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Diversity at Marist

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Diversity at Marist

At Marist, we strive to create an environment that reflects the diversity of our nation and the world, ensuring that all members of our community feel welcomed, valued, and supported. A diverse and inclusive community allows our students to develop the qualities they need for effective collaboration and leadership in today’s global society. The College is committed to expanding access to education and to fostering a culture of active engagement, reflection, and growth in the Marist community.

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Graphic of: More than 50% increase in diversity over a decade. 14.4% in 2008. 22.9% in 2018.

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Diversity Leadership

Freddimir García

Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement 

Freddy García was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in July 2017. In this Cabinet-level role, he is responsible for providing leadership, innovation, and vision to promote diversity and inclusion among all constituents of the College. In addition, he is also responsible for serving as a liaison to the community, representing the President at local and regional events and developing key relationships that advance the Marist mission. Freddy is a two-time graduate of Marist College with his B.S. in business and his Master’s in Business (MBA) with a concentration in financial management in 2009 and 2014, respectively.  He also holds a professional certificate from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations on Diversity and Inclusion. 

 

Addrain Conyers

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion

Addrain Conyers is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Chair of Criminal Justice Department.  In January 2018 he was appointed to Director for Academic Diversity.  In this role, he advises the President on campus diversity and inclusion initiatives to help drive organizational change.  His main responsibilities center on academic recruitment and retention, as well as inclusion initiatives.  Addrain is also tasked with the integration of diversity efforts throughout the academic enterprise, in keeping with the College's Strategic Plan 2018-23. Addrain completed his undergraduate work at Boston College and received a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on criminology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He has been at Marist since 2012.
 

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Additional Resources

American Talent Initiative

I am pleased to announce that Marist is joining the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a consortium of top colleges and universities committed to expanding opportunity and access to higher education. The goal of ATI is to enroll and graduate 50,000 additional highly talented, low- and moderate-income students by 2025.

The invitation to join ATI is a great honor for the College, as it gives us an opportunity to help address issues of income inequality and social mobility in the United States. There is incredible untapped talent in many of our nation's communities, and ATI seeks to harness it by expanding students' access to top-performing institutions, where they are most likely to graduate. Membership in ATI is limited to high-performing colleges and universities that graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years. As such, this initiative allows Marist to partner with some of the country's most prestigious schools, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford.

ATI's focus will be three-fold: 1) a sustained national campaign to raise awareness about the talent in low-income communities and create momentum among higher education leaders to act on improving access and success for lower-income students; 2) setting aspirational, measurable goals to reach our national target of 50,000 additional students by 2025 and sustaining that increase thereafter; and 3) research and knowledge dissemination to identify and promote replication of effective practices and elevate ATI member efforts.

ATI is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, working in concert with the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R. I am proud to join with my fellow college presidents to find practical and results-oriented solutions to the challenge of access to higher education. We know that this country is at its best when every young person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential and play a constructive role in our society. As Marist begins its work with ATI, I look forward to updating you on our progress. You can learn more about ATI at americantalentinitiative.org.

David Yellen
President, Marist College

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

Earlier this year, Marist joined CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, a growing coalition of employers pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Marist President David Yellen has been deeply committed to increasing diversity at the College since taking the helm in 2016. The collective of more than 350 signatories includes more than 40 college and university presidents. Participating colleges and companies have shared more than 300 best known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities, and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com. The actions showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. A recent study found that 85 percent of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation.  

The College is currently conducting a campus climate survey and has sought ways to increase the diversity of its workforce. Moving ahead, the College will utilize data from the campus climate survey to inform new diversity initiatives. The actions from CEO Action partners will also be integral to this work. 

“A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity,” said Garcia.
 

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 U.S. States, and millions of employees globally. www.CEOaction.com

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct including sexual assault, dating/relationship violence, domestic violence, and stalking are violations of Marist's standards of conduct and the State of New York Penal Code. Members of the college community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence and any form of gender-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. When a responding party is found to have violated this policy, sanctions will be imposed based on the nature of the case. This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated. The sexual orientation and/or gender identity of individuals engaging in sexual activity is not relevant to allegations under this policy.

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Climate Survey

Your College, Your Voice

As you know, Marist is committed to fostering a campus climate that is welcoming to all, grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, and characterized by civil interaction. Creating and maintaining an environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is a critically important part of the College's educational mission.

During the 2018-19 academic year, Marist will undertake a vital and relevant climate assessment. I consider this climate survey to be an investment in the College's future, an opportunity to have a positive impact and help create a more inclusive campus. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates have conducted more than 170 campus climate assessments over the last 20 years, and their approach is based on solid academic research.

A team from Rankin & Associates will work with a committee of faculty, staff, and students led by Freddy Garcia and Addrain Conyers to develop and implement the assessment. Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, but I hope you will choose to participate. The results will help us to both identify areas in which inclusiveness can be improved and to replicate programs and policies that have proved successful in meeting the needs of the Marist community.

I hope you will join me in supporting and participating in this important effort.

David Yellen
President, Marist College

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Reporting An Incident

The Office of Student Conduct separates college’s reporting structure into the categories listed below.  If you have questions or concerns about which report to use, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.

The ability to investigate reported incidents, enforce the College's Code of Student Conduct, and protect the College community depends on the accuracy and specificity of the information provided. You are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible to best aid in the investigation. While it is beneficial to our investigation to identify yourself, you do have the option of completing this form anonymously, but this may limit the College's ability to investigate and resolve the incident.

Report a Non-Academic Violation

Non-academic violations include any behavior that is not related to an allegation of cheating or plagiarism (e.g. alcohol, drugs, harassment, vandalism, disorderly conduct, FYI, etc.). If you have questions about whether a behavior is considered a violation, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.

To report alleged non-academic misconduct, please use the Online Reporting Form.

Report Concerning, Worrisome, or Threatening Behaviors

For information on what is meant by concerning behavior, please visit the college’s Assisting Students of Concern page. Specifically, you may find it helpful to review information on When to Refer a Student. Faculty, staff, students, and guests are encouraged to use the online referral form to report behavior that they perceive as concerning, worrisome, or threatening.

To report concerning, worrisome, or threatening behaviors, please use the Student of Concern Online Reporting Form.

Report an Academic Integrity Violation

Academic violations include cheating, plagiarism or falsifying official records related to the College. General classroom misbehavior is considered a non-academic violation. If you have questions about whether a behavior is considered academic misconduct, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.  Additional information is included on the Academic Integrity website.

Please use the Academic Integrity Violation Form to notify the Office of Student Conduct of a violation.  In addition, faculty also will need to fill out the Faculty Adjudication Form and submit this to the Office of Student Conduct.