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Center for Student Diversity (CSD)

The Center for Student Diversity was established to aid Mount St. Mary's University in its efforts of fostering inclusion, collaboration, and relationship building across campus. The Center provides academic, social, and transitional support in addition to programming, leadership training and inclusive workshops for ALL students and promotes exchange and dialogue between individuals of diverse backgrounds.

The Center for Student Diversity oversees the intercultural development, the Horning Fellowship, student support programs (including Third Century Scholars program and the American Indian program), and cultural programs. The office also supports cultural organizations, conducts diversity awareness programs, assesses the needs and climate of diverse groups and advocates on behalf of underrepresented students.

CSD Guiding Principles

  1. We serve All students, while paying particular attention to the needs of under-represented and marginalized groups on campus.

  2. We assist the institution recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student body.

  3. We provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment where all student can attain educational pursuits.

Tirrany Thurmond, Director of the Center for Student Diversity
301-447-5474

Clubs & Organizations

The Center for Student Diversity is dedicated to enabling personal growth of Mount St. Mary's intercultural students through a variety of clubs and organizations. The following organizations are available on campus to support our diverse student population:

Asian Culture Club (ACC)

The Asian Culture Club seeks to promote the unity, culture, and heritage of Asian students which participates in the wider efforts to encourage and promote multicultural awareness. The purpose of the Asian Culture is to learn about and engage with a multitude of Asian cultures in a social, open, and friendly environment. The Asian culture club serves as a liason between cultures to help foster community within the Mount.
Email the ACC >

The Black Student Union (BSU)

The Black Student Union is in effect to realize the purpose to educate its members in multiple aspects of the black community, to help acclimate black students into the wider student body of the Mount to provide a locale where issues and concerns of the black community can be discussed in open conversational dialogue amongst students in order to discover solutions for community development, to provide a networking system, and promote group unity amongst its members.
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Caribbean Culture Club (Tri-C)

The purpose of Caribbean Culture Club to promote awareness and unity about the Caribbean culture to the Mount community through programming and social outings.
Email Tri-C >

Student Organization of Latinos (SOL)

The primary purpose of the SOL is to celebrate and promote an awareness of Latin American culture on campus.
Email SOL >

Pan-Africa

The purpose of Pan-Africa is to educate the Mount community on African culture, issues, and accomplishments while enriching the diversity on campus. To provide an environment rich with cultural experiences for African students and make available this cultural experience for the Mount community.
We are friends of Africa and Africans coming together to celebrate and raise awareness on Africa’s diversity and heritage. Pan-Africa is an organization geared towards bringing light to the issues that Africa faces by not only stating the problems but also trying to solve them. As an organization we strive to unify the Mount community. We promote awareness through dance, music, social events, discussion forums, and community service.
Email Pan-Africa >

The VOICE

The VOICE is a student run organization who strives to unify the voices of those who have been marginalized and ostracized at the Mount and advocate for the equal treatment and inclusiveness of all identitities through whatever means necessary.
Email the VOICE >

Call the CSD Office at 301-447-5129 to get involved.

Scholarship & Career Corner

Throughout the academic year, the Center for Student Diversity will share scholarships and educational opportunities for students as they become available. Be sure to stop by our office in the Lower McGowan Center to see more opportunities posted on our Scholarship Board as well!

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Selected fellowships and grants are directed toward full-time, female students, who are pursuing degrees in fields where women are under-represented. Examples of such fields would include engineering, math, some areas of computer science, and many areas of scientific study.
See all Scholarships and Fellowships below. Apply Now >

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

The Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship is available to students in the U.S. and Canada who are between the ages of 16 and 25. You must submit two 500 - word essays to be considered for this award. A minimum 2.5 GPA is also required. Apply Now >

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships

The UNCF website has a wide range of scholarships with varying amounts and deadlines. 
Please visit the UNCF Website to see all of the opportunities.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The mission of the Truman Scholarship is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Visit the Truman Scholar website to learn more and apply.