Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Feb. 8 Schedule

Feb. 8, 2023: Unity in Diversity Days

Our two-day event kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and is available to the Merrimack faculty, staff, students and community members. Please review the schedule below.

Schedule for Day One - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023

8-9:15 a.m. – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Merrimack College

Speakers: TBA

Join 2/8  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Merrimack College Zoom Session

9:30-10:45 a.m. – Indigenous Queer Theories & Poetics

Speaker: Jake Skeets

Join 2/8 Indigenous Queer Theories & Poetics Zoom Session

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Black Feminism, Mothering and Resistance in and to the Academy

Speaker: Dr. Raina J. Leon

Join 2/8 Black Feminism, Mothering and Resistance Zoom Session

12:30-1:45 p.m. – Asian American Identity and Social Justice

Speaker: Shin Yu Pai

Join 2/8 Asian American identity and Social Justice Zoom Session

2-3:15 p.m. – Masculinity, Queerness & Forgiveness

Speaker: Julian Randall

Join 2/8 Masculinity, Queerness & Forgiveness Zoom Session

4–5:15 p.m. Grasping at the Root: Cultivating Anti-Racist Strategies for Community Care at Merrimack College

Speaker: Dr. Kijua Sanders-McMurtry
Location: McQuade Auditorium

The presentation will focus on liberatory practices engaging gender diversity, transforming campus policies and practices and engaging with concepts of radical forms of community care within higher education.

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Celebrating Community Reception

Location: Cascia Hall

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Distinguished Educator Certificate

The President’s Special Initiative on DEI and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) introduce a new certificate program for faculty and staff who have completed at least 25 hours of DEI education and training since January 2019. Relevant experience may include education and training on and off campus. Faculty and staff who complete the minimum hours required will be recognized publicly and receive a certificate and a LinkedIn badge. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply for the certificate, applicants should complete the training recognition form, listing the date, hours and nature of the training they wish to get recognized for.

Contact Us

Simona Sharoni, Ph.D.
Vice President, Inclusionary Excellence, Institutional Access & Leadership
Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies Department

How to Tune In

Each session has a Zoom link listed. Please click on the Zoom link at the beginning of the event to join.