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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Military Academy

Mailing Address
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532
Phone
(508) 830-5000
Email address
admissions@maritime.edu
School Information
Massachusetts Maritime Academy was founded in 1891 and is the second oldest state institution for maritime education in the United States. "The mission of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to provide a quality education for graduates serving in the merchant marine, the military services, and those who serve the interests of the Commonwealth, Nation and global marketplace. The Academy does so by combining a rigorous academic program with a regimented lifestyle that instills honor, responsibility, discipline, and leadership" (Source: https://www.maritime.edu/mission-planning). The student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. The total undergraduate enrollment is nearly 1,700 and the academy offers 7 undergraduate degrees in 5 fields of study.
General Information
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has created its "President's Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." The academy has also set goals to incorporate inclusive excellence in school policies and planning. DEI training is offered and encouraged for faculty and staff. The academy has stated that it will be reviewing its institutional policies with an equity lens. See updates below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • As part of the academy's Voyage Plan, the academy will "explore and build retention efforts to close the opportunity gap among the demographics of the Equity Agenda."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • One curricular objective of the academy is Civic and Global Learning, which "reflects the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities necessary for participation in civic and democratic life. It includes awareness, understanding, and appreciation of social and political values as well as respect for diversity and inclusion."
Program and Research Funding
  • The academy has a goal to "advance a common agenda for Inclusive Excellence that aligns institutional strategies with statewide initiatives to transform diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of the institution." The academy goes on to state that "the focus areas of this common agenda include recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students of color, a climate of inclusion, enhanced community engagement, and review of university infrastructure."
Resources
  • The academy tweeted, "Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a training called 'The Evolution of #DEI and #HigherEducation.'"
  • As part of the academy's Voyage Plan, the academy will "re-energize the President’s Task Force for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." Additionally, "the Task Force will make recommendations based on the data collected for the 2021 Climate Survey."
  • As part of the academy's Voyage Plan, the academy will "increase programming and initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness and intercultural competence."
  • As part of the academy's Voyage Plan, the academy will "develop an internal equity audit by reviewing all institutional policies and procedures through the equity lens and make recommendations."
  • The academy said, "The President's Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves the Academy by: Identifying strategies/activities in support of the success of all students and employees by, on an ongoing basis, 1) generating and reviewing relevant institutional data; 2) collecting and reviewing information on institutional best practices, and 3) identifying and studying relevant organizational reports and literature; Advocating issues of diversity for faculty, staff, and students; Reviewing policies and procedures as they pertain to the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; Providing and coordinating support services to ensure all faculty, staff, and students are heard and are part of an inclusive environment; Monitoring enacted strategies/activities for progress in meeting desired outcomes."
  • The academy said, "The Task Force seeks to increase awareness of diversity and maintain an inclusive environment through: Sponsoring of programming for all members of the Academy; Creating professional development opportunities; Recognizing faculty and staff that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity; Publicizing information about diversity-related events throughout the campus; Encouraging a wide spectrum of diversity within the Academy."
Symbolic Actions
  • The academy holds "Open Talk" forums titled, "Real Talk." The academy says, "The goal is to discuss current events and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society."
  • The academy created the "President's Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" in order to promote diversity and inclusion through planning.
  • The academy has an Office of Intercultural Engagement which seeks to “provide faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to support and embrace the intersections of culture and identity to create a community that is inclusive to all populations at the Academy.”
  • The academy states on its website that, “Through the vision and practice of inclusive excellence, the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. Making excellence inclusive is thus an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities. Likewise, enhancing inclusive excellence is directly in line with the objectives of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Equity Agenda. Inclusive excellence must become a priority in all aspects of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.”
  • As part of the academy's Voyage Plan, "enhancing inclusive excellence is directly in line with the objectives of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Equity Agenda." Furthermore, "inclusive excellence must become a priority in all aspects of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy."
  • The Office of Intercultural Engagement stated, "In striving for social justice, it is essential that we promote unity, equity, and inclusion in our effort to denounce racism and every form of discrimination in our society." The Office goes on to say, "Our efforts to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across our campus community are supported by various roles and functions."
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