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Our Core Values place inclusive excellence at the center of our culture as a Catholic, Mercy university.
Inclusive excellence recognizes that to successfully advance our mission we must value, engage, and include the rich diversity of all the members of our community: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university.
Creating a culture of inclusive excellence begins with infusing diversity and equity into the GMercyU’s admissions, hiring, and promotion processes. It is strategically integrated into the curriculum and co-curriculum, our student development and leadership, and into our administrative structures, practices, decision-making, and culture.
Inclusive excellence is central to GMercyU’s mission to develop students with successful careers and meaningful lives in a global society. Challenging all community members to engage in this collaboration and transformative personal and professional work will help us continue to build a true Mercy community.
A component of the Office for Student Engagement, CORE Programs aims to educate the GMercyU community in topics relating to our Core Values and our focus on the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.
Anti-Racism in Action Website
CORE Programs and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion created this site to help facilitate learning and provide a non-comprehensive list of resources on understanding racial/cultural trauma. It includes toolkits and trainings; Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) resources; coping strategies; outside therapists; and ally resources.
In response to the alarming number of anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the pandemic, CORE Programs created this toolkit to share the steps you can take towards advancing change and awareness.
Providing space for students to come together, spread awareness to the community at large, and help propel our University forward:
See a recent example of a GMercyU student organization in action:
GMercyU Raises Progressive Pride Flag on Campus for LGBTQ+ Awareness Week
NEW! Weaving Equity into Leadership
This powerful student program aims to assist you in developing a greater understanding of your personal identity, better understand your role as a leader in a diverse Mercy community, and to help you learn how to utilize your own skills, knowledge, and resources to support the development of your peers. Using the Speak Out e-course called "Race, Power, and Privilege," we hope you will learn to:
Student leaders of student organizations, RAs, SGA, OAs, SAAC, and selected student athletes are invited to participate. *This program is a collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Office for Student Engagement.
NEW! Student Diversity Council
Comprised of the leaders of diverse student organizations, the Student Diversity Council's mission is to support and create a space where diversity-focused student groups can collaborate, communicate, and build community. The goals of the council are:
*This program is a collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Office for Student Engagement.
Integrated Studies at GMercyU is a student-centered, inclusive post-secondary program for individuals aged 18-26 with intellectual disabilities. This program is designed to provide excellent opportunities in education, career development, and social participation within an inclusive academic setting.
In the Mercy tradition, our Campus Ministry team seeks to be an open and affirming presence for all, promoting the search for spiritual growth with an emphasis on service to society.
Through various student, staff, and faculty projects, GMercyU support the Mercy Focus on Haiti: A group of Sisters of Mercy, friends, and colleagues walking with the Gros Morne, Haiti community.
A Community Resource Group (CRG) consists of staff and faculty who work together to promote the university’s mission and values, and raises awareness and understanding of issues affecting traditionally underrepresented groups and their allies.
Policy: The University recognizes a group that successfully completes the Community Resource Group recognition process as a CRG. See entire policy here.
Scope: This policy applies to all active employees. CRG status is not available to commercial, political, or social groups.
Implementation: The responsibility for reviewing, approving, and implementing the CRG Policy rests with the AVP of Diversity Equity and Inclusion in consultation with the AVP of Human Resources.
Spectrum Steering Committee (CRG)
The mission of this CRG is to encourage and support LGBTQ+ and allied employees and to utilize their resources and tools to foster community among LGBTQ+ and allied faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University. For more information or to contact the group, please email email@example.com.
The purposes of the association shall be:
As a Mercy community, we stand committed to our undocumented and DACA students. We support you and are committed to your success. Your initial point of contact for related questions is Tatiana Diaz, AVP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, 215-646-7300 x21073.
The point of contact will:
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Led by Tatiana Diaz, AVP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the working group is charged to develop concrete steps and metrics of progress for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at GMercyU. The group: