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Diversity and Inclusion at Marist

Resources for LGBTQ+ and Gender Diversity

Marist strives to be a safe and welcoming community for all its members.  The LGBTQ population can find a strong sense of community in Marist Fox Pride, a gay men’s spirituality group, a strong network of Allies, the College’s annual participation in the New York City Pride March, and in events like our annual LGBTQ and Ally reception during Reunion/Homecoming Weekend.  Promoting women’s leadership is also one of the institution’s key commitments, and for more than a decade, the Marist Professional Women’s Mentor Program has provided female administrators with mentorship and professional development opportunities in a supportive environment.  In addition, our annual Women & Society Conference has been examining issues of gender from an academic perspective for more than a quarter-century.

Resources at Marist: 

  • Marist Fox Pride - LGBTQ+ student activist group. Marist Fox Pride commits itself to the education and activism of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

  • Center for Multicultural Affairs - Plans and implements educational, cultural, social programs on diversity to facilitate cross cultural dialogue for the entire campus. The CMA houses resources for LGBTQ+ education.

  • Marist LGBTQ+ Alumni Facebook Group - Marist alumni can serve as a great resource to students, faculty, and staff.

  • Marist Ally Network - The goal of this program is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of persons who can provide support, information and a safe place for LGBTQ persons within our campus community. Those who have committed to being allies indicate that bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated.

  • maristfemme - The sexualization and objectification of women's bodies in today's society incurs shaming effects. In response, a new group on Marist's campus, maristfemme, has begun to lead conversations about these issues and to create a space for authentic images of feminine empowerment.

  • Marist Women's Leadership Program - The Marist Women's Leadership Program furthers Marist's diversity initiatives by offering women administrators opportunities for professional development. The program encourages leadership development through educational events, training, and relationship building.

  • Gender Inclusive Bathrooms on Campus

    • Donnelly Hall - Lower Level
    • Music Building - 4th Floor
    • Buildings A, B, C, & D
    • Leo Hall - Lobby Area
    • Marian Hall - Lobby Area
    • Sheahan Hall - Ground Floor
    • McCann Center - 1st Floor

Academic Opportunities:

  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies DepartmentWomen's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, located within the School of Liberal Arts, is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on gender as a significant cultural and cognitive category. The minor prepares students for fields such as communication, counseling, criminology, education, health, journalism, law, politics, psychology, and applied sociology. 

  • Race and Gender Reading Group (RGRG) - The Race and Gender Reading Group (RGRG) aims to contribute to the campus discussion of these issues by providing an interdisciplinary setting in which students and faculty can look at readings together and engage in discussion of the points they raise and related topics.

Outside Resources:

  • The Center - Provides groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs and serves as an incubator for grassroots groups such as the AIDS activist group ACT UP and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the principal organization combating homophobia and stereotyping of gays in the media.

  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - The leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students.

  • Human Rights Campaign - Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights.

  • Wage Project, Inc. - A 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-deductible organization established for one purpose: to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. To do that, WAGE inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she's worth.

  • American Association of University Women - Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

  • Women in Higher Education - A monthly practitioner's news journal, designed to help smart women on campus get wise about how gender affects their being successful in the male-dominated world of higher education. Its goals are to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus. By sharing problems and solutions, women can learn to talk back, refuse to accept blame and quit taking guff from people who are less enlightened.

  • Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center - The Hudson Valley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community Center is located in Kingston, NY.