Diversity and Inclusion at Marist

The Marist community is comprised of people from all cultures and backgrounds, and we believe the College is at its best when it reflects the great diversity in our nation and the world.  From the annual Mon Afrique and Diwali celebrations to guest speakers like Cornel West and Reyna Grande, Marist is a mosaic of traditions, ideas, and lived experiences.  As a community of learners, we are stronger because of our diversity, the educational experience is richer, and students are better prepared to take their place as leaders in today’s complex society.

Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion

Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion Addrain Conyers

Addrain Conyers is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department. In January 2018, he was appointed Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, he advises the President on campus diversity and inclusion initiatives to help drive organizational change. His main responsibilities center on academic recruitment and retention, as well as inclusion initiatives. Addrain is also tasked with the integration of diversity efforts throughout the academic enterprise, in keeping with the College's Strategic Plan 2018-23. Addrain completed his undergraduate work at Boston College and received a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on criminology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has been at Marist since 2012.

Campus Resources

From college offices to institutional networks to student clubs, the Marist campus offers a wide variety of resources available to all students. 

Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership: Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership (CCEL) connects students to their community by providing volunteer opportunities, internships, student employment, and Community Based Learning classes. We stress the relationship between CCEL and its community partners as one of mutuality. Even as students contribute to social programs in the area, they develop crucial skills that will serve them well beyond the college classroom.

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 racial, ethnic, and cultural education.

Higher Education Opportunity ProgramHEOP is a comprehensive academic support program designed to assist students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to educational and financial circumstances. With a 100% retention rate, Marist is committed to providing an optimal educational experience for all students, and HEOP is the gateway to success for many of those students. 

Counseling Services: Counseling Services office is open to provide counseling support and resources to any who may need it. We aim to create safe spaces for students of color who face disproportionate stress and trauma resulting from systemic and structural racism.

Diversity Council: The Marist College Diversity Council fulfills an advisory role to the President of the College in matters related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

DEI Resources: The Marist College Diversity Council provides resources to the Marist community to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across campus.

Liberty Partnerships Program: The Marist College Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) provides comprehensive services to meet the academic, social, emotional, and career needs of at-risk students.

Upward Bound: Upward Bound is a preparatory program designed to generate in participants the skills and motivation necessary to persist in completing their secondary education and enter and complete a program of postsecondary education. The program currently serves over 100 youths from two senior high schools located in Dutchess and Orange counties.

Marist Ally Network: This program provides 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. 

Marist College Weiss Language Center: Provides teaching resources for current and aspiring teachers of world languages and resources for research and grants.

The Race and Gender Reading Group: 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.

Appreciating Races, Creating Opportunities (ARCO): The ambition of ARCO is to appreciate and bring together a variety of cultures here at Marist College and unify the campus community. This group explores various countries and educate the  Marist family at large through exposure to music, art, history, literature, cuisine, and other cultural mediums. This club is all-inclusive and welcomes members of all races to help in continued exploration and understanding of the influences the global community has on all.

Black Student Union: This club strives to create a space of inclusive ideas and family-like energy for Marist Students who identify as black. The club recognizes that all are exploring identities under the umbrella of blackness and what it means in today's society. The Black Student Union strives to create spaces to ask questions and foster conversations toward answers to these questions.

Academic Opportunities

The Marist Core Curriculum is designed to create opportunities for students to complete their general education requirements by also integrating fields of study that interest and challenge them. For example, students select a "Pathway" that provides an overall theme to their course of study, several of which offer insights into cultural and racial explorations. Freshman students take a First Year Seminar, many of which encourage our students to confront issues of race and social justice from day one of their college careers. 


- African Diaspora Studies
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Social Justice, Law, and Ethics

First Year Seminars:

- Autobiographical Americans: Studying History through the Writings of Those Who Were There
- Imagined Worlds: Social Justice & Science Fiction
- “I’m not racist, but…”: Racial Cognition and Responsibility for Bias
- Myths of Africa: Past & Present
- Social Justice from the Sidelines to the Frontlines


African Diaspora Studies: The minor in African Diaspora Studies prepares students to live and work in, and make sense of, an increasingly interdependent and multicultural world. As the world becomes increasingly interactive, the acquisition of new skills, knowledge, and cultural sensitivity will be critical for interacting with people of African descent as professional colleagues and neighbors working and living together. 

Latin American and Caribbean Studies: The Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor helps prepare students interested in working with Latin American/Caribbean communities in the United States or overseas. This interdisciplinary program offers a broad foundation in the humanities and social sciences.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Designed with an intersectional approach, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on gender as a significant cultural and cognitive category.


At Marist, our faculty work to create a diverse curriculum through which our students are not only exposed to a variety of cultures different from their own but are also given the opportunity to explore and confront issues of race and gender inside and outside the classroom. Most courses listed below are available to students in any major, and we encourage all our students to take an interdisciplinary approach to their study by incorporating the below classes and others into their course of study. 

Anthropology: HIST 242 Introduction to the African Diaspora
ANTH 231 American Culture II HIST 273 Colonial Latin America
ANTH 233 Native Americans HIST 274 Modern Latin America
Arabic: HIST 280 Modern Africa
ARAB 150 Arabic Cultures and Perspectives HIST 307 History of American Manhood
Communication: HIST 364 Civil War and Reconstruction
COM 325 Intercultural Communication HIST 375 Race in Latin American History 
Criminal Justice:  
CRJU 221 Law and Society Media Studies and Production:
CRJU 230 Policing in America MDIA 326 Race and Ethnicity in Film
CRJU 314 Race and Crime Applied Music and History:
CRJU 440 Cross Cultural Criminal Justice Systems MUS 226 Music Cultures of the World
Culture Studies and Civilizations: Political Science:
CSSP 152 Cultures of Latin America POSC 213 Politics of Human Rights
CSSP 153 Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean POSC 300 US Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
CSSP 335 Themes in Latin American Cinema POSC 302 Political Social Movements
Economics: POSC 303 Politics of Prejudice
ECON 150 Economics of Social Issues POSC 310 Race and Political Thought
Education: POSC 350 Latin American Politics
EDUC 379 Culturally Responsive Education POSC 351 African Politics
English: Psychology:
ENG 264 Latin American Literature in Translation PSYC 330 Culture and Psychology 
ENG 353 Ethnic American Literature Sociology:
Global Studies: SOC 202 Social Problems
GBST 103 Introduction to Global Issues SOC 336 Social Inequality
History: SOC 341 Social Change
HIST 130 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies SOC 342 Sociology of Community
HIST 216 Black Political and Social Thought SOC 348 Popular Culture
HIST 234 African American History

External Resources

Mid-Hudson Japanese Community Association (MHJCA): A non-profit organization created and supported by dedicated individuals, parents, and professionals. MHJCA Members are residents of the Hudson Valley region of New York State (Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Putnam, and near-by counties) who have an interest in Japanese culture and how it interacts and intertwines with others, and who wish to share that interest with all who live around us.

Asian Pacific American Caucus: Provides links to web sites at Asian American research centers and academic programs, and to national APA organizations. Also provides resources for political science, for the study of Asian Pacific American Politics.

The Joint Center for Political And Economic Studies: One of the nation's premier research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses exclusively on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color.

BlackPressUSA.com: Independent source of news for the African American community.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation: The mission is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

Hispanic Network Magazine: A Latino lifestyle business and employment magazine.

African American Policy ForumWorks to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to inequality, discrimination, and injustice.

National Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (NBGPSA)The premiere interdisciplinary graduate student organization.

The Center for African American Research & Policy: Engages in scholarly research in order to advance critical discourse and promote informed decisions as it pertains to policy issues confronting African Americans in both the academy and the society at large.

The Equity Alliance: A not-for-profit organization that actively supports and strengthens Black communities and underserved neighborhoods in New York City.

Sisters of the Academy (SOTA): The mission is to facilitate the success of black women in the academy.

National Society for Hispanic Professionals: Provides Hispanic professionals with networking and leadership opportunities and information on education, scholarships, grants, careers, jobs, and entrepreneurship.

Repeating Islands blog: News and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts.

Saludos Hispanos: specializes in joining the Hispanic bilingual professional with companies looking for DIVERSITY in the workplace.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)represents nearly 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.  Although our member institutions in the U. S. represent less than 10% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students.  HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).