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Celebrating Diversity at the Mount

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SPARC Mosaic Festival

A celebration showcasing African American, Caribbean, Hispanic and Asian cultures through food, music and dance, held in April during the annual Scholarship, Performance, Art, Research and Creativity (SPARC) academic festival.

Learn more about the SPARC Festival

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Social Justice Teach-In

Faculty devote a class session to a racial and social justice topic related to their discipline, and students participate in service trips.

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Intercollegiate and External Events

Conferences with other collegiate chapters of various multicultural groups.

Heritage Celebrations

  • January: Martin Luther King Jr. observance week. Read about a 2019 event.
  • February: African American History Month.
  • March: Women’s History Month.
  • May: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Mid-September-October: Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • November: Native American Heritage Month.

Organizations and Clubs That Celebrate Diversity

Center for Student Diversity

The mission of the Center for Student Diversity is to meet the needs of underrepresented and historically marginalized students by providing support, advocacy, guidance and training services for the greater Mount community. We develop students, faculty, staff and administrators who are more culturally aware and accepting of others who may be different from themselves to produce a socially justice minded environment for all.

Learn more about the Center for Student Diversity.

African Student Association

The purpose of the African Student Association is to educate the Mount community on African culture, issues and accomplishments while enriching the diversity on campus. To provide an environment rich with cultural experiences for African students and make available this cultural experience for the Mount community. We are friends of Africa and Africans coming together to celebrate and raise awareness on Africa’s diversity and heritage. The African Student Association is an organization geared towards bringing light to the issues that Africa faces by not only stating the problems but also trying to solve them. As an organization, we strive to unify the Mount community. We promote awareness through dance, music, social events, discussion forums and community service.

Contact the African Student Association.

Asian Culture Club (ACC)

The Asian Culture Club seeks to promote the unity, culture and heritage of Asian students which participates in the wider efforts to encourage and promote multicultural awareness. The purpose of the Asian Culture Club is to learn about and engage with a multitude of Asian cultures in a social, open and friendly environment. The Asian Culture Club serves as a liaison between cultures to help foster community within the Mount.

Contact the Asian Culture Club.

Black Student Union (BSU)

The Black Student Union is in effect to realize the purpose to educate its members in multiple aspects of the black community, to help acclimate black students into the wider student body of the Mount, to provide a locale where issues and concerns of the black community can be discussed in open conversational dialogue amongst students in order to discover solutions for community development, to provide a networking system, and promote group unity amongst its members.

Contact the Black Student Union.

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Caribbean Culture Club (Tri-C)

The purpose of Caribbean Culture Club is to promote awareness and unity about the Caribbean culture to the Mount community through programming and social outings.

Contact the Caribbean Culture Club.

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Integrated Learning Living Communities

As an enhancement to living in one of our residence halls students can choose to participate in Integrated Learning Living Communities (ILLCs). In ILLCs your floormates are also your classmates. You share the same faculty adviser and take at least one course each semester with other members of your community. The ILLCs are designed for you to explore mutual connections, and interact with peers and faculty around topics related to your common academic interests.

Learn more about the Mount's ILLCs

Student Organization of Latinos (SOL)

The primary purpose of the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) is to celebrate and promote an awareness of Latin American culture on campus.

Contact the Student Organization of Latinos.

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Women in Business

Advisor: Christina Green, MBA, Ph.D.

The purpose of the Women in Business organization is to:

  • Support women in business through collaborative efforts of our campus community to raise awareness of the challenges women face in the business profession and provide guidance on how to break down such barriers.
  • Provide a space for women majoring or minoring in business to connect in a community dedicated to helping one another succeed.
  • Empower women of all backgrounds to become competent business professionals and ethical leaders in today’s ever-changing world.
  • Contribute to the strategic plan of Mount St. Mary’s University through a focus on diversity and inclusion in business as it relates to gender.

The Women in Business organization welcomes all students and members of our campus community who support and promote women in business.

Women in STEM

Advisor: Rachel Harnett

WSTEM provides all students with opportunities to support undergraduate women in science and mathematics while they find faith in themselves through their vocation in science and the values instilled in them at Mount St. Mary's University. An emphasis is placed on providing mentorship: students are paired with working professionals as well as peer to peer mentorship, both of which demonstrate proven effectiveness in promoting success for women pursuing scientific careers. The group hosts events throughout the year to support career development, academic success and community. Activities include invited speakers and networking opportunities, social events, study groups and community outreach activities.

The Women in STEM organization welcomes all students and members of our campus community who support and promote women in STEM.