Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative has created a number of resources for the Merrimack community.

DEI LibGuides

LibGuides is an easy-to-use content management system used by librarians to curate knowledge and share information, organize class and subject-specific resources, and to create and manage websites.

Resources Addressing Anti-Asian Violence, Racism and Xenophobia

  1. Report Bias incidents
    STOP AAPI Hate was created in response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry during COVID-19. It is the leading aggregator of anti-Asian hate incidents. There is an anonymous hate incident report form in multiple languages and they offer multilingual resources for impacted community members. They assert that in order to effectively address anti-Asian
    racism, we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous,and other communities of color.
  2. Understand the History of Asian Americans in the United States
    Xenophobia or fear of people from other countries/cultures has been going on for some time. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of the mid-1800s, burning down villages related to Chinese American fishing areas, Japanese internment camps, discrimination of Vietnamese Americans in the ’60s and ’70s, anti-Asian hate in the LA riots of the 90s to the violence increased after 911. This is America, and this is not new. We have promoted Anti-Asian sentiments for some time. COVID-19 has increased anti-Asian discrimination. Learn More About Anti-Asian American Discrimination
  3. Address the Model-Minority Myth
    There is a generalization that Asian communities are more successful and therefore are able to reach the American dream and do not need assistance. This is not true. To be Asian is not a monolithic experience. By disaggregating data, we see some populations suffer from poverty more than others within the Asian communities. This myth also creates tension and horizontal oppression between BIPOC communities. Learn More About Model-Minority Myth
  4. Make Space for Healing
    We are all doing our best to figure out how to be an ally, but now is not the time to ask our APIDA identified colleagues to fix the problem. Self-education is crucial. Whether reading about antiracist work or highlighting Asian authors and voices, we can often find lists that have been made by colleagues.  Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Therapist Directory by the American Health Collective
  5. Listen, Educate & Advocate
    Combatting Anti-Asian Racism, Harvard University 
    Anti-Racism Resources for the AAPI Community, Cornell University 
    Toolkit for Anti-Asian Racism, Seattle University 
    Classroom Materials and More 
    Resources for Parents 
    Advocacy and Organizing Worldwide 
  6. Encourage Self-Care
    Learn More from the American Psychological Association
  7. Support Mental Health Coping Strategies
    AAPA COVID-19 Related Resources

MLK Day Resources

The vision and work of Martin Luther King Jr. is more relevant today than ever. We compiled a list of events and resources, designed to promote education, reflection and action inspired by a nonviolent commitment to nurture communities based on justice and equality for all! We will continue to honor MLK’s legacy next month with a series of events to mark Black History Month.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Elections 2020: Moving Forward Together

The polarization of political discourse, coupled with the toll of COVID-19, has elevated people’s anxiety and stress levels concerning the past 2020 elections. As an academic institution and Augustinian community, we cannot accept a world divided into “us” and “them” or winners versus losers. Regardless of who becomes the next US President, Merrimack will continue to work tirelessly and intentionally to bridge the divides among us through dialogue and education.

The resources presented here are designed to help students, faculty and staff reflect on their own emotions and thoughts concerning the 2020 election. We believe that we can all benefit from learning how to engage in difficult conversations without losing our sense of community.

Faculty Resources

Resources for faculty wishing to address the elections in the classroom

The Pedagogy of Facilitating Difficult Conversations