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United States Merchant Marine Academy

Military Academy

Mailing Address
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, New York 11024
Phone
(866) 546-4778
Email address
admissions@usmma.edu
School Information
"Known for its rigorous academic program, USMMA requires more credit hours for a baccalaureate degree than any other federal service academy. This challenging coursework is augmented by the Academy’s Sea Year experience, which affords midshipmen the opportunity to acquire hands-on, real-world experiences aboard working commercial or military vessels sailing to ports around the world. Midshipmen who master this demanding curriculum earn a unique combination of credentials: a highly-regarded Bachelor of Science degree, a U.S. Coast Guard license, and an officer’s commission in the U.S. Armed Forces" (Source: https://www.usmma.edu/about). The academy has a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and a student population of 975.
General Information
A strategic plan was created for the purpose of incorporating diversity and inclusion goals. The academy is in the process of orchestrating training on concepts of diversity. This involves integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion teachings into the Educational Program for Midshipmen as part of Strategic Priority #2. The academy plans on creating a Chief Diversity Officer position in addition to engaging in other structural adjustments which promote DEI goals. See updates below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The academy committed to another step as part of its Strategic Plan's Priority #2. The goal is set to "update and refine the Academy’s brand and establish a marketing plan to facilitate recruitment and retention of diverse, highly qualified faculty, staff, and Midshipmen."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The academy set a strategic plan with a goal to "integrate elements of diversity, equality, and inclusion into the Educational Program for Midshipmen." Strategic Priority #2 prompts the academy to “promote and reinforce Academy-wide focus on issues of diversity, equality, and inclusion through integration into human resources practices and professional development programs.”
Resources
  • Strategic Priority #6 of the academy's Strategic Plan is to "leverage athletic programs to foster an environment of inclusivity and community based on the Academy’s core values."
  • According to a report by the National Academy of Public Administration (titled "U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: A Path Forward Implementation Plan"), the Maritime Education and Training Executive Review Board has created a working group to address "diversity, equity, and inclusion."
  • To "increase institutional capacity to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging," the National Academy of Public Administration recommended the academy to "create a DEIB Office staffed with individuals experienced in DEIB in undergraduate institutions of higher education, preferably with a STEM focus."
  • To achieve the goal of "supporting and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging," the National Academy of Public Administration recommended the academy to "promote, support, and provide resources and meeting spaces for student affinity groups, and consider including leadership of affinity groups as a Midshipmen leadership position or experience."
  • To achieve the goal of "supporting and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging," the National Academy of Public Administration recommended the academy to "develop and implement an Academy-wide DEIB plan aligned with the Strategic Plan, with DEIB goals, objectives, metrics, databases, and assessment tools."
  • To achieve the goal of "supporting and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging," the National Academy of Public Administration recommended the academy to "develop and implement DEIB policies and programs."
  • To achieve the goal of "collecting and analyzing performance data," the National Academy of Public Administration recommended the academy to "develop and implement DEIB assessments."
  • As part of the Marine Corps Association's "Call To Action: Race In The Marine Corps: Let’s Have The Discussion," one article asked Marines, "Is the current paucity of African American officers at the rank of Lieutenant General and above an indicator of institutional racism in the Corps, or the result of a combination of factors that lead to a shortage of qualified officers?" The article also asked, "Are incidents of 'racial micro-aggressions' indicative of conscious and unconscious racial bias in the Corps or are they symptomatic of a general rudeness and degeneration of civil behavior in the nation as a whole?"
  • Military.com reports that the Defense Department reversed a Trump administration action to "halt training on subjects including critical race theory and white privilege."
Symbolic Actions
  • The academy states that it will "create a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders."
  • To "increase institutional capacity to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging," the National Academy of Public Administration recommended the academy to "create a Chief Diversity Officer position that is part of the senior leadership team to inform decisions, policies, programs, and procedures."
  • To achieve the goal of "supporting and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging," the National Academy of Public Administration stated that the "DOT and Academy leaders should strongly and clearly communicate the value and commitment to DEIB at USMMA and DEIB’s linkages to Academy values."
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley defended the study of critical race theory in a June 2021 congressional hearing. Milley said, "So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers of being, quote, ‘woke’ or something else, because we're studying some theories that are out there."
  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in June 2021, "We do not teach critical race theory, we don’t embrace critical race theory and I think that’s a spurious conversation...We are focused on extremist behaviors, and not ideology, not people’s thoughts, not people’s political orientation."

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