As the state’s public honors college, our mission is to serve the interests of the diverse people of the state of Maryland and beyond. Thus, we are dedicated to ensuring that talented faculty, staff, and students from all groups have access to St. Mary’s College and that their experiences reflect the College’s deep commitment to inclusive and equitable practices.
The Division of Inclusive Diversity, Equity, Access, and Accountability (IDE(A)2) is a reflection of the College’s commitment. IDE(A)2 is a cross-functional division that provides leadership, consultation, and assistance to the College’s various units and constituencies to support the establishment of a comprehensive and well-coordinated set of actions that focus on fostering greater diversity, equity, inclusivity, access, and accountability at all levels. IDE(A)2 assists the College in recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and providing affirming and supportive environments where all members of our College community can thrive.
At St. Mary’s College, our efforts in cultivating equitable and inclusive environments stem from a true belief in the value of the educational, professional, and personal benefits that flow from respectful, civil dialogue and engagement across lines of difference. To achieve this, we must address and remove the local, national, and global barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in higher education.
The path forward is clear and defined in the division’s vision and mission statements:
IDE(A)2 Vision: Through innovative programming and the coordination of initiatives and resources, IDE(A)2 will transform St. Mary’s College of Maryland into a nationally-recognized institution known for implementing inclusive and equitable practices to achieve academic and/or professional success for all campus community members.
IDE(A)2 Mission: To lead campus-wide efforts to create and sustain policies, initiatives, and resources to ensure that Saint Mary’s College of Maryland is a welcoming, transformative, and empowering institution where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive.