In the spring of 2011, Saint Mary’s released its new Academic Blueprint, which, along with a newly created core curriculum, was designed to advance academic excellence and achievement at the College.
Created in 1973 to boost minority enrollment, the High Potential Program has become integral to Saint Mary’s efforts to diversify its campus and support its Lasallian mission.
Student Life, working together with a number of campus partners, has established programs and measures that are helping to create a safer, more inclusive community for students.
The Interactive Theatre Troupe was created in 2009 with an exploratory grant from CCIE to put together programs addressing campus conflicts and issues of inclusive community.
Saint Mary’s created the Bias Incident ResponseTeam (BIRT) in 2011. BIRT has been an important step in creating a living and learning community that is safe and where its members are respectful of each other.
Participation at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the nation’s leading forum addressing race and ethnicity issues in higher education, has become an annual event for Saint Mary’s staff, students and faculty since 2008.
The Intercultural Center is expanding its corps of student leaders to run programs and to help create a climate of inclusiveness throughout the campus.
Saint Mary’s is now in its fourth year of conducting A Campus of Difference, a daylong workshop for faculty and staff designed to create community and begin discussions on the meaning and value of a diverse and inclusive community.
Although the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has existed since 1999, its ability to serve students has increased dramatically in recent years, especially after its move to central campus in 2010.
The goals for interfaith engagement of the Saint Mary’s College community are two-fold: foster a culture of interfaith dialogue and interreligious understanding and prepare students to engage the religiously diverse world in which they live.
The Intercultural Center (IC) has become a gathering place for many students and, through its programs, offers them a chance to explore diverse aspects of their evolving identity and build community through engaging with others.
Over the past four years, CCIE has funded a variety of initiatives, devoting an annual budget of $40,000 to do so.