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The Captain Paul Cuffe Center for Inclusion


About Captain paul cuffe

Captain Paul Cuffe was born in 1759 on the island of Cuttyhunk. The son of a freed slave and a Wampanoag woman, he was a black and indigenous man who would go on to become Master Mariner, whaler, successful businessman, educator and community advocate, philanthropist and visionary until his death in 1817. Paul Cuffe left a legacy that is local, national, and international; rising to prominence at a time when it was all but impossible for a black and indigenous man to do so.  That legacy of struggling for equality and justice continues to inspire us today as the namesake of our center. 

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Mission Statement

Formerly known the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Office of Intercultural Engagement, the Captain Paul Cuffe Center for Inclusion’s mission is to create a community that makes excellence inclusive at the Academy. By promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through programs, events and student support initiatives, we strive to foster a sense of belonging and a supportive environment for all by honoring the namesake of our center. We continue Captain Cuffe’s legacy of philanthropy, leadership, and social change.