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Stonehill College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
320 Washington Street
Easton, Massachusetts 02357
Phone
(508) 565-1373
Email address
admission@stonehill.edu
School Information
"Founded as a Catholic college in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Stonehill’s holistic approach is guided by the principles of education and faith. Our students grow into global citizens who value knowledge, integrity and compassion as they seek to create a more just society. Stonehill professors emphasize critical analysis and creative thinking while mentoring students in more than 100 academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business and pre-professional fields. Located between Boston and Providence, Stonehill is a Massachusetts college that provides students with an array of research and internship experiences on campus and nearby metropolitan areas. Stonehill has earned national recognition for our international study and intern abroad programs, which present our students with a world of opportunities" (Source: https://www.stonehill.edu/about-stonehill/). Stonehill's total undergraduate enrollment is 2,500 and the student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.
General Information
In response to the movement for anti-racism, Stonehill has created the Institutional Diversity Action Committee and has led other related initiatives. The college offers a great deal of diversity programming. Additionally, Stonehill offers numerous degrees and academic programs related to social justice and DEI. All student leaders are required to take diversity and inclusion training. All students are required to have diversity and inclusion education as part of orientation. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Stonehill has an Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill Leadership Program, which comprises "current Stonehill students who serve as mentors to students who have an interest in diversity and activism." The advocates are trained in "serving as resources to the greater Stonehill community in addressing issues of diversity and social justice."
  • Stonehill holds an annual Conference on Diversity and Inclusion where participants "engage in interactive workshop sessions, learn about diversity at Stonehill, and strengthen your commitment to activism and justice."
  • As part of the 2018-2020 Institutional Diversity Action Committee Plan, the "Senior Leadership Team will participate in ongoing professional development to engage in training and discussion on topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity at Stonehill College."
  • As part of the 2018-2020 Institutional Diversity Action Committee Plan, "all students will engage in diversity and inclusion education as part of their orientation to Stonehill College" and "student leaders will engage in diversity and inclusion education as part of their required training."
  • As of 2020-2021, the Student Affairs leadership will "ensure that professional development and ongoing work related to DEI remains a top priority" and will "ensure student leader engagement in topics of anti-racism and social justice."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Stonehill offers a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Graduate Certificate Program.
  • Stonehill offers an Inclusive Education Master's Degree Program which maintains a "focus on equity, social justice, diversity, and accessibility." For this degree, Stonehill offers a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Specialization.
  • As part of the 2018-2020 Institutional Diversity Action Committee Plan, "faculty will review and revise introductory and general education courses so that they engage students in topics of race, privilege, social justice, and multiple cultural perspectives in the various disciplines."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Office of Intercultural Affairs seeks to review curriculum and ensure diversity and inclusion topics are included. The OIA's Inclusive Excellence Grant "can provide funding for faculty and student initiatives meant to engage the community in conversations around diversity."
Resources
  • As a diversity resource, the Stonehill library featured a list of books that an article writer for Bustle listed, titled "10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read."
  • Stonehill provides numerous resources for diversity.
  • Stonehill has an Institutional Diversity Action Committee which "is charged with prioritizing and monitoring the implementation and progress of the recommendations and plans set forth to enhance and demonstrate the College’s commitment to diversity, specifically related to ethnically and racially underrepresented groups."
  • Stonehill has a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Achieving Connection and Empowerment at Stonehill (BACES) Mentoring Program for students.
Symbolic Actions
  • On October 5, 2020, Stonehill held a virtual "Purple Table Talk" which is a "forum on racial justice."
  • On December 3, 2020, the university hosted a Part 3 of its Speaker Series which was titled, "Exploring Diversity through Children's Books: Realizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in our Schools."
  • In 2012, the college founded the Provost's Advisory Committee on Diversity which "seeks to improve classroom climate across campus, increase the curriculum's engagement with the experiences and issues of underrepresented populations, and to build a more diverse faculty."
  • The 2020-2021 Student Affairs Commitments include the commitment that the "Student Affairs leadership will increase awareness of ongoing divisional efforts relative to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice." The Student Affairs leadership will also "partner with on-campus colleagues and surrounding communities on various initiatives to further DEI efforts both on and off campus."
  • On June 1, 2020, the president released a statement of solidarity after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery by saying, "Once again, we must confront the hard truths about racial inequities and injustices that impact people of color throughout our country."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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