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Our Goal

Increase Mercy's capacity to provide a high-quality, affordable, and accessible education for all students, with an initial focus on the biology major, through:

  • Ongoing systematic and comprehensive analyses of the barriers faced by Mercy students
  • Implementation of evidence-based curricular and institutional reforms
  • Increased access of faculty to training and implementation of high-impact practices; and
  • Continual assessment and modification of institutional initiatives to ensure that all students and faculty are being served. 
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This initiative is funded through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an organization with a strong commitment to supporting the training and development of future scientists from diverse backgrounds.

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Mercy College's HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative

A few words on recent and painful events

Dear Colleagues,

I’ve tried and failed several times to write this.  I suspect that much of my failure is a result of the swirling and painful emotions and anger that have emerged from our raw sentiments about how the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and now Rayshard Brooks, have highlighted the continuing and pervasive inequities and bias that exist in our country, in our neighborhoods, in our minds.  Even today, I continue to wrestle with the painfulness and anger of how phenotype so strongly determines our trajectory.  As a community of scholars and scientists, we are forced to examine the evidence and reckon with what it tells us.  If we are truthful with ourselves, the evidence paints a stark and sobering picture of our society and our educational system.  We must and will do better to highlight and correct these pernicious biases and effects.  Our project is only one of many individual, small, and local efforts to combat racial disparities, bigotry and biases.  Yes, the problems are larger and more complex that our project, but the more serious injustices highlighted in recent events compels us to do better.  Collectively we must do better as a program, we must do better as an institution, we must do better as individuals.  We must pledge and BE more compassionate, BE more understanding, and listen more empathically.

All lives matter when black lives matter.

Jose Herrera, Ph.D.

Our initiative

Mercy College’s Inclusive Excellence initiative represents a commitment to shape institutional practices and strategic planning through evolving equity-minded principles that foster a sense of belonging and will enhance the diversity of viewpoints, confidence, creativity, innovation, and citizenship in the college community. Through this culturally sensitive, data-driven dynamic framework, Mercy College will cultivate student and faculty-centered organizational initiatives through a lens that recognizes and addresses the broad range of challenges faced by our diverse community.


Biology Classroom
Inclusive Excellence Fellows Academy

Post-doctoral candidates in all branches of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry with a strong passion for teaching diverse student populations are invited to become a Mercy College HHMI IE Teaching Fellow! This is a chance to teach as an adjunct instructor at Mercy while gaining training in evidence-based inclusive pedagogies and high-impact practices through our Inclusive Excellence Fellows Academy!

Topics covered will include:

  • Trends in Science Education
  • Metacognition and the Science of Learning
  • Formative and Summative Assessment and Feedback
  • Active and Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Inclusive Teaching in a Science Classroom
  • Project Based Learning in the Sciences
  • Classroom Undergrad Research Experiences
Inclusive Excellence Fellows Academy FAQ
  • Is participation in the IE fellows academy compensated?
    • Yes! Participation in the IE Fellows academy goes hand-in-hand with a paid adjunct faculty position at Mercy College. This position is paid at $3,000/ course. Participants will also receive a $350 stipend for their time spent learning and developing more inclusive teaching practices. An additional $800 stipend will be awarded upon successful completion of the academy.
  • When will the in-person IE Fellows academy sessions take place?
    • These sessions will take place on four different weekend days over the course of one semester.
  • When will I be expected to teach classes as an adjunct faculty member at Mercy?
    • Class sections will be assigned to adjunct academy participants based on the availability they have provided in their application. Please note that night time and weekend course sections will be available, but weekday availability is preferential. You will begin teaching the same semester you are enrolled in the academy.
    • Inclusive Excellence Fellows Academy participants will most likely teach classes during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • What is the deadline for applications for Fall 2020?
    • March 15th, 2020. 
Analytics Tools
Data Analytics

Our efforts toward making Mercy a hub for inclusive excellence include striving to develop analytical tools that integrate psychosocial, demographic, and academic factors to help us better understand and address the needs of our biology majors and eventually, our campus as a whole. These endeavors involve a comprehensive evaluation of Mercy's inclusive excellence standards at the institutional and individual levels. This project will allow for widespread change to enhance student success, faculty and student communication, and the overall Mercy experience.

Depiction of Inclusiveness

See how the AAC&U defines inclusive excellence.

Inclusive Excellence Fellows Academy 2020
February 27, 2020

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