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Campus Diversity & Inclusion

A commitment to diversity and inclusion is part of the DNA of McDaniel College. From its beginnings, the College offered entrance to all students without regard to race, religion, color, gender, or national or ethnic origin. It became the first coeducational college south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and one of the first coeducational colleges in the nation. We strive to continue this tradition today by committing ourselves to being a diverse and inclusive community.

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An Inclusive Admissions Process

We realize that to ensure a truly diverse and inclusive campus, we must evaluate the point of entry to the college. Our admissions process is designed to identify and eliminate implicit bias and provide all applicants with a fair review. In addition to comprehensive training for admissions staff, we regularly review our admission policies and practices with the goal of increasing access. As part of these efforts, McDaniel has committed to:

  • A comprehensive and holistic review of every applicant that includes review of not just GPA but high school curriculum, out-of-class experiences and responsibilities (this includes traditional co-curricular experiences like student leadership and athletics as well as non-academic or co-curricular responsibilities such as work or taking care of a family member), letters of support and personal circumstances as revealed through essays.
  • A need-blind admissions process, where a family's wealth is not considered when an application is reviewed. At McDaniel, family income has no bearing on acceptance.
  • The elimination of an application fee.
  • A test-optional admissions policy, which allows students to determine if they would like to submit their test scores.
  • Utilizing applicant's Preferred Name on salutations in communications from the admissions office.

Additionally, McDaniel College admissions staff works hard to cultivate relationships with school counselors so that counselors feel comfortable advocating for students throughout the admissions process.

    A Diverse Class Class of 2023

    The Fall 2019 entering class was the most racially diverse in the college's history, reflecting our commitment to making McDaniel a diverse and inclusive community. However we recognize that our institutional profile does not yet reflect the diversity of our country and we are committed to expanding our efforts. Please note that all data is self-reported through the application.

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    Professional Support Offices That Support Diversity & Inclusion Mentorship & Development

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    Supporting Our Students Office of Diversity & Inclusion

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides visible leadership and direction for the College’s efforts on behalf of diversity and inclusion.

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    Student Accessibility & Support Services

    Students with neurological differences are supported through our Student Accessibility & Support Services office. 

    Diversity in our Academic Curriculum

    Students must have an understanding of the world within and beyond the United States to develop into critical, sensitive, respectful, and compassionate global citizens.A McDaniel education is multicultural and international in scope. For this reason, students are required to complete one course with a multicultural focus, and two courses with an international or cross-cultural focus.

    • Multicultural: Multicultural education will give students an understanding of the cultural pluralism of American society. Multicultural courses focus on the cultures and experiences of diverse groups in the United States that have been historically subordinated or marginalized and defined by such categories as race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and disability. Students must complete one course with a multicultural focus.
    • Global: International courses examine the perspectives and customs of cultures outside the U.S. or the relationship between the U.S. and foreign cultures. Students must complete two courses with an international focus. One of these courses must be non-Western—that is, it must examine the cultures of Asia, Africa, the indigenous Americas, or the Pacific Rim, either exclusively or in explicit comparison with other regions.

    Our Academic Affairs division also sponsors trainings for new and returning faculty on implicit bias, micro-aggressions and various other topics that prepare our faculty to handle our diverse student population.

    Developing a Thriving & Diverse Campus

    Our commitment to develop a thriving diverse campus is supported by three main initiatives; a hiring plan designed to recruit faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds, ongoing training opportunities for faculty and staff, and structural committees to engage in ongoing, collaborative work.

    Hiring Plan

    Our hiring plan recommends recruitment procedures intended to result in equitable representation of protected classes in the faculty, administration, student body, and staff.  It commits all of us to apply the spirit of equality in the total life and work of the College.

    Through guidelines for enlightened recruitment, selection, placement, and employee development, the College’s hiring plan goes beyond equal employment opportunity in the effort to set an example for our campus and community at large.  
    McDaniel College uses a search committee structure for selection and hiring decisions.  As part of the search committee responsibilities, all members must complete a training designed to incorporate equal opportunity strategies throughout the entire process beginning with evaluating the required qualifications of the job to the actual hiring decision itself.  Topics of education include the College’s policy on equal opportunity hiring, implicit bias and how to minimize their own influences, how to objectively evaluate candidates, how to design interview questions that create a fair and objective opportunity to demonstrate job-relevant competencies, strategies to avoid questions that are prohibited by state and/or federal regulations and considerations for job advertisements that will pool a diverse group of job applicants.

    Training Opportunities

    McDaniel is committed to proactively offer trainings that help our staff and faculty understand and actively participate in our diverse community. Recent trainings have included:

    • Generation Z
    • Structural Inequality and Classroom Strategies
    • The Struggle is (Still) Real:  Mental Health and Disabilities on Campus
    • LatinX/Hispanic Students: Best Practices and Promise for Our Growing Population
    • Case Studies on Tackling Your Classroom Cultural Conflicts

    Structural Committees

    The College has a committee structure to further facilitate work supporting a diverse campus community.

    The Faculty Inclusion and Diversity Committee is a standing committee with four elected faculty members, a staff visitor and an administrator visitor.  The work of this committee promotes the hiring and retention of an inclusive and diverse faculty; reviews and recommends policies promoting intercultural competence and inclusion in the classroom and academic programs; fosters faculty awareness of best practices for inclusion and diversity in pedagogy and campus life.

    The Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) is a larger advisory committee with a cross-section of faculty and staff as well community partners including the local Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, Family and Children’s Services and the Westminster Police Department.  This committee makes recommendations on policy, program planning and general philosophy related to developing a community that is free from gender-based misconduct. The work of the CCRT Committee is also guided by a joint federal grant supported by the Department of Justice in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women.