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Maryville University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
650 Maryville University Dr
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
(314) 529-9300
Email address
School Information
"Founded in 1872, Maryville University is located in the west St. Louis County suburb of Town and Country, just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Maryville University as the second fastest-growing university" (Source: Maryville University has an enrollment of 10,500, of which 5,600 are undergraduates and 4,900 are graduates. Offering over 90 degree programs, the school has a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.
General Information
Maryville University has enacted numerous DEI and anti-racism initiatives. This includes the creation of a Multicultural Scholars Program in addition to faculty and staff orientation training. Funding has been given in order to provide scholarships for multicultural students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university offers a Multicultural Scholars Peer Educators Workshop.
  • Maryville has a Multicultural Scholars Program in which students "illustrate their training in the program by becoming a peer educator and developing workshops around social justice, diversity, and inclusion" through required coursework.
  • Marvyille committed that by 2022, it will "deliver a set of intentional professional development programs that engage staff, faculty and students regarding the dimensions of working with and serving a diverse campus community."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Maryville committed that by 2022, the school will "deliver orientation training for all new employees on understanding the dimensions of working with a multicultural student body."
Program and Research Funding
  • Maryville committed that by 2022, the school will "make multicultural endowed scholarships a central element of our capital campaign and set a goal of $5,000,000 for such an endowment."
  • Maryville has a multicultural scholarship that awards recipients up to full tuition, room & board. Criteria include: demonstrate solid high school academic preparation, leadership qualities, and a "commitment to actively contribute to building an inclusive campus culture at Maryville".
  • The university has a list of resources for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Maryville has a reading list on racism and white fragility.
  • The university has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion which offers resources "to help promote a diverse campus community, create greater access to higher education among underrepresented student groups, and foster meaningful dialogues, programs and partnerships in support of academic excellence and inclusivity."
  • The university states, "The CTL book corner was created by and is facilitated by former Maryville Vice President of Academic Affairs, and current Senior Associate of the Finch Center for Teaching and Learning, Mary Ellen Finch. As a passionate anti-racist, Mary Ellen has made it her charge to expose as many in our community to the truths of white fragility.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has several student organizations, including Leaders for Equity Advancement and Diversity Council.
  • The school committed that by 2022, the school will "expand the multicultural scholars program to include a faculty mentor to help support the students in their academic endeavors, their career development and preparation."
  • Maryville had created a goal to "create a 2 + 2 program for underrepresented men and women in partnership with the St. Louis Community Colleges in selected disciplines" in 2016.
  • InclusiveMU Ambassadors are student employees who assist the Office of Diversity and Inclusion with "creating a campus environment that is inclusive for all identities through research, presentation development, and workshop facilitation on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice."
  • In June 2020, Maryville posted on Instagram three books the university recommends everyone read to "open [themselves] up to listening and understanding how to be a better ally, a better neighbor, and a better friend." The three books were "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi, "A Kids Book About Racism" by Jelani Memory.
  • Maryville offers a bunch of DEI workshops, including REAL Week and Perspectives WEEK.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university states that it "Maryville University regards diversity and inclusion as core principles of our learning environment, and multicultural understanding as an essential measure of student success. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is actively focused on creating a campus community respectful of all identities, and encourages our students to engage in meaningful cultural experiences throughout their Maryville journey."
  • Mayville released an article titled "Promoting a Culture of Inclusion," discussing how the university was awarded the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The article went on to describe how the newly appointed director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion "plans to implement an extended orientation program for first-generation college students, students of color and students from underrepresented groups" and "plans to incorporate aspects of current events and anti-racism into existing programming and events."
  • On June 1, 2020, Maryville released a statement saying, "The events of the past few weeks and the horrific killing of George Floyd have exposed the scourge of racism and exclusion in American society."
Last updated April 26th, 2024
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