Diversity Equity and Inclusion Programs & Events
Merrimack’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative sponsors a number of programs and events throughout the year.
DEI Annual Events & Programming
Below you will find resources and events to reflect, educate and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the year.
Unity in Diversity Days (Fall & Spring)
Unity in Diversity Days are held once a semester and feature events dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Merrimack.
President’s Speaker Series
The President’s Speaker Series is an annual opportunity for the College community to benefit from the perspectives of national and world leaders, authors, humanitarians and other influential people.
Black History Month (February)
Every February Merrimack sponsors a number of events recognizing Black History Month. See past Black History events
Women’s History Month (March)
Merrimack recognizes Women’s History Month every March with events available to the College community. See past Women’s History events
Social Justice Month (April)
Pride Month (June)
June is known as Pride Month, honoring the histories and lives of those who identify as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer (LGBTQ+) community. The official name was changed in 2009, when President Barack Obama declared June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month” to be more inclusive.
Loving Day & Juneteeth (June)
Each year, National Loving Day on June 12 commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia. This decision struck down all laws banning interracial marriage. The ruling cited, “There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause.”
June 19, known as Juneteenth marks the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Presently Juneteenth commemorates and educates about African Americans’ struggles for freedom while stressing the urgency to eradicate racism in all its forms.
Find relevant readings, videos, films, podcasts and events related to Juneteenth and Loving Day in the McQuade Library comprehensive educational resource guide.
Launched in fall 2020 by faculty and staff wishing to sustain and deepen our understanding of systemic inequalities and their impact on our communities, the book club includes monthly selections of relevant books. Towards the end of each month, community members will have an opportunity to join colleagues to discuss selected books.
Please consider ordering your books through Frugal Books, an independent, Black-owned bookstore in Roxbury, MA
August 27, 2021
August 25, 2021
July 21, 2021
An invitation for incoming students (and their families/guardians) to join the Merrimack College community and hear from current students, faculty and staff members working to further DEI initiatives both on campus and in the community.
- 7:00pm to 8:00pm
June 28, 2021
April 22, 2021
In-person vigil by the pond outside Palmisano Hall.
- Pond Outside Palmisano Hall