We know instinctively that we learn by experience and by our mistakes. However, without the process of actively thinking about those experiences, and questioning ourselves about what they mean, learning doesn’t really happen. MUIH has engaged in active exploration of our University and our community of students, staff, and faculty throughout 2020 and ongoing for 2021 to acknowledge our biases, policies, procedures, and curriculum to address social justice. With the guidance of several diversity, equity, and inclusion consultants we are striving to bring improvements to the University and to ensure that MUIH is a place where everyone can feel appreciated, acknowledged, and no one is left behind; a place where people of every background and belief, color and orientation, feel empowered and respected. This is the obligation of all of us who are proud to call MUIH our community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is compromised of faculty, staff, and students at MUIH and is open to new members to join the committee at any time of year by emailing . This committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues that have been brought forward, to plan educational events for the University, and to inform future events and policies for the University. Current committee members include:
Monthserrat Boston, Financial Aid Advisor
Precious Boyd, Meeting Point Operations Supervisor
Melissa Cahill (Chair), Director of Human Enrichment
Michelle Coleman, Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs
Mary Fry, Associate Professor
Tierra Hardin, Student
Kionne Johnson, Communications Manager
Linda Simons, Assistant Professor
Marlysa Sullivan, Associate Professor
Leslie Tomlinson, Marketing Coordinator
Alexandra York, Assistant Provost of Strategic Initiatives
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization based out of Harvard University. Their research focuses on implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. They have developed the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to measure attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. These tests measure the strength of associations between concepts and evaluations or stereotypes. The main idea is to identify aspects of human nature and to provide self-awareness on a variety of subjects.
Each assessment takes roughly 10 – 15 minutes and there are 15 assessments available. To access these assessments, visit https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html.
Library eBook Additions
MUIH’s Sherman Cohn Library has added new eBook titles to its collection that focus on anti-racism and cultural competence, racial healthcare disparities, culturally responsive teaching and pedagogy, and culturally responsive communications. These eBooks can be accessed via the links provided below where the full text can be accessed after logging in. The eBook collection of MUIH’s online library is available to all currently enrolled students and all employees (faculty and staff). If you need a library log on, follow the steps in our Step-by-Step guides for Creating your library account and accessing EBSCO or Integrative Search. You can contact the library at for more assistance!
Anti-Racism and Cultural Competence
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Robin DiAngelo. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870289)
How to Be an Antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870290)
Racism without racists: color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870300)
I’m still here: black dignity in a world made for whiteness. Austin Channing Brown. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870299)
For white folks who teach in the hood … and the rest of y’all too: reality pedagogy and urban education. Christopher Emdin. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870302)
White trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America. Nancy Isenberg. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870301)
The inner work of racial justice: healing ourselves and transforming our communities through mindfulness. Rhonda V. Magee. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870294)
My grandmother’s hands: racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Resmaa Menakem. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870304)
Yoga, the body, and embodied social change: an intersectional feminist analysis. Beth Berila, Melanie Klein, and Chelsea Jackson Roberts (editors). (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870295)
Racial Healthcare Disparities
The Racial Divide in American Medicine: Black Physicians and the Struggle for Justice in Health Care. Richard D. deShazo (editor). (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870291)
Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Promoting Equity and Culturally Responsive Care across Settings. Monnica T. Williams, Daniel C. Rosen, Jonathan W. Kanter (editors). (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870292)
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Pedagogy
Culturally responsive teaching and learning in higher education. Lucretia Octavia Tripp, Rhonda M. Collier (editors). (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870305)
Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom. bell hooks. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870303)
Culturally Responsive Communications
The Diversity Style Guide. Rachele Kanigel. (https://sclcatalog.muih.edu/record=b1870298
Monthly Calendars of Observances
The monthly calendar of observances are created to acknowledge the observances of many events in many cultures, religions, and holidays. These calendars are representative of the MUIH population and are designed to be educational calendars with links to more information of the observance. It is our hope that our community and those outside of our community will use these tools to expand their knowledge and be inclusive of all.
Link to Each Calendar