Diversity in Action

Marist Branch Campus in Florence Italy

Diversity Facts about Marist College 2010 pdf

Marist Mosaic Event, October 2010

On Friday, October 8, 2010, the Affirmative Action Committee and the Office of Human Resources sponsored the first annual Marist Mosaic event. This event sought to bring together various groups of people at the College to maintain our sense of Community that is emphasized in the College's values statement. The event brought more than 50 staff, administrators, and faculty members together to learn more about each other and to enjoy live jazz music performed by "Tenure Track". This event will be the first of a series of events that will allow individuals to network with colleagues that they might not have known.

The results are in for the Spring 2010 "Diversity in Action" Photo Contest! 
Congratulations Brother Mike, Krista and Bernadette!

1st place – Brother Michael Flannigan, FMS, Campus Ministry

2nd place - Krista Acuzar, Student

3rd place - Bernadette Tamara Heydt, Student

All other submissions will be spotlighted in this section throughout the year.

Brother Michael Flannigan

Brother Flannigan took each of these photos: 1. Rickshaws/tricycles waiting to transport people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2. Chiang Mai, Thailand. People praying and offering at the Buddhist Temple, 3. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Two little children, the girl dressed in tribal dress (Karen tribe); 4. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Beginning of a Catholic mass with the Bishop of Colombo with traditional Sri Lankan dancers celebrating the International convocation of the Marist Brothers General Conference, 5: Phnom Penh: Young Buddhist monks begging for alms for the poor. 

Download Flash to view the movie.

Krista Acuzar


"This is a picture of the Madrid students from Marist riding camels on the beach during sunset in Morocco, Africa. We stayed in Morocco for 4 days with host families and learned a lot about the culture with a Morocco Exchange Program. Our group leader was a Peace Corp. veteran and he immersed us into the Moroccan culture by doing various activities, one of which was a camel ride."


"This is a picture of from the Madrid Study Abroad Fall 2009. It is a picture of my friend and a host mom on Thanksgiving. We were able to teach our "senoras" (host moms) what Thanksgiving was and what we typically eat in the United States at the dinner."

Bernadette Tamara Heydt


 "I took this photo in Istanbul, Turkey. Its a cultural reference towards, not only Turkey's native cuisines, but the countries way of selling products. With such grace and balance this Turkish man gives you a true insight on how Turkey expresses a flare that no other country can parallel."

Marist attends the Catherine Street Community Center's 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration on January 22, 2010 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.  

MLK Breakfast Jan 2010 

Photo courtesy of Desmond Murray, Assistant Director of Field Experience for the Center for Career Services at Marist College.

Marist's Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Luncheon 2009

Download Flash to view the movie.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Luncheon at Marist College was held on October 21, 2009. The guest speaker was Carolina Felix '04, an attorney in NYC. At the luncheon Carolina provided inspiration to Marist staff and students by sharing her story as a Hispanic female.

Marist Explores South Africa in 2009

Narrative by Edward Summers, Presidential Fellow

Download Flash to view the movie.

This year Marist students spent three weeks in South Africa for an academic trip with an emphasis on social responsibility. Throughout the spring 2009 semester, students attended lectures by South African natives, government officials, and other students who have studied in South Africa. While in South Africa, the students attended many lectures given by South African scholars, visited historic sites, and engaged in field research for their individual projects/research papers. The interesting aspect of this trip is that while it is academically focused, it allowed students the opportunity to conduct community service work in several of the many poor townships. In addition students visited four Marist Brothers Schools while traveling in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg.

This trip allowed students the opportunity to understand issues facing South Africans and South Africa. At the conclusion of the trip, students were able to plug their South African experience into the big picture: an understanding of the social and economic differences that exist in the global society. Issues of social justice, equality, wealth, politics, culture, and history were paramount to this experience abroad. This trip was led by Eddie Summers '04,'06M, MPA, Ph.D. Candidate in Urban and Public Policy, The New School and Presidential Fellow/Adjunct Professor of Political Science.

Exploring Peru

Narrative by Elisabeth W. Tavares, Special Assistant to the President

Download Flash to view the movie.

During the summer of 2008, my husband and I spent 10 days in Peru. We first visited Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cusco is 10,800 feet above sea level, so to prevent altitude sickness you have to either take medicine or chew coca leaves. We also visited the nearby Sacred Valley, which is full of Incan ruins and religious sites. The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly Macchu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. It was constructed in 1462 at the height of the Inca Empire and abandoned less than 100 years later. It is so impressive that the pictures can't really do it justice. Our trip also brought us to Lima, Peru's vibrant capital, which was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro. Lima's highlights included the historic downtown and the church where St. Martin de Porres lived. The food in Peru was delicious, ranging from lamb stew in Cusco to fresh seafood in Lima, and the people were kind and welcoming. I highly recommend a visit!