Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

“When Cecil College transforms the lives of students we serve, we transform communities.”

— Dr. Mary Way Bolt, President

At Cecil College, we believe that diversity should be visible, valued, and sustained throughout the organization. We will continue to uphold and champion diversity, inclusion, and equity as a vital part of our mission, vision, core values, and culture.

Student Resources

Cecil College offers underrepresented students numerous resources to help them reach their goals in their education.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Our scholarships for underrepresented students make it possible for more people to afford funding their education.

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College Initiatives

In an effort to strengthen our community, Cecil College has various initiatives in place to make sure all are included.

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Student Resources

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.

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 Latinx 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.

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.

Allies Club

Open to all Cecil College students, Allies 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.

Disability and Support Services

The role of Disability and Support Services is to assists the College in complying with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provide appropriate accommodations and support services for students with documented disabilities, work with Advising to assist with course selection and registration, and maintain and protect the confidentiality of students' records.

Veteran and Service Member Resources

Cecil College is a member of the State of Maryland's College Collaboration for Student Veterans. Every effort is made to ensure the educational success of our returning Veterans, including their recruitment, successful transition to higher education, retention and eventual graduation.

Diversity & Inclusivity Subject Guide

The Cecil College Library’s Diversity & Inclusivity Subject Guide collects resources on but not limited to: gender equality, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, various cultural communities, and inequalities in social services. Resources include articles, websites, videos, etc. that are freely available on the web, as well as resources such as e-books and database articles which are only available to the College Community. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the Cecil College Library at library@nullcecil.edu.

Community Alliances & Sponsorships

  • Multicultural Student Services Advisory Board (MSSAB)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Elkton
  • APG Federal Credit Union
  • Elkton NAACP
  • Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride

Scholarship Opportunities

Cecil Pride Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student who identifies as LGBTQIA+ with preference to a student enrolled in a STEM program of study. Preference is given to a Cecil County resident; recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to a student who identifies as LGBTQIA+. Apply at www.cecil.edu/scholarships.

The Eva M. Muse Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student. Students of color will be given first priority for this scholarship. First priority will be given to Cecil County residents, then Maryland residents, then out-of-state residents. The program focus is Education majors. If there are no students qualified in this program, recipient(s) must be registered in a classified program at Cecil College. The credit load is a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester. The grade point average (GPA) minimum is 2.5 to be eligible for consideration; minimum of 2.0 to continue to receive scholarship assistance. Only students who establish a financial need on the basis of completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible to apply for a Muse scholarship. The recipient(s) must demonstrate community service. Apply at www.cecil.edu/scholarships.

C. Laney Hoxter Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student. Students of color will be given first priority for this scholarship. The recipient must be enrolled in a degree program at Cecil College and must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Apply at www.cecil.edu/scholarships.

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. Students wishing to learn more can 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)

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.

College Initiatives

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

The task force, which meets regularly, is comprised of faculty and staff and allows Cecil College to continue, and further deepen our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for students, employees and community members.

The task force, along with already established committees across campus, is integral in continuing to promote a culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are ingrained in everything we do.

In addition to the main Task Force, subcommittees exist in the following areas: Employee Development (recruitment, retention); Climate & Culture (review of institutional policies and practices); Professional Development (employee training); Data Assessment (routine assessment of current data).

Inclusivity Collaborative

The Inclusivity Collaborative is a voluntary group of Cecil College staff and faculty who share an interest in fostering a more accepting and supportive campus environment. Open to all College faculty and staff, this group advances initiatives that address the heightened divisions among different communities in the United States in a way that positively encourages growth on our campus.

Inclusive Campus Commitments

Cecil College seeks to foster respectful dialogue between members and guests of the campus community with diverse perspectives and experiences. Thus, the College has created guidelines for civil discourse.

Faculty & Staff Training

Professional Development & Workshops

"Unleashing the Power of Inclusion"
External partner, HR and Co., delivers this foundational and fundamental training that allows us to create a common language and understanding around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Addressing foundational awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion, topics include self-awareness and reflection, the power of inclusion, and how to lead and partner inclusively. (October/November 2020)
"Race in the Classroom"

A voluntary professional development workshop for faculty, centered around strategies proposed in Cyndi Kernahan’s book, Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom. Sponsored by The Cecil College Inclusivity Collaborative. (August 2020)

Allies Training
22 of Cecil's faculty and staff participated in a training in LGBTQ+ terminology, concepts, and core issues. They are now equipped to actively support LGBTQ+ students on campus, and welcome conversations with LGBTQ+ students and allies. (March 2020)

Safe Colleges

Our online SafeColleges Training Employee courses are developed to keep our employees safe on campus and to ensure compliance with federal and state legislation, such as Title IX, FERPA, the Clery Act, VAWA, EEO, HIPAA, and more!

Cecil College policies that all employees acknowledge on a yearly basis through Safe Colleges:

  • Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
  • Conflict of Interest and Ethical Disclosure
  • Reporting of Wrongful Conduct and Whistleblower Protection
  • Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Policy
  • Affirmative Action

Safe College webinars that all employees take on a 3-year basis:

  • General Ethics in the Workplace
  • Diversity Awareness Staff-to-Staff
  • Discrimination Awareness in the Workplace
  • Workplace Bullying: Awareness and Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment Staff-to-Staff
  • Making Campus Safe for LGBTQ+ Students
  • Making Schools Safe and Inclusive for Transgender Students
  • Sexual Violence Awareness

Policies

Non-Discrimination Policy

Cecil College prohibits discrimination against any member of the College community or any applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic status, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Recruitment & Hiring Policy

Cecil College recruits and hires faculty and staff on the basis of job-related selection criteria, demonstrated ability, experience, and training. Cecil College is committed to employing qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law.

Milburn Stone Theatre

Our production and casting staff employ a color-blind casting approach. Colorblind casting ensures that we are casting the most appropriate actor in each role. We are working with a former Milburn Stone Theatre actor and stage manager who will be directing our first production focused on the black community. We are also reaching out to other BIPOC individuals who have worked with us in the past to engage them in conversation regarding what MST can do moving forward as well as what they would like to see on our stage and participate in.

Student Resources

Student Resources

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.

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 Latinx 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.

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.

Allies Club

Open to all Cecil College students, Allies 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.

Disability and Support Services

The role of Disability and Support Services is to assists the College in complying with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provide appropriate accommodations and support services for students with documented disabilities, work with Advising to assist with course selection and registration, and maintain and protect the confidentiality of students' records.

Veteran and Service Member Resources

Cecil College is a member of the State of Maryland's College Collaboration for Student Veterans. Every effort is made to ensure the educational success of our returning Veterans, including their recruitment, successful transition to higher education, retention and eventual graduation.

Diversity & Inclusivity Subject Guide

The Cecil College Library’s Diversity & Inclusivity Subject Guide collects resources on but not limited to: gender equality, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, various cultural communities, and inequalities in social services. Resources include articles, websites, videos, etc. that are freely available on the web, as well as resources such as e-books and database articles which are only available to the College Community. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the Cecil College Library at library@nullcecil.edu.

Community Alliances & Sponsorships

  • Multicultural Student Services Advisory Board (MSSAB)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Elkton
  • APG Federal Credit Union
  • Elkton NAACP
  • Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities

Cecil Pride Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student who identifies as LGBTQIA+ with preference to a student enrolled in a STEM program of study. Preference is given to a Cecil County resident; recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to a student who identifies as LGBTQIA+. Apply at www.cecil.edu/scholarships.

The Eva M. Muse Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student. Students of color will be given first priority for this scholarship. First priority will be given to Cecil County residents, then Maryland residents, then out-of-state residents. The program focus is Education majors. If there are no students qualified in this program, recipient(s) must be registered in a classified program at Cecil College. The credit load is a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester. The grade point average (GPA) minimum is 2.5 to be eligible for consideration; minimum of 2.0 to continue to receive scholarship assistance. Only students who establish a financial need on the basis of completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible to apply for a Muse scholarship. The recipient(s) must demonstrate community service. Apply at www.cecil.edu/scholarships.

C. Laney Hoxter Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a Cecil College student. Students of color will be given first priority for this scholarship. The recipient must be enrolled in a degree program at Cecil College and must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Apply at www.cecil.edu/scholarships.

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. Students wishing to learn more can 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)

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.

College Initiatives

College Initiatives

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

The task force, which meets regularly, is comprised of faculty and staff and allows Cecil College to continue, and further deepen our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for students, employees and community members.

The task force, along with already established committees across campus, is integral in continuing to promote a culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are ingrained in everything we do.

In addition to the main Task Force, subcommittees exist in the following areas: Employee Development (recruitment, retention); Climate & Culture (review of institutional policies and practices); Professional Development (employee training); Data Assessment (routine assessment of current data).

Inclusivity Collaborative

The Inclusivity Collaborative is a voluntary group of Cecil College staff and faculty who share an interest in fostering a more accepting and supportive campus environment. Open to all College faculty and staff, this group advances initiatives that address the heightened divisions among different communities in the United States in a way that positively encourages growth on our campus.

Inclusive Campus Commitments

Cecil College seeks to foster respectful dialogue between members and guests of the campus community with diverse perspectives and experiences. Thus, the College has created guidelines for civil discourse.

Faculty & Staff Training

Professional Development & Workshops

"Unleashing the Power of Inclusion"
External partner, HR and Co., delivers this foundational and fundamental training that allows us to create a common language and understanding around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Addressing foundational awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion, topics include self-awareness and reflection, the power of inclusion, and how to lead and partner inclusively. (October/November 2020)
"Race in the Classroom"

A voluntary professional development workshop for faculty, centered around strategies proposed in Cyndi Kernahan’s book, Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom. Sponsored by The Cecil College Inclusivity Collaborative. (August 2020)

Allies Training
22 of Cecil's faculty and staff participated in a training in LGBTQ+ terminology, concepts, and core issues. They are now equipped to actively support LGBTQ+ students on campus, and welcome conversations with LGBTQ+ students and allies. (March 2020)

Safe Colleges

Our online SafeColleges Training Employee courses are developed to keep our employees safe on campus and to ensure compliance with federal and state legislation, such as Title IX, FERPA, the Clery Act, VAWA, EEO, HIPAA, and more!

Cecil College policies that all employees acknowledge on a yearly basis through Safe Colleges:

  • Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
  • Conflict of Interest and Ethical Disclosure
  • Reporting of Wrongful Conduct and Whistleblower Protection
  • Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Policy
  • Affirmative Action

Safe College webinars that all employees take on a 3-year basis:

  • General Ethics in the Workplace
  • Diversity Awareness Staff-to-Staff
  • Discrimination Awareness in the Workplace
  • Workplace Bullying: Awareness and Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment Staff-to-Staff
  • Making Campus Safe for LGBTQ+ Students
  • Making Schools Safe and Inclusive for Transgender Students
  • Sexual Violence Awareness

Policies

Non-Discrimination Policy

Cecil College prohibits discrimination against any member of the College community or any applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic status, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Recruitment & Hiring Policy

Cecil College recruits and hires faculty and staff on the basis of job-related selection criteria, demonstrated ability, experience, and training. Cecil College is committed to employing qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law.

Milburn Stone Theatre

Our production and casting staff employ a color-blind casting approach. Colorblind casting ensures that we are casting the most appropriate actor in each role. We are working with a former Milburn Stone Theatre actor and stage manager who will be directing our first production focused on the black community. We are also reaching out to other BIPOC individuals who have worked with us in the past to engage them in conversation regarding what MST can do moving forward as well as what they would like to see on our stage and participate in.

Events

  • Teaching about Race and Racism Effectively, Cyndi Kernahan

    Teaching about race and racism can be difficult, eliciting strong emotions as students struggle to reconcile their previous beliefs with what they are learning. Drawing from both the research literature as well as from her own experience, Cyndi provides evidence for how learning works with respect to race and racism along with practical strategies for facilitating learning. In doing so, she focuses on providing a compassionate classroom environment for both the students and the instructor as well as drawing important distinctions between the experiences of White people and people of color.

  • Monthly Event
     FEB 25, 2021

    Black History Month Event

    Black History Month Event

    "Daughters of the Underground", A group of women who walked the 116 mile stretch of the Underground Railroad from Harriet Tubman's childhood home at the Brodess Plantation to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where she first achieved freedom.

    An opportunity for Cecil's students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn more about Harriet Tubman and her fight for freedom. The Panel will discuss their research before the event, and the museums they visited before embarking on their walk from Cambridge, Maryland to Philadelphia. They will share their research before starting their walk, what they learned along the way, and future projects as they plan to walk to Canada where Harriet Tubman lived part of her life.

  • Staff & Faculty Event
     FEB 3, 2021

    Bias and the Student Experience, Cyndi Kernahan

    Bias and the Student Experience, Cyndi Kernahan

    Racism, stereotyping and bias on college campuses have all been well-studied and well-documented. But despite their important implications for students, these experiences are often not as well understood by faculty and staff, especially on predominantly White campuses. Translating the research, Cyndi Kernahan will explain how bias, at both the individual and institutional levels, affects students and their educational outcomes and what we can do to become more fair and more just in our work with students.

  • Library Book Club Meeting/Discussion: Book of the Month

    This book club is one of several initiatives of the Inclusivity Collaborative of Cecil College. The goal of this book club is to find, read, and discuss titles that foster an awareness of social justice topics. These topics will include, but not be limited to, disparities experienced by groups due to oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion. Cecil College faculty and staff are invited to attend virtual meetings and to participate in online discussion boards.

  • Heritage Celebration: Holidays Around the World

    An opportunity for students, faculty & staff to share their own family traditions around the holidays via photographs. The Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusivity shared photographs, videos, music, and information on holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Mexican Posadas, and Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, among others.

  • Heritage Celebration: National American Indian Heritage Month & Veteran’s Day

    National American Indian Heritage Month

    November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. The College utilized the National Congress of American Indians and The National Museum of the American Indian websites to create awareness for Cecil College students, faculty, and staff as well as the larger community.

    Veteran’s Day

    Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, the people who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veteran's Day 2020 at Cecil College was celebrated by honoring students, faculty, staff, and family members who are Veterans. A presentation of photographs of Veterans along with a description of where they served was shared with the Cecil community (students, faculty & staff).

  • Decision 2020: The Future of Community Safety, a Virtual Discussion

    Representatives of local law enforcement, community activism, social work, and domestic and international criminal justice faculty tackle the important issue of the future of community safety. Q & A following the presentations:

    • 21st Century Policing: Challenges and Opportunities as We Move Forward, Sheriff Scott Adams
    • Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and the Community, Reverend Kevin Brown
    • Developing an Effective Partnership with Local Law Enforcement: One Crisis Center's Experience, Edgar Wiggins
    • Police and the Community: Repairing the Cultural Divide, Ashley Fundack
    • Policing Culture and the Culture of Policing: What We Can Learn about Policing by Looking Abroad, Aaron Fichtelberg
  • Student Event
     OCT 2020

    Movies For Mental Health Online

    Movies For Mental Health Online

    Connecting ourselves and others through short films about mental health and working to eliminate the stigma of mental health.

  • Heritage Celebration: Hispanic Heritage Month

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States which recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Cecil College celebrated Hispanic Heritage with a variety of events for students, faculty, staff and the greater community, including round tables, with information about the contributions of Hispanic Americans, a Netflix Watch Party and a panel discussion.

  • Heritage Celebration: Women’s 100th Anniversary of the Right to Vote

    August 26th, 2020 celebrated Women’s Equality Day and the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Suffragists began their organized fight for women’s equality in 1848 when they demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. For the next 72 years, women leaders lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot. Cecil College resourced a variety of websites, videos, and films to create awareness for our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community for this important celebration.

  • Coming Together Virtual Roundtable Series, Week 5: "How We Can Make Racism a Solvable Problem and Improve Policing"

    Led by Coordinator of Student Diversity and Inclusivity Mayra Castillo, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Ashley Fundack, and English Professor Dr. Jennifer Levi, this "Coming Together" event discussed Compstat, a tool used by various police departments around the nation to combat the use of force in policing. Discussion also included racial profiling and data from the Department of Justice from Baltimore City as it pertains to reported crimes that negatively affect Black/African American communities.

  • Coming Together Virtual Roundtable Series, Week 4: "Mental Health Issues in the Black/African American Community"

    Hosted by Mayra Castillo, Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusivity, and members of the Inclusivity Collaborative, this "Coming Together" virtual event focused on how race, racism, social injustices, and other traumas related to racism affect men and women in the Black/African American Community. A variety of articles and videos were employed to facilitate discussion of this issue. Discussion included the lack of available resources and mental health professionals regarding racial trauma.

  • Coming Together Virtual Roundtable Series, Week 3: "A Review of Films and TV Shows by Black Directors and/or About Social Justice"

    Hosted by Mayra Castillo, Coordinator of Student Diversity & Inclusivity, and members of the Inclusivity Collaborative, this "Coming Together" virtual event discussed films, series’, or documentaries about the implications of institutional racism and/or social injustices. Recommended Black/African American Directors included Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins, John Singleton, Gordon Parks, Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, and Ossie Davis.

  • Heritage Celebration: 4th of July, USA Independence Day

    The College is closed for the 4th of July to allow for students, faculty, and staff to commemorate the Independence of the United States of America with their families.

    The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

  • Coming Together Virtual Roundtable Series, Week 2: "The Life of Harriet Tubman and the History of Slavery in Maryland and Other Parts of the U.S."

    This "Coming Together" virtual event examined the life of Harriet Tubman via the 2019 film Harriet as well as other historical sites in Maryland that depict the history of slavery and freedom during the Civil War era.

  • Coming Together Virtual Roundtable Series, Week 1: "Racial Injustice and Moving Toward Racial Justice"

    As our first "Coming Together" virtual event from the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity and the Inclusivity Collaborative, this was our inaugural event for conversation, hearing personal stories, and answering questions or sharing comments following the deaths of Mr. George Floyd, Breonna Tayler, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others as well as conversation regarding racial injustice and moving towards racial justice.

  • Heritabe Celebration: Pride (LGTBQ+) Month

    June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and a time for remembering those who paved the way for the LGBTQIA+ community in addition to those who continue to do so. It is a time for education and breaking down barriers. The College provided a variety of information, websites, videos as well as hotlines for LGBTQIA+ students in need.

  • Heritage Celebration: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage

    The Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia Micronesia and Polynesia. Cecil College celebrated virtually with weekly short videos and links to websites via social media, student e-Blast and the Faculty/Staff virtual newsletter, The Communique.

  • Heritage Celebration: National Women's History Month & Irish American Heritage Month

    National Women's History Month

    The Women's Heritage Month 2020 celebration was cancelled due to Covid-19.

    Irish American Heritage Month

    The Student Life Office showed the film "Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora" three times on Thursday, March 12, 2020 to allow students, faculty & staff multiple opportunities to stop by to watch the film. Food was offered as well as a short discussion on themes in the film after each session. The Milburn Stone Theatre donated 20 tickets to Cecil College students to attend the 2020 Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Celtic Festival featured Charlie Zahm, one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals. The Brandywine Harp Orchestra was one of the featured acts, as well as the McAleer School of Irish Dance.

  • Heritage Celebration: MLK Jr. & Black History Month

    Keynote Speaker; Cheryl Renée Gooch, Ph.D., author of Hinsonville’s HEROES: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania, discussed her book which traces the stories of residents of Hinsonville (now parts of Oxford and Lincoln University), a free black community who fought for the Union. Some of these heroes can also be traced to parts of Cecil County, including Chesapeake City and Port Deposit. A Cecil College student read a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.