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 of Maryland 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 in an effort to support the College in establishing a comprehensive and well-coordinated set of actions that focus on fostering greater diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accountability at all levels. A central component of IDE(A)2’s work is to assist 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 of Maryland, our efforts in cultivating equitable and inclusive environments stems 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 and reckoning with 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.