Afghanistan refugee making a difference in Marymount’s DEI Center

Afghanistan refugee making a difference in Marymount’s DEI Center

  In late August of last year, Muzhgan Yarmohammadi was fleeing her native Afghanistan and everything that she knew as the country collapsed to the Taliban after decades of conflict and the withdrawal of U.S. troops. With uncertainty clouding her future, she – and her family – then spent several months transitioning from place to […]

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MU commemorates National Day of Racial Healing with campus, community members

The National Day of Racial Healing on January 18, 2022

  On Tuesday, Marymount University hosted virtual events with students, staff, faculty and community members to encourage honest conversations and opportunities to build trust in commemoration of the National Day of Racial Healing.  “On this day, we gather together with our diverse religious and spiritual traditions to condemn racism in all its forms,” explained Shannon […]

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Marymount to launch Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center

Marymount University to launch Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center

Art credit: Jason Ford (@jfordtheartist) In the latest example of Marymount University’s commitment to raising awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, the institution has been selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to host a new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. With $25,000 in funding to support the […]

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MU holds first-ever Cultural Graduation Reception in celebration of diverse students

Marymount University hosts its inaugural Cultural Graduation celebration.

  The Dean of Students, Equity & Inclusion Office at Marymount University hosted the institution’s first-ever Cultural Graduation Reception on Thursday afternoon, offering an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of first-generation students and Saints from underrepresented groups in an intimate and inclusive environment. The Class of 2021 cultural celebration, which was held virtually for both […]

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Sesame Street nonprofit names MU alumna as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Wanda Witherspoon

  Wanda Witherspoon, a graduate of Marymount University, has been selected to lead racial justice work as the new Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) at Sesame Workshop. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind the beloved television program, Sesame Street.  Witherspoon graduated from Marymount with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Affairs. […]

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Standing in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American community at MU

You Belong Here mural at Marymount University

  The following is a letter from Brooke Berry, Marymount University’s Dean of Students, Equity and Inclusion, which was sent to all students, faculty and staff this March. As COVID-19 has spread across the world, there has been an increase in anti-Asian violence and harassment. Hate has no place at Marymount University. Founded by the […]

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Dean of Students, Equity and Inclusion at MU selected as “40 Under 40” honoree

Brooke Berry poses on the campus of Marymount University alongside logos of the Norther Virginia 40 Under 40 list, Marymount University, Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax

  Brooke Berry, the Dean of Students, Equity and Inclusion at Marymount University, has been named as an impactful leader in the 2021 Northern Virginia “40 Under 40” list by the Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax.  Since 1992, the Leadership Center for Excellence has been the region’s trusted resource for leadership development and […]

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MU hosts events in celebration of Black History Month

Black History Month Photo

  The origin story of National Black History Month dates back to 1915, and has strengthened from that time to the present day. Historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded what is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and in 1926, launched the first Negro History […]

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center opens as hub for intercultural engagement

Sign "You belong here!" Photo

  “Marymount University honors our diversity as a source of strength, and it seeks to achieve unity through that diversity,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University.   On Friday, Marymount unveiled the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Center, located on the first floor of Rowley Hall. The opening marks a milestone in providing […]

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Marymount listed as first Hispanic-Serving Institution in Virginia

Students at Ballston Campus Photo

  Achieving a significant enrollment milestone this fall, Marymount University has become the first higher education institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia to qualify as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). As defined in Title V of the Higher Education Act, HSI’s are not-for-profit, accredited institutions of higher learning with a full-time equivalent undergraduate student enrollment that […]

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