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Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice

 

About EDJ


At Mount Saint Mary’s University, we are committed to diversity in all its possible forms with emphasis on the importance of human rights, equity, fairness, inclusiveness and diversity in the broadest sense including differences in gender, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability.

We honor and remain steeped in the tradition and legacy of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and we continue to work for social justice, equity and inclusion.

Our mission is to foster a more diverse, inclusive and equitable community where all of our members can flourish and reach their full potential.

We achieve our mission through the engagement and empowerment of all members of our community. The Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice provides strategic programs, services, resources, and leadership guidance in support of the Mount’s commitment to building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution.

We envision a university where equity and inclusion:

  • Foster a shared sense of belonging with the understanding that a broad range of diverse perspectives enrich the quality of our learning, scholarship, leadership, and service.
  • Are fully integrated as core institutional values which inform thinking, practices, policies, and accountability.
  • Enriches our community through unequivocal advocacy, protection, and care for the whole person in advancing social justice.

#2 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

U.S. News & World Report (2022)

3,028

Student Body

98%

Depend on Scholarships or Other Financial Aid

One of the "Most Transformative Colleges" nationwide

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Meet the Vice President - Krishauna Hines-Gaither


Mount Saint Mary’s University is pleased to welcome Krishauna Hines-Gaither, PhD, as the inaugural vice president for equity, diversity and justice. A highly experienced diversity educator and leader, Hines-Gaither will be responsible for guiding and coordinating campus-wide efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion into policies, practices and procedures within the University.

Hines-Gaither brings to the Mount almost two decades of experience in higher education and a focus in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion scholarship and practice. Before joining Mount Saint Mary’s, she served as the interim vice president for diversity, equity & inclusion and the director of the Intercultural Engagement Center at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Her work for inclusion has been recognized locally and nationally. Guilford College has a perfect score of 5 on the Campus Pride Index for LGBTQIA friendliness, and was named a Top 30 institution in the nation for LGBTQIA support. Guilford College became the first institution in North Carolina to hire a coordinator dedicated to immigrants and refugees of varying documentation statuses. Dr. Hines-Gaither was named a Voice for Change by Spectrum News in North Carolina honoring her commitment to inclusion. She is a frequent speaker, workshop facilitator and scholar. She has taught Spanish, race & ethnicity studies, women and gender studies and (Afro) Latin American studies. She is currently under contract with Routledge Press to author a book on anti-racism.