Diversity & Inclusivity

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusivity is devoted to enriching the lives of all students by focusing on diversity, inclusion, equity, academic assistance, scholarships, leadership training, and community service.

Scholarships

The Cecil College Foundation is the parent organization for students seeking need-based and merit scholarships. The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusivity and the Multicultural Student Services Advisory Board (MSSAB) assist with raising funds for:

In addition, Cecil College is privileged to receive scholarship support from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The Iota Alpha Lambda Chapter awards a full tuition scholarship to two male underrepresented students per academic year. Students also receive full funding for textbooks.

In 2020, the Cecil Pride Scholarship was added to the list of available scholarships through the Cecil College Foundation. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student who identifies as LGBTQIA+, with preference given to a student who is also a Cecil County resident enrolled in a STEM program of study. The scholarship provides $1000 to a student, and the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students must apply through the Cecil College Foundation.

Students wishing to learn more or apply for any of the above-mentioned scholarships should contact the Coordinator of Student Diversity and Inclusivity, Mayra Castillo, at mcastillo@nullcecil.edu.

The Cecil County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is committed to promoting higher education to Cecil County students. The Branch provides a $500.00 education award and a one-year NAACP Youth Membership to a deserving student. Students should contact their high school Guidance Counselor to learn more or receive an application.

Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program

Cecil College offers a Peer-to-Peer Mentorship program for all underrepresented students (Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders and Military-Related students). New Cecil College students are paired with more seasoned students to assist them in finding academic resources to help them succeed.

  • New and returning students interested in the Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program should contact Mayra Castillo to be paired with a mentor or to apply to be a mentor.
  • Students are also encouraged to attend Student Success Workshops. These range in topics from Time Management Skills, Understanding a Syllabus, Breaking Down the Grade with a Math Professor, Understanding Satisfactory Academic Progress, Learning Memory Tips, Financial Literacy with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union (APGFCU), Q&A’s with High Achieving Students, and How to Cope with Test Anxiety.
  • The Advising Office, Career Services Office and Disability & Support Services also facilitate additional workshops such as Degree Pathways, Resume Writing, and Mental Health.

Leadership Conferences and Events

Underrepresented students are highly encouraged to attend at least one leadership conference or event each semester. Participation and exposure to networking with other Cecil College students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders are essential and vital to student’s academic and professional success. Conferences attended in the past include but are not limited to:

  • West Chester University Latina/o Communities Conference
  • Male Students of Color Conference at Montgomery College
  • Student Leadership Conference
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Banquet
  • Community College Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis
  • The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Scholarship Banquet

Multicultural Student Union (MSU)

Open to all Cecil College students, the Multicultural Student Union sponsors annual celebrations and values diversity in social, cultural, educational, and volunteer activities. The club assists in the planning and coordinating of multicultural programs and activities, such as:

  • Hispanic Heritage, Native America Heritage, Holidays Around the World, Black/African American Heritage, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Irish Heritage, Asian Heritage, Women’s Heritage, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and others
  • Monthly Heritage Library displays with books, films, and other cultural resources

Cecil International Affinity Organization (CIAO)

Open to all Cecil College students, the Cecil International Affinity Organization is dedicated to increasing global awareness. CIAO organizes programs emphasizing cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

  • Club members meet to discuss global issues, a student’s country of origin if they are international students, or if their families have strong ties to their native countries.
  • Students also meet to teach other students about cultural differences around the world and learn to embrace the differences and similarities they share.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Cecil College Student Life offers a comprehensive list of resources/available support for LGBTQ+ students both on campus and at local, regional, and national levels. In addition to resources, Cecil College also provides gender-neutral bathrooms on our North East and Elkton Station campuses.

Seahawk Pride Club

Open to all Cecil College students, the Seahawk Pride Club is a student group for LGBTQ+ students. It is a social, support, and solidarity group that meets once every two weeks. Activities include discussions, speakers, film screenings, mentoring, campus activism, and field trips.

For more information, please contact Student Life at studentlife@nullcecil.edu.

Multicultural Student Services Advisory Board (MSSAB)

This Advisory Board to the College is comprised of Cecil County and College representatives. Cecil Faculty, Staff and Community members join the College in recruitment and retention initiatives for underrepresented students, faculty and staff. The Board also reviews and offers input for the College’s submission of the Cultural Diversity Plan to the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The Board meets on a quarterly basis to receive College and community updates and to organize scholarship initiatives for The Eva M. Muse Memorial Scholarship and The C. Laney Hoxter Memorial Scholarship.

If you are interested in joining MSSAB, please contact Mayra Castillo at mcastillo@nullcecil.edu or call (410) 287-1043 for additional details on how to get involved.

Reporting Discrimination, Harassment or Hate Crimes on Campus

Formal protocols exist for any student enrolled at Cecil College to report discrimination, harassment or a hate crime. For more information, contact Student Life at studentlife@nullcecil.edu.