Patrick Nobrega, Director
1st Company Room 1019
Denise Carrington, Assistant Director
3rd Company Officer Rm 3004
Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Intercultural Engagement
Learn. Grow. engage.
making valuable contributions in a diverse and globally integrated world
As one campus community, we must come together to embrace diversity head-on. In striving for social justice, it is essential that we promote unity, equity, and inclusion in our effort to denounce racism and every form of discrimination in our society. By promoting civic engagement, advocacy, and awareness of key issues, we prepare our students, faculty, and staff to make valuable contributions in a diverse and globally integrated world. Our efforts to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across our campus community are supported by various roles and functions.
The Office of Intercultural Engagement’s mission is to provide faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to support and embrace the intersections of culture and identity to create a community that is inclusive to all populations at the Academy.
Through implementing best practices in the field of international education, the OIE seeks to partner with academic departments to ensure the safety, accessibility, and quality of education abroad programs. By working together, we can serve the academy community to ensure cadets maximize their academic, personal, and intercultural engagement through global learning.
In striving for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of Intercultural Engagement provides the following programs and services:
Bias Incident/Education Support Team (BEST):
Supporting Shipmates, Upholding Values
The Bias Incident/Education Support Team (BEST) was formed in Fall 2022 as a means of upholding community values around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The BEST Team, made up of staff members from the Office of Intercultural Engagement, Commandant of Cadets' Department, and Title IX, review all bias incident reports, educate the community on issues of bias, and provide recommendations for corrective action when needed. The BEST team encourages reports for observed or perceived bias incidents, statements, or occurrences involving cadets. All reports submitted to the link below will be reviewed by the BEST team.
Bias is a preconceived, negative attitude about a person or group based on their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or level of ability, or any other protected class.
- Bias incidents are any actions or statements against a person or group that are motivated in whole or in part, by bias against the person’s or group’s sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or level of ability.
- Hate crimes are criminal offenses committed against a person or group that are motivated in whole or in part, by bias against the person’s or group’s sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or level of ability.
There is no place for bias among Bucs. When in doubt, always submit a report. Holding ourselves accountable and looking after our shipmates is the only way to promote true belonging on campus.
With any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to email the Office of Intercultural Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Office of Intercultural Engagement and ask to speak with a staff member.
The S.A.L.T Program provides comprehensive support services to assist students in graduating successfully. The program is designed to allow first-generation, Pell-eligible/recipient and/or students with learning differences to explore and engage their educational and personal goals within a learning community by offering academic coaching and mentoring.
Education abroad and global learning are essential to cadet learning and the internationalization of our campus community. Experiential Learning, study abroad, and international co-ops all play a vital role in promoting intercultural awareness, global sensitivity, and job-readiness in a 21st century global workplace.
The Office of Intercultural Engagement will invest in a speaker series to bring more voices to campus for the benefit of students, faculty, and staff.
Brock McGillis Celebrating Price Month
CDR Billie Farrell Keynote Celebrating Women & Success
Claudia A Fox Tree, M.Ed (Arawak) Anti-Racism from the Indigenous Perspective: Implicit Bias and Stereotypes
Lt Col Marisol A Chalas Celebrating Latin eXcellence
Real Talk: An Open Dialogue Forum
Throughout the semester, the Office of Intercultural Engagement offers spaces for students, faculty, and staff to come together in an “open dialogue format”. The goal is to discuss current events and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society.
Safe Harbor is a campus-wide program to promote inclusion and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community on campus. To do so requires the support and participation of students, staff, and faculty.
Through the vision and practice of inclusive excellence, the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. Making excellence inclusive is thus an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities. Likewise, enhancing inclusive excellence is directly in line with the objectives of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Equity Agenda . Inclusive excellence must become a priority in all aspects of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Inclusive Excellence: Strategic Goal
Our Strategic Goal: To advance a common agenda for Inclusive Excellence that aligns institutional strategies with statewide initiatives to transform diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of the institution. The focus areas of this common agenda include recruitment & retention of faculty, staff, and students of color, a climate of inclusion, enhanced community engagement, and review of university infrastructure.