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Marist College

Undergraduate School

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3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
(845) 575-3000
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School Information
"Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs." (Source:
General Information
Marist College is current engaged in efforts to train its faculty and staff in diversity and inclusion. To assist in these trainings, the college founded the new Marist College Diversity Leadership Institute (MCDLI) to train faculty and staff in “awareness, application, and action”. Furthermore, students will be required to undergo implicit bias and diversity training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Marist College funded the new Marist College Diversity Leadership Institute (MCDLI) to train faculty and staff in “awareness, application, and action”. Students will also be required to undergo implicit bias and diversity training.
  • The Marist College Diversity Leadership Institute "brings together faculty and staff on the Marist campus who are passionate about social justice and anti-racist work to empower those of us who would like to promote equity and inclusion practices." It aims to "Ensure a diverse and inclusive community by enhancing training and educational programs that value the importance of diversity and inclusion" and "Use our intellectual and human capital to help solve societal problems by endorsing training that helps leaders promote equity in practices and policies for all in the Marist community."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Regarding its curriculum, Marist states that "[f]reshman students take a First Year Seminar, many of which encourage our students to confront issues of race and social justice from day one of their college careers." Additionally, Marist Faculty "work to create a diverse curriculum through which our students are not only exposed to a variety of cultures different from their own but are also given the opportunity to explore and confront issues of race and gender inside and outside the classroom."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Marist outlines its procedures for reporting an incident related to "discrimination, bias, and harassment" and provides a reporting form link.
  • The James A. Cannavino Library has a resource guide for the 2021-2022 Common Read ("Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man"), which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" and Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."
  • The college has a "Diversity Council," which "fulfills an advisory role to the President of the College in matters related to diversity, inclusion, and equity."
  • The college has "The Race and Gender Reading Group," which "aims to contribute to the campus discussion of these issues by providing an interdisciplinary setting in which students and faculty can look at readings together and engage in discussion of the points they raise and related topics."
  • The college hosted an "Understanding Race Lecture Series," which featured Ibram X. Kendi.
  • Marist works with the "CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion" coalition which pledges "to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace" and is a "collective of more than 350 signatories [that] includes more than 40 college and university presidents."
  • Marist provides a variety of resources on the topic of ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity, including its various centers, programs and committees.
  • The Explorations in Social Justice Conference took place on September 20, 2023, which brought "together students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and community members in an examination of social justice in the Marist and Mid-Hudson Valley community" and "engage[d] in conversations about constructing justice and promoting ally-ship to build a more inclusive community."
  • Marist provides resources for students who are underrepresented in medicine (URIM) which the college defines in part as follows: "From racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine and other health professions (including Latinx, Hispanic, Black, African American, Alaska/Hawaii Native, Native American, and Main Land Puerto Rican)."
  • The Center for Multicultural Affairs at Marist advocates "in the interest of the first generation, racial/ethnic or otherwise underrepresented student in areas of personal, social and cultural development."
Last updated November 20th, 2023
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