internships at local nonprofits. 

There are other ways in which 快播视频 can help our local community.  Vice President for Business Affairs/CFO John Pecchia is currently conducting a review of the College鈥檚 contracting and purchasing practices to ensure that local businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities, are well represented among our vendors.  Under the leadership of Executive Vice President Geoff Brackett, the College will look for ways to incentivize 快播视频 faculty and staff to live in the City of Poughkeepsie.  And 快播视频 will continue to lend financial support to local anti-racism causes and other urban initiatives. 

Conclusion

Our focus is deeply aligned with the 快播视频 mission and the values handed down from our founders, whose vision of education was inextricable from the commitment to community and service.  Ensuring that 快播视频 is a community in which everyone feels valued and heard is a top priority for Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty, and we are working hard to achieve this goal.  In some cases, results from our efforts will be visible over the short term (e.g., anti-bias training).  In other cases, it will take time for them to come to full fruition (e.g., adding more people of color to the faculty and staff).  We are deeply committed to this process and consider it to be an ongoing one.  We are extremely gratified and encouraged by the many student leaders, faculty, administrators, Cabinet members, and alumni who have become actively engaged in this process, and we look forward to providing the 快播视频 community with continued updates on our progress during the spring semester.  In the meantime, please keep your suggestions coming.  You can submit your feedback and ideas directly to the Board鈥檚 Diversity & Inclusion Committee by emailing President@marist.edu or by going to marist.edu/diversity/committee.  We also encourage you to review 快播视频鈥檚 new diversity and inclusion website, which includes a host of resources, institutional data, and other information. 

Thank you for your continued engagement and support and best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2021.