Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

As a Catholic Mercy Institution of higher education, we uphold the inherent dignity and worth of all people. In accordance with our mission and Mercy values, we cultivate inclusivity and foster diversity that supports human well-being. We affirm all people as persons, whatever their age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, immigration status, nationality, religion, ability, or any other identity. We denounce all acts of hatred and seek to build equity for all.

Our name is Mercy. Our spirit is compassion.

MMU's diversity office ensures that everyone feels safe in their identity, safe on campus, gets engaged, and is represented. We advocate, consult, provide guidance, and work across campus resources. We expect the mercy heritage is extended to all:

  • Abilities
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Sex
  • Orientation
  • Economic Status
  • Religion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity Strategic Action Plan

Our plan is a catalyst for reflection, creation, and action to create a sense of belonging for all on campus.

AmeriCorps Campus Compact Program

Students passionate about social justice and civic action can join the Diversity and International Student Success Ambassadors program. Through Mount Mercy University’s partnership with AmeriCorps’ Campus Compact program, students will become social justice advocates and gain practical experience for future advocacy work.

Students will receive the following benefits: 

  •          In-depth social justice advocacy training 
  •          Community engagement research practice 
  •          Collaboration opportunities with local non-profits 
  •          Experience in program development and capacity building 
  •          Education award from AmeriCorps upon successful program completion

Bias Policy

We are committed to ensuring that our campus community is a safe place where all students thrive. Therefore our policy is to robustly safeguard our mission, values and statement of inclusion throughout our campus which includes our faculty, staff, student body and invited guest. There is zero tolerance for any acts of aggression, discrimination, name-calling or prejudice; particularly against any person that is a member of any group that has systematically experienced violence or exclusion due to social and policy inequities. 

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Gender & Sexuality Alliance

The Faculty-Staff Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) works with Mount Mercy’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee to support LGBTQ+ campus members, especially students, and to help the campus welcome and learn about LGBTQ+ culture.


The new JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity) Room was completed just in time for students returning to campus in August 2022.

Located on the first floor of the Sisters of Mercy University Center, the room includes a community wall, work stations, and a panel commemorating the Sister Cora Marie Billings Diversity Endowment.

The endowment—a student-led project funded by Mount Mercy’s Student Government Association—will support various programs on campus that foster community involvement and unity.

Underscoring our commitment to social justice and inclusivity, the JEDI Room is intended to be a gathering spot for students, especially from underrepresented populations. 

Student Organizations

At Mount Mercy University, we ensure to give visibility to student organizations:

  • Department of DEI | Instagram: @mmu_dei
    • The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) is committed to creating and sustaining a safe and welcoming environment for all at MMU.
  • Black Student Union (BSU) | Instagram: @mount_mercy_bsu
    • Black Student Union (BSU) is a student-led organization focused on creating and sustaining a sense of community for historically underrepresented populations of students. The main goal of BSU is to advocate for a more inclusive experience for all students and to have fun while doing it.
  • Alliance | Instagram: @mmu_alliance
    • Alliance is a safe space here at MMU for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ or is an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome anyone in our club and want to spread acceptance and equality. 
    • SOMOS MMU (We Are MMU) seeks to promote and enhance the understanding and appreciation of Latin American cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. We welcome all students to learn, teach, and appreciate the Latin American world and the Spanish language.
  • International Club | Instagram: @international_club_mmu
    • The International Club facilitates fun and educational programming to encourage a globally conscious campus. We welcome everyone and look for opportunities to meet students from all over the world.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee promotes the university’s collective efforts to:

  • Grow in diversity as a community by actively recruiting student populations that are underrepresented in our population.
  • Create productive, meaningful encounters with different perspectives in a welcoming multicultural environment.
  • Ensure the success and safety of individuals with marginalized identities, varying economic status, and abilities.
  • Develop programs, services, and initiatives that help educate, support, and engage the campus in social justice and equity.

Committee Members


Charles Martin-Stanley II
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity


Sister Linda Bechen
Vice President of Mission & Ministry

Suarez-Belkis-headshot.jpg Belkis Suarez
Associate Professor of Spanish
leeann-orson.jpg LeeAnn Olson
Human Resources Officer
tapps-fee-sabrina.jpg Sabrina Tapps Fee
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Tiara Muñoz
Graduate Assistant


Fernanda Hermosillo Arrieta
Student Government Association Vice President


Nathalie Primbs
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (J.E.D.I.) Student Assistant


Gabriel Hernandez Acosta
Assistant Director of Enrollment Operations and Slate Captain