St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a place where people are engaged in an ongoing dialogue that values differences and the unique contributions of others’ talents, backgrounds, customs, and worldviews. On these grounds, the beginnings of religious tolerance, racial justice, and gender equality in the State of Maryland were born. Learn more about social justice pioneers, Mathias DeSousa and Margaret Brent.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland: Mission, Values, and IDEs Theme
As highlighted in its mission statement and core values, the College is committed to providing learning opportunities (in and outside the classroom) that enhance each member’s ability to positively interact with diverse individuals. To demonstrate this commitment, for the 2017 -18 academic year, the College has organized Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEs) programming around the theme: Unmasking Oppression: Bringing Back Humanity to the Conversation. This theme will explore definitional issues, historical and contemporary encounters of various forms of oppression, and strategies (interpersonal and institutional/systematic) for addressing these issues/encounters. This systematic and collaborative focus aligns with the College’s Strategic Plan to engage the campus around IDEs and prepare students to abate social injustices. In addition to upcoming events and programs, all SMCM community members will be completing an online training module from DiversityEdu.
My time as a student at St. Mary's was a life learning experience. I had a chance to study with top-notch professors and I had outstanding students in my classes and in the Spanish club. All the members of the college are fascinating human beings from the cooks to the members of the board; they are always trying to help you succeed in life! I am currently teaching at a university in Argentina and working for the international department of that university. Every day I put into practice what I was taught at St. Mary's
International Exchange Student (2005-06)