A Call to Action
At Merrimack College, the summer of 2020 was a catalyst to visibly renew and live our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to make investments in the coordination and institutionalization of inclusion and equity.
Following many campus-wide meetings, President Hopey raised diversity, equity and inclusion as an institutional priority and announced the creation of a Special Assistant to the President position to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. After an extensive interview process that included a diverse hiring committee of students, faculty and staff, the appointment of Dr. Simona Sharoni as special assistant to the President for diversity, equity and inclusion was announced.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals
- To integrate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into all aspects of campus life
- To facilitate coordination and collaboration among all perspectives on campus
- To provide ongoing education and training for faculty, staff and students
- To focus on DEI in recruiting, hiring and retention of faculty, staff and students
- To enhance support for students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups
Agenda for the Future
The College’s commitment to DEI is now a pillar of our new five-year strategic plan, the Agenda for the Future (AFF). Inspired by our Catholic Augustinian mission and values, the College is more committed than ever to fostering a culture that values and nurtures diversity, inclusion and a sense of belonging for all, across racial, cultural, political and other identities.
Programs and Initiatives
Merrimack has been focused on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for more than a decade. Our efforts have led to the creation of particular programs and initiatives tailored to increase access and to promote diversity and inclusion.
Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups
There are several staff and faculty affinity groups that have been active on campus, creating space for like-minded people to connect with and support one another and to explore ways to collaborate with student groups that share their identities and passion.
Current Affinity Groups