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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

open discussion at a DEI event

MCLA is committed to creating a campus culture that values, represents, and honors diversity. We actively endeavor to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff. 

MCLA fosters meaningful dialogue both in and out of the classroom in order to encourage critical awareness, respect, and appreciation for similarities and differences. We strive to critically address dynamics of inequality, and encourage collaboration and purposeful engagement to achieve social justice on campus and in the community.

Words into actions

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MCLA is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive campus community where all students, faculty, and staff have the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to live in a diverse, globally integrated world. The Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is an integral aspect of this work

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Day of Dialogue: Creating change through community action and organization

This year's theme encourages exploration into the many ways that community organizing can empower us to make change, here at MCLA and in all of the communities of which we are a part. 

Our current student community

54%
First Generation Students
15%
Students with a Disability
25%
Students of Color

 

Newsworthy DEI Stories

Artwork on campus
MCLA BCRC takes on social issues, and the community joins in

MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center produced an extensive slate of virtual programming, exhibitions, and discussions this academic year, all focused on using art as a catalyst for advocacy and a deeper understanding of current social issues like immigration, racism, and public health.

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MCLA Volunteer Center builds on existing work with new programs, virtual connections

Before the pandemic, the MCLA Volunteer Center was running regular weekly programs, with participation from more than 200 student volunteers and community members. The COVID-19 pandemic forced it to pivot, but the staff and student volunteers rose to the occasion, expanding food pantry access, developing virtual programming, and keeping as much of its usual activities going as possible despite pandemic restrictions.

Black history month

MCLA recognizes and celebrates Black history in February and all year, and we are grateful for the contributions of our Black students, faculty members, and colleagues.