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Our Stevenson Community comes from all over and represents a wide array of backgrounds. Stevenson University celebrates our diversity as a source of strength.


The D&I Committee supports the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as it relates to awareness, education, respect and practice at every level of the institution.


We are dedicated to cultivating and sustaining a welcoming environment that embraces our similarities and differences.


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Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Stevenson University commits itself to diversity as it relates to awareness, education, respect and practice at every level of the organization. The University embraces people of all backgrounds, defined by, but not limited to, ethnicity, culture, race, gender, class, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical ability, learning differences, and political perspectives. The University believes its core values are strengthened when all of its members have voice and representation. The resulting inclusive organizational climate promotes the development of broad-minded members of the University who positively influence their local and global communities.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Stevenson University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment, and admission decisions at the University will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The University does not engage in discrimination or harassment in employment, admissions, or academic opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, gender, sex (including pregnancy), disability, national origin, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state, or local law in admission, treatment or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities.


The Mustang Solidarity Pledge

Mustang Solidarity Pledge

The Stevenson community is re-committing itself to ensuring that students, alumni, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds are seen, heard, and valued.

We invite SU community members to sign the Mustang Solidarity Pledge and add their names to our Virtual Wall.

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Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

News & Events

News & Events

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Events 

  • CDI events (ongoing)
  • Friday Night Flicks
  • Melanated Mindfulness
  • Microagression Series
  • The Pulse 
  • 4:44 

Human Resources Workshops

  • The Dangers of a Single Story
  • Inclusion, Exclusion
  • Why Diversity is Upside Down
  • Practical Diversity- Taking Inclusion from Theory to Practice
  • Let’s Talk Diversity and Inclusion
  • Decoding Diversity
  • Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts
Leadership Commitment

Leadership Commitment

Message from President

We are better when people from all backgrounds, intellectual approaches, and perspectives come together to both teach and learn. We are better when we ensure equity of access, opportunity, participation and representation for all. We are better when we challenge long-held assumptions, broaden our understanding, and recognize that differences can be strengths.

At Stevenson University, our community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is a source of great pride, hope and aspiration. It is a broad, deep and abiding responsibility, which reflects our shared belief that the current historical moment presents critical opportunities for societal progress.

The bedrock and foundation of our commitment is full support and participation of all faculty, staff, students, and administrators of every race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic status, and political viewpoint.

This foundation of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect fosters unity and community. By understanding and respecting our differences, we strengthen our common bonds and shared humanity. We grow together and become, as our national motto encourages us to be, E pluribus unum – “Out of many, one.”

As President, I urge you to join this movement of empathy, caring, and unity. Each member of Stevenson University can lead us in expanding our understanding as we strive to be a diverse and inclusive community.

With appreciation for your efforts,


Elliot Hirshman

Co-Chairs and Working Group

Co-Chairs Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Dave Jordan, Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
  • Tiffany Sanchez, Vice President of Student Affairs

Working Group

Along with the Co-Chairs, the Working Group of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee includes:

  • Cristina C. Garcia, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Peggy Baldwin, Director of Talent Management
  • Nadene Vevea, Associate Dean Communication Programs
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Programming and Events

  • Collaborate across the university to ensure history and heritage month programming
  • Develop co-sponsor or collaborate on development of diversity and inclusion programming

Marketing and Communication

  • Enhance Employment policy to define composition of search committee
  • Increase visibility of diversity and inclusion committee initiatives
  • Communicate initiatives and events on Diversity & Inclusion website 

Training and Professional Development 

  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs in the creation of professional development diversity resources
  • Research options for diversity and inclusion professional development for faculty and staff
  • Enhance search committee training on implicit bias 


  • Assess impact of 2017-2018 initiatives
  • Research and benchmark other institutions and how they track and report 
  • Develop process to track diversity and inclusion participation and impact
Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, located on the 2nd floor of the Caves Sports Wellness Center, is available for use by students, faculty, and staff for programming and open conversations related to topics on diversity and inclusion as well as club and organization meetings. The center, which opened in 2017, serves as an inclusive space where discussions about diversity and inclusion can occur. Additionally, the center includes a Prayer and Meditation Room for students, faculty, and staff to use.



The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of members of the Stevenson University faculty and staff:

  • Murry Baskerville, Student Success Coach
  • Jackie Boswell, Assistant AD & Head Coach W. Basketball
  • Katey Earle, Director Disability Services
  • Clotile Galbraith, Professor, Education
  • Jessica Goddard, Resident Director
  • Phillip Golden, Coordinator, Event Setup
  • Steve Gossage, Campus Security Supervisor
  • Ed HottleHead, Coach, Football
  • Chris Metzger, Assistant Professor, Art & Design
  • Natasha Miller, Director Assessment
  • Atsuko Onozato, Director Visual Communication
  • Jacob Quimby, Assistant Director, Communication
  • Carol Schmidhauser, Instructor, Biology
  • Gary Stewart, Assistant AD & Head Coach M. Basketball
  • Gabrielle Styles, Career Advisor
  • Dawn Ward, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Lauri Weiner, Associate Professor, Counseling
  • Juan Mercedes, Student Representative
  • Gloria Collier, Alumni Representative


  • Disability Services

    Stevenson University admits qualified students regardless of disability and welcomes the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life. The Office of Student Success coordinates with various campus partners to ensure equal access to University programs, facilities and services.

    Students with disabilities who require accommodations should contact the Office of Student Success as early as possible prior to the start of their first academic semester, or upon onset of disability, to initiate the intake and eligibility process.

    Requesting Services

    Current Students

    Stevenson students seeking information, forms, and documents from the Office of Disability Services should use the SUNow Portal.

    SUNow Portal

    To request accommodations required due to a disability, students must complete the following three steps:

    1. Complete the Disability Services Accommodation Intake Form. Students can obtain a copy of the intake form on the Office of Disability Services portal page, or by contacting the Director of Disability Services at (443) 352-4920. Students should clearly state what specific accommodations they require on the intake form.

    2. Submit documentation of the disability that meets the University’s guidelines. Students must submit documentation that identifies the student’s disability, details the current functional impact of that disability, and explains the need for each recommended accommodation. A copy of the University’s Guidelines for Students Requesting Accommodations is also available for your reference.

    3. Schedule an intake meeting with an Office of Disability Services staff member to discuss your accommodation requests and disability-related needs. After submitting your intake form and documentation to the Office of Student Success, you should contact the Director of Disability Services to schedule a meeting to discuss what accommodations and services may be available to meet your needs at Stevenson.

    After your intake meeting, you will receive a written response to your accommodation request from the Director of Disability Services. Upon approval for accommodations, students must initiate a request to use their approved accommodations at the beginning of each academic semester. Students must follow the policies and procedures identified for utilizing each accommodation they are approved for.

    Services Provided

    The Office of Student Success approves reasonable accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis, depending on the student’s needs and the recommendations contained in the disability documentation. These services may include, but are not limited to:

    · Extended time on quizzes, tests, and exams
    · Note taking assistance
    · The use of a computer, calculator and/or assistive technology in class and/or on exams
    · Assistance registering for classes
    · Preferential class seating
    · Sign language interpreters or CART services
    · Access to text-to-speech reader software, such as Kurzweil 3000
    · Referrals to other resources on and off-campus such as counseling services, rehabilitation services and tutoring through Academic Link.

    Please note that once approved, some accommodations may take several weeks to arrange. Students with disabilities are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Success as early as possible upon deciding to attend Stevenson University.

  • Heritage Months & Observances


    Heritage Celebrated

    January Martin Luther King Day
    February African American History Month
    March National Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month
    April March 13 to April 15 is National Deaf History Month
    May Asian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month
    June Gay Lesbian Pride Month
    September National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
    October National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month; Founders’ Day; Stevenson Homecoming
    November National American Indian Heritage Month
  • Holidays & Religious Observances 

    This calendar lists Stevenson University holidays, traditional Observances, and major days of religious significance. Use these dates to aid in developing class syllabus and planning for examinations during the quarter. Although many of these days are not University holidays, faculty are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious purposes. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

    • Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in bold and italic
    • All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown
    • These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them
    • Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day

    Fall 2021

    Holiday or Observance

    Religious Group


    Additional Notes

    Paryushana Parva


    Sept. 21, 2021




    Oct. 7-14, 2021


    Rosh Hashanah (New Year)


    Sept. 6-8, 2021

    Designated non-work day for observers



    Oct. 14, 2021


    Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)


    Sept. 16, 2021

    Class not in session

    Indigenous Peoples' Day


    Oct. 11, 2021


    Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)


    Sept. 21-27, 2021

    Sept. 21-22 Primary Obligation Days
    Designated non-work day for observers

    Shmini Atzeret


    Sept. 28, 2021

    Designated non-work day for observers

    Simchat Torah


    Sept. 29, 2021

    Designated non-work day for observers



    Nov. 4, 2021


    Dia de los Muertos


    Nov. 1, 2021




    Oct. 31, 2021


    Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)


    Oct. 18, 20121

    Date not fixed. See note above.

    Veteran's Day


    Nov. 11, 2021


    Guru Nanak Dev birthday


    Nov. 19, 2021


    Thanksgiving Day


    Nov. 25, 2021

    Class not in session



    Dec. 21, 2021


    Hanukkah (Chanukah)


    Nov. 28-Dec 6, 2021


    Christmas Day


    Dec. 25, 2021

    Class not in session

    Zarathust Diso


    Dec. 26, 2021




    Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, 2022



    Winter 2022

    Holiday or Observance

    Religious Group


    Additional Notes

    New Year's Day


    Jan. 1, 2022

    Class not in session

    Feast of the Three Kings


    Jan. 6, 2022


    Orthodox Christmas

    Christian Orthodox

    Jan. 7, 2022


    Martin Luther King Day


    Jan. 17, 2022

    Class not in session

    Lunar New Year


    Feb. 1, 2022


    Chinese New Year

    Buddhist, Confucian, Daoist

    Feb. 1, 2022


    President's Day


    Feb. 21, 2022


    Maha Shivaratri


    Mar. 1, 2022


    Beginning of Lent

    Christian Orthodox

    Mar. 7, 2022


    Ash Wednesday


    Mar. 2, 2022


    Magha Puja Day


    Mar. 30, 2022




    Mar. 18, 2022




    Mar. 17, 2022


    Spring 2022

    Holiday or Observance

    Religious Group


    Additional Notes



    Apr. 10, 2022


    Passover (Pesach)


    Apr. 16-23, 2022

    Apr. 16-17, 22-23 Primary Obligation Days
    Designated non-work day for observers

    Good Friday


    Apr. 15, 2022

    Class not in session



    Apr. 17, 2022


    Orthodox Good Friday

    Christian Orthodox

    Apr. 22, 2022


    Orthodox Easter

    Christian Orthodox

    Apr. 24, 2022


    Yom HaShoah


    Apr. 28, 2022


    Beginning of Ramadan


    Apr. 2, 2022

    Ramadan: Apr. 2-May 1, 2022
    Dates not fixed. See note above.

    Mahavir Jayanti


    Apr. 14, 2022




    May 1, 2022


    Visakha Puja


    May 27, 2022


    Laylat Al Qadr


    Apr 29, 2022

    Date not fixed. See note above.

    Declaration of the Bab


    May 24, 2022


    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)


    May 3, 2022

    Ramadan: Apr. 24-May 24, 2020
    Dates not fixed. See note above.

    Memorial Day


    May 30, 2022

    Class not in session

    Ascension of the Bab


    May 29, 2022




    Jun. 5-6, 2022

    Designated non-work day for observers



    Jun. 5, 2022


    Summer 2022

    Holiday or Observance

    Religious Group


    Additional Notes

    Independence Day


    Jul. 4, 2022

    Observed Jul. 4, 2020
    Class not in session

    Asalha Puja


    Jul. 13, 2022


    Eid al Adha


    Jul. 9-10 2022




    Aug. 18, 2022




    Jul. 13, 2022


    Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)


    Jul. 29, 2022

  • LGBTQ+ Information & Resources

    Stevenson University facilitates a welcoming, respectful and inclusive space for our students, faculty and staff. Below you will find a list of resources that you may find helpful.

    Welcoming Spaces

    Whether on the Greenspring or Owings Mills campuses, you can expect Stevenson University to be a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment. Additionally, there are spaces that specifically serve as a hub for diversity and inclusion on campus.

    • The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is on the 2nd floor of the Caves Sports & Wellness Center, and is available for use by students, faculty and staff for programming and open conversations related to topics on diversity and inclusion as well as club and organization meetings.

      A Prayer & Meditation Room is within the Diversity and Inclusion Center and is for use by students, faculty and staff.
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee sponsors lectures, panels, and workshops to foster academic and professional development in cultural competency development, diversity and inclusion leadership opportunities, and offers opportunities for critical dialogue and community engagement.
    • The Office of Diversity & Inclusion sponsors student social and cultural programming, oversees the many student affinity groups to provide opportunities for courageous dialogue and engagement through programs such as the monthly Pulse program (First Thursday each month - check the CDI calendar for location).

    Gender-Neutral Restrooms

    In keeping with the University's policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, individuals may use facilities that best correspond to their own gender identity. Those who do not identify with the gender binary (male or female), may determine whichever facility is the most appropriate and safest option for them. No individual will be required to provide documentation of their gender identity in order to have access to any facility that best corresponds to their own gender identity.

    In addition, to address restroom access issues, the University is currently working towards having at least one single-occupancy gender-neutral restroom available in every regularly occupied building on campus.

    Student Organizations

    Students may join one or several of the Stevenson University student clubs and/or a council of student leaders who work with organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA) and campus administrators. Most clubs meet every other week and all welcome new members! For the most updated club information click here to visit the Student Clubs webpage.

    Organizations include:

    The Q Group: The purpose of the Q Group is to promote acceptance and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, ally, and other students on the campus. The group plans to educate students about the GLBTQA community and encourage a sex-positive environment on the SU campus. The group offers events and activities embracing the GLBTQA students on campus. Contact:


    Forge Forward - A website resource dedicated to improving the lives of transgender and SOFFA individuals since 1994 + building strong connections, providing resources, and empowering personal growth.

    Campus Pride - Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

    LGBTQ+ Drug Addiction – a resource on the specifically tailored to assist individuals who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. This page offers free, online information on the health effects, dangers, and treatment options regarding substance misuse.

    An Online Guide to Creating LGBTQIA+ Friendly Communities in Healthcare & Education – An online guide, created by, which looks at the various challenges LGBTQIA+ individuals face -- from the college classroom to the doctor's office -- and presents actionable solutions for overcoming them. The guide also shows readers how and where to find LGBTQIA+ friendly schools and medical providers.

  • Multicultural Experience

    Broaden your perspective

    The Office of Diversity & Inclusion serves as a resource for all students in an effort to enhance cultural awareness and competence at Stevenson University. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion strives to explore areas of interest, provide teachable moments, explore differences and similarities, bridge gaps for better understanding and support students from diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and beliefs.

  • Preferred Name & Pronoun

    Stevenson University offers a process for students, faculty and staff to indicate a preferred name, a.k.a. “nickname” that can be used on their Stevenson University ID Card, email address and directory information, and/or class rosters.

    Please note that preferred name is used solely for Stevenson's internal systems. External systems (such as official transcripts, enrollment verifications, payroll, etc.) will continue to use legal name. Students, faculty and staff who use a preferred name should always be prepared to reference their legal name for financial aid, employment, payroll, etc. as well as provide their university identification when necessary.

    Students can also indicate their preferred pronoun to the Registrar, which will be shared with academic advisors, student health providers, and faculty (through class rosters).

    For Students

    Places Where Preferred Name Is Used

    • Stevenson University ID Card
    • Class Rosters and Grade Rosters (and Preferred Pronoun)
    • Advisee Lists (and Preferred Pronoun)
    • Unofficial/Advising Transcripts
    • Directory Listing (unless you withhold your directory information via Webexpress)

    Places Where Legal Name Must Be Used

    • Student Accounts Receivable
    • Financial Aid
    • Responses to enrollment inquiries such as verification requests
    • Official Transcripts
    • Diploma
    • International Student Status
    • Student Employee/Payroll Information such as W-2s
    • Insurance Information

    For Faculty and Staff

    Places Where Preferred Name Is Used

    • Email address
    • Directory Information
    • Stevenson University ID Card

    Places Where Legal Name Must Be Used

    • Payroll including W-2 and Pay Advice
    • Benefits forms and enrollment
    • WebXpress

    Getting a New Stevenson University ID Card

    Students, faculty and staff who would like to have a preferred name on their Stevenson University ID Card should first contact either the Registrar’s Office or Human Resources to complete a name change request form. After 24 hours of your name change request being submitted, visit the Security Office to request a new ID card. You will receive one free Stevenson University ID Card with an updated preferred first name if you turn in your old ID card during the same transaction.

    How to Request an Email Alias Change

    If you would like your email alias to match your preferred name, please contact OIT by sending an email to the Stevenson Help Desk including the following language: "I request that my email alias reflect my Preferred Name." Include the Preferred name and your Stevenson ID number.

    For more information on the use of preferred first name and pronoun students should contact the Registrar’s Office and faculty/staff should contact Human Resources.

  • Student Organizations

    Stevenson University students have established many clubs and organizations on campus that aim to spread awareness on various diversity groups. Check out all of the diversity organizations SU has to offer: 

    African Student Union (ASU): African Student Union is a club that aims to create a community and atmosphere for the members to build, learn more about, and share African culture. Open to all Stevenson University students, ASU is a great place to build friendships, speak freely, and make history.

    Black Student Union (BSU): The Black Student Union promotes racial and ethnic understanding on campus and fosters cultural awareness among the University community through informal discussions, panel presentations, guest speakers, and community service projects. The BSU also hosts one of the most popular traditions on campus, the BSU Fashion Show, every spring. The club is open to all students.

    International Student Association (ISA): The International Club promotes awareness and embraces and supports diverse cultures and religions through a variety of educational and social programs including, but not limited to, speakers, films, cultural fairs, and dinners. The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff. 

    Organization for Latin American Students (OLAS): OLAS was created to serve as a support group for Latin American students where they can embrace and celebrate their culture. The mission of the group is also to educate and inform the Stevenson community about the Latin American culture through educational and social programs as well as to make contributions to the greater Latin American community throughout the Baltimore area through partnerships with organizations.

    The Q Group: The purpose of the Q Group is to promote acceptance and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, ally, and other students on the campus. The group plans to educate students about the GLBTQA community and encourage a sex-positive environment on the SU campus. The group offers events and activities embracing the GLBTQA students on campus.

    Women of Resilience, Tenacity and Humility (WORTH): Will engage in meetings, activities and events while unlocking their leadership potential WORTH will connect young ladies of different cultural backgrounds across campus to inspire one another through mental, physical, and emotional support. We focus on building a sisterhood and creating a sociable environment for all women.

  • Suggested Readings
    • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronns-Mills
    • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People - Mahzarin R. Banaji
    • Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
    • Korean Girl in America - Hope Kim
    • Not in My Neighborhood - Antero Pietilo
    • The Pregnancy Project - Gaby Rodriguez, Jenna Glatzer
    • Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan
    • We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
Anonymous Bias Reporting

Anonymous Bias Reporting

This form is provided to members of the Stevenson University community to give them the opportunity to make anonymous reports on matters that may be of specific interest to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Please note that anonymous reporting may limit Stevenson University’s ability to fully investigate and address the issue(s) that you raise. Therefore, please know you are always welcome to contact Cristina Garcia, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, at 443-352-4489 or .


Contact Information

Cristina Caridad Garcia
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Caves Sports & Wellness Center
Owings Mills Campus

Stevenson University Security
Ratcliffe Community Center
Owings Mills Campus

Baltimore County Police Department
Emergency number:  911

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