Unity in Diversity - Education, Reflection & Action

Join us on Oct. 12 and 13, 2020 for a virtual two-day event offering rich programming on diversity, equity and inclusion.


About the Event

Who Should Attend

We welcome all Merrimack faculty, staff, students and community members to participate. 

Event Details

The event features a number of prominent speakers and includes workshops and cultural events celebrating Indigenous People’s Day, National Coming Out Day, LatinX Heritage Month and more. The event also addresses a variety of key issues, including:

  • racial injustice
  • gender
  • inequalities
  • disability and accessibility
  • systemic inequalities exposed by COVID-19

The President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, is sponsoring the event to affirm Merrimack’s commitment as an institution to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Schedule of Events

Below is an overview of scheduled events. See full details of each day’s event and speaker information at Oct. 12 full schedule and Oct. 13 full schedule

Monday, Oct. 12

8-9:30 a.m. - Diversity University
9:30-10:45 a.m. - Understanding and Preventing Police Violence
10-11:30 a.m. - Roundtable Discussion: American Sign Language
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - COVID-19: Ethical/Social Justice Considerations

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Roundtable: Mentoring First Generation College Students

2-3:30 p.m. - Celebrating Queer Writing
3:30-4:45 p.m. - Creating Space for Change: Racial Dialogue
4-5 p.m. - Roundtable on Community Engagement in Lawrence
5-6:30 p.m. - Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activism
7-8:30 p.m. - Roundtable: Queer Journeys and Coming Out Stories.

See Full Schedule: Oct. 12

Tuesday, Oct. 13

8-9:30 a.m. - Diversity University
10-11 a.m. - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Merrimack College
10-11:15 a.m. - Open Classroom: An Introduction to Structural Racism with Dr. Dan Herda
11-12:30 p.m. - Emotional Agility: How to Be Your Best Self in Times of Crisis
Noon-1:15 p.m. - Open Classroom: An Introduction to Structural Racism with Dr. Dan Herda
Noon-1:30 p.m. - Gender, Race and Social Justice Activism
1-2 p.m. - Mack Chat:
Disability and accessibility
 2-3:30 p.m. - Transforming Masculinities: Accounting for White Privilege and Male Privilege
3-4 p.m. - Becoming Anti-Racist. A workshop for faculty and staff
4-5:30 p.m. - Student Activism in Turbulent Times: Promise and Challenges
6-7:30 p.m. - Beyonce Mass

See Full Schedule: Oct. 13

Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups

There are currently four groups of faculty and staff, focused on connecting faculty and staff to one another and offering support for students who identify with these groups. Existing groups include:

  • First Generation Faculty and Staff
  • International Faculty and Staff
  • LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff
  • Merrimack Professionals of Color (MPOC)

If you are interested in joining one of these groups or you have an idea for another group please email diversity@merrimack.edu.