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The mission of the Mercy College of Ohio Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to promote the academic and personal growth of all students regardless of variations in thoughts, experiences, values and traditions.
To fulfill this mission, programs and services are offered that promote, enhance and strengthen diversity awareness, inclusion, high student retention, persistence, and graduation.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with other campus constituencies to encourage the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented groups, incorporation of diversity in the curriculum and identify and remove barriers to student success.
Mercy College Diversity Statement
Mercy College of Ohio strives to be an inclusive environment in which faculty, staff, students and the greater community are respected and embraced regardless of variations in thoughts, experiences, values, and traditions.
The Mercy College of Ohio Multicultural Center, located in Madison 5617, was created to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for students, faculty, and staff to gather, celebrate and support all persons regardless of variations in thoughts, experiences, values, and traditions. The Multicultural Center offers programs and services that promote and enhance multicultural awareness, respect, and appreciation.
Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Statement
Mercy College of Ohio is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the bases of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, and any other legally-protected class in admissions and educational programs, services and activities, in accord with applicable federal and state law.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training and Education
The Diversity and Inclusion office is coordinating with partners across campus to provide training and skill development opportunities to help create a community where people’s differences contribute to further learning and advancements in all fields of study and patient care. The Diversity and Inclusion office supports professional and career development, leadership development, and culture change initiatives. Additional information and resources are noted below.
Faculty, students and staff members have access to a variety of resources at Mercy to help enhance their awareness and understanding of issues related to diversity, and inclusion. From general awareness to developing bystander intervention skills to connect with others across our vibrant community, there are many opportunities available.
A variety of trainings/workshops are available to faculty, students and staff. Training/workshop topics include unconscious bias, intercultural awareness, bystander intervention and more.
- Unconscious Bias In Everyday Life
- Bystander Intervention Skills
- Disability Awareness and Etiquette
The online module titled, "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): The Basics - Part 1," provides an introductory look at our initiative and helps clearly define what we mean by “diversity and inclusion.” For group conversations or meetings, discussion guides for facilitators and participants are available for use.
A new online module titled, "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): The Basics - Part 2," examines how our social identities impact diversity, equity, and inclusion at Mercy College of Ohio. For group conversations or meetings, discussion guides for facilitators and participants are available for use.
- Inclusion Insights video series: This series of 25 short videos offers a unique, micro-learning approach to diversity, equity and inclusion education. The videos were created by and feature Dr. Steve Robbins, a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on diversity and inclusion. Each video is less than three minutes long and the series includes titles such as, “Defining Diversity,” “Comfort Zones” and “Being Aware of Being Unfair”
- The videos have been organized to align with the new Lifelong Learning model to help address the specific goals of the university’s DEI initiative
- You can watch these videos on your own or with your team using the accompanying conversation cards
- New Heritage Month video series: This series of videos, created by diversity trainer Dr. Steve Robbins, celebrates occurrences such as Black History Month (February), Women's History Month (March), LGBTQ+ Pride Month (June). Each month, a new set of videos will be available for viewing. Heritage Month Video Schedule:
- February: Black History Month
- March: Women's History Month
- April: Diversity Education MonthMay: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- June: LGBTQ+ Pride Month
- September: Hispanic Heritage Month
- October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- November: Native American Heritage Month
Content coming soon!
Mercy will use a framework to help guide the learning and development for faculty, staff, and students as it relates to diversity and inclusion. This framework is based on the principle that learning is a lifelong journey. This framework was developed by the University of Michigan.
Six Domains of DI Lifelong Learning
There are six key areas of focus for learning and growth related to our diversity and inclusion initiatives. These domains list the behavioral expectations for our faculty, staff, and students as we seek to create a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment.
- Continuously pursues self-awareness
- Exhibits DI-related knowledge and intercultural responsiveness
- Listens inclusively and seeks diverse feedback and engagement with others to understand differences
- Takes action to promote an inclusive culture at Mercy College of Ohio
- Addresses and resolves conflicts
- Aligns with institutional commitment
Three Stages of Lifelong Learning
Individuals progress through stages of:
- Awareness: focusing on oneself and becoming more conscious of actions, thoughts, or emotions
- Practice: repeatedly engaging in a behavior or activity, for the purpose of improving or to change
- Modeling Behaviors: demonstrating a desired behavior, thought, or attitude that others may need to acquire, exhibit, or change
How Behaviors Align to the Model
For each of the six domains of DI Lifelong Learning, there are behaviors that demonstrate each of the three stages. These behaviors can be used to assess and individual’s current status and help identify areas of growth and development.
EXHIBITS INTERCULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS
LISTENS INCLUSIVELY & SEEKS DIVERSE FEEDBACK
PROMOTES INCLUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS
ALIGNS TO INSTITUTIONAL COMMITMENT
Training and Educational Resources
The following resources are currently available to faculty, students and staff to help enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI):
Pathway to Success
The Pathway to Success Scholarship Program serves to educate, engage, and empower first-generation, multicultural, and under-resourced students who have a passion for healthcare and service to others.
Through campus partnerships and open-dialogue, scholar-participants will take part in an integrated approach to their education through:
- Identity Development—Scholars will define who they are and what they see as their contribution to society.
- Leadership Development—Scholars will explore various forms of leadership and identify ways to apply this in on-campus and in their local communities.
- Academic Progress—Scholars will explore and use academic resources that lead to success in the classroom.
Who is eligible?
The program is designed for scholars that are/have:
- First-generation college student with less than 30 credit hours
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 or GED Score of 530
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,000 or less
With a plan to pursue a land-based Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in the following:
- Nursing (AAS, BSN)
- Health Sciences (AS)
- Biology (BS)
- Radiologic Technology (AAS)
- Completed Application - Apply now!
- Completed FAFSA
- Written Essay – Part of the Application
Deadline to apply for the Pathway to Success program is December 14!
To learn more, contact: