We respect and honors the dignity and value of every human being. We aspire to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community...

- Part of the Marymount Manhattan College Inclusivity Statement

Student Development and Activities hosts a variety of diversity and inclusivity programs throughout the academic year. With speakers, workshops and social and cultural events, students have ample opportunity to immerse themselves in the college’s rich array of activities. The programs offer enhanced student learning and help students develop their sensitivity as citizens of a global society.

We continue to celebrate annual events like the programs listed below. In addition to heritage programming, Student Development and Activities sponsors events related to current experiences. If you have a programming suggestion please email activities@mmm.edu. Check out the calendar, Facebook and the ‘What’s Happening at MMC’ tab for more events.

Zone Trainings and Inclusivity Workshops

Student Development and Activities offers a number of trainings and workshops throughout the academic year for students to develop and enhance their awareness, sensitivity and knowledge about diversity and inclusion.

Safe Zone Training

A program designed to visibly identify students, faculty and staff members who support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning (LGBTQ+) population, understand some of the issues facing those individuals, and make aware the various LGBTQ+ resources. The three-hour training session will provide a basic foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ+ students and those questioning their sexuality. Participants will be required to attend the full three hours.

Ability Zone Training

An introductory workshop about stigma, disability and supporting/advocating for the disability community. It will address the harmful first messages we receive about people with disabilities, different types of disabilities and the ways in which we can disrupt ableist culture on and off campus. This workshop is 1.5 hours and can be tailored for your office, department, RSO, organization, etc. You are encouraged to stay the whole time, but are welcome to come for as much of it as you can.

Diversity Zone Training

A program designed to visibly identify individuals who understand, support and are aware of some of the issues surrounding race, ethnicity and class. This program is three hours and will provide a basic foundation of knowledge for all participants and some ways to be an ally. We encourage individuals to be a part of this workshop as very few colleges in the country are currently offering such training. Participants are required to attend the full three hours.

Ability Zone Training 2.0

In conjunction with members from the Office of Academic Access and Disability Services, Ability Zone Training 2.0 provides a more in-depth look at the topics and discussions explored in the first iteration of this training. Previous attendance at Ability Zone Training is suggested but not required.

Zone Trainings and Inclusivity Workshops

Student Development and Activities offers a number of trainings and workshops throughout the academic year for students to develop and enhance their awareness, sensitivity and knowledge about diversity and inclusion.

Diversity 101

Designed to be accessible for individuals who are eager to learn about these topics but don’t know where to start, Diversity 101 is an introductory workshop to diversity/inclusion concepts and how they shape our world. This workshop is interactive and will provide participants with an understanding of vocabulary and how to identify/disrupt “isms” in their everyday lives. Diversity 101 is a one-hour workshop; attendees are encouraged to stay for the entire time.

Inclusivity and Microagressions

Inclusivity and Microaggressions is an introductory workshop created to help participants understand, recognize and disrupt microaggressions on campus. This workshop is 1.5 hours and will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of what microaggressions are, how they are connected to larger systems of oppression and provide them with conversational tools for addressing microaggressions. It can be tailored for students or staff/faculty and is designed to be interactive and accessible to all who wish to participate.

Pronouns in Practice

Pronouns in Practice is an introductory workshop created to educate people on the proper use of pronouns in everyday life. It will address different ways a person may use gender-neutral pronouns, how language has evolved, the ways in which language intersects with privilege and oppression and how our community can support its gender non-conforming and trans* members. This workshop is two hours and is designed to be interactive, accessible and can be tailored for your office, department, RSO, organization, etc. You are encouraged to stay for the whole time, but are welcome to come for as much of it as you can.

Identifying Intersectionality

Identifying Intersectionality is an introductory workshop created to help participants further understand how privileged and oppressed identities coexist in one person and work to shape their interactions with society. This workshop is 1.5 hours and designed to challenge people’s preconceived notions about identities in an accessible and interactive way. It can be tailored for your office, department, RSO, organization, etc.

September 15 - October 15

Latinx Heritage Month

MMC recognizes the contributions of Latin/Latinx Americans to the United States. The 'x' at the end of the word Latin is used in lieu of the ‘o’ to offer a gender-inclusive option of Latina or Latino.

November 1 - November 31

Native American Heritage Month

MMC recognizes the contributions Native American/ Indigenous Peoples have made to the United States.

February 1 - February 28

Black History Month

MMC recognizes the contributions Black/African Americans have made to the United States.

March 1 - March 31

Womxn's Herstory Month

MMC recognizes the contributions that women-identified people have made to the United States. The 'e' is replaced by an 'x' in the word Women to be more inclusive of those across the gender spectrum.

May 1 - May 31

APIDA Heritage Month

MMC recognizes the contributions of Asian Americans to the United States. In this context, APIDA stands for Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans.

June 1 - June 30

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

MMC recognizes the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to the United States. Typically Pride Month is held during the month of June; however, because MMC is not in session during June, we celebrate Pride Month in May.

Marymount Muscle and Volunteer Opportunities

What is Marymount Muscle?
Marymount Muscle is MMC’s revamped community service program that provides opportunities for MMC students to volunteer at various community based organizations located throughout New York City. The primary objective of Marymount Muscle is to provide meaningful and engaging service related opportunities for all Marymount Manhattan students.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity but not sure where or how to start your search?
Take the first step by reviewing the upcoming Marymount Muscle-sponsored community engagement events. These events are sponsored and led by Student Development and Activities team members.

  • RSOs/Organization representatives, staff and faculty members, department representatives and RAs are invited to register their events as Marymount Muscle Events by completing and submitting a Marymount Muscle Registration Form.
  • For individual community engagement opportunities, look at the volunteer opportunities list that will include SDA vetted, external opportunities.

Get Involved!
There are several events hosted by Student Development and Activities each month which will give students plenty of opportunity to give back to the community and become eligible for their own Marymount Muscle T-Shirt!

Alternative Breaks Programs

On a typical night in Boston, 6,135 people are homeless. As it stands, 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger. Hunger and homelessness are so prevalent in American society that the issues are highlighted in a national week of awareness.

Alternative Winter Break: D.C.
Thursday, January 16 thru Monday, January 20
Issue Area: Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alternative Spring Break: Boston
Sunday, April 5 thru Thursday, April 9
Issue Area: Hunger and Homelessness

What is an Alternative Breaks Program?
Alternative Breaks Programs are intended to challenge you to reflect critically upon your role in the community through service, activism, inquiry and leadership. Trips provide opportunities to explore social, economic, political and cultural issues through unique immersion experiences that facilitate critical thinking and the exchange of ideas.

What do I need to know before I apply?

  • Participation in an Alternative Spring Break Program requires time, energy, and commitment. Each participant must make a commitment to the duration of the program. Withdrawing at any point could jeopardize the trip for all participants.
  • Each participant must pay a Student Participation Fee to participate. These funds will be used to offset the overall cost of the program including transportation, housing, meals and program fees.

APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Attend one of the scheduled Information Sessions to gain access to the Application:

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Cafe Room
  • Friday, September 13 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Regina Peruggi Room
  • Alternative Spring Break 2019

    Puerto Rico

  • Alternative Spring Break 2019

    Puerto Rico