Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is committed to promoting an inclusive campus community of AMCATS who have knowledge and understanding of their individual identities and the identities of those around them. At Anna Maria, we aim to create and maintain a campus climate based on respect, where we our differences are acknowledged, not neglected, and joined with our commonalities – as this is essential for building and maintaining an engaged, inclusive college.
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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to provide student centered services designed to nurture student’s capabilities to see the world from many different perspectives. This is achieved through constructive dialogues and educational, cultural, and social programs designed to teach Anna Maria students about societal, multicultural, and international experiences and challenges. Through our dialogues and programs we aim to promote interpersonal development, intergroup understanding, cultural empathy and humility, and critical thinking skills to prepare our students to meet the challenges of a complex and evolving society.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers students opportunities for cultural exploration, learning, leadership, campus involvement, and personal development through clubs, programs, collaborative efforts, community service, and other co-curricular experiences. ODI welcomes all, regardless of background, and encourages critical thought and ideas in the pursuit of truth.
When we are using the terms “diversity” and “inclusion”, we ascribe to the following definitions from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education:
Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, languages, life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, physical or cognitive abilities, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.
The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical). This engagement with diversity has the potential to increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Meet the Staff
Briana Allyn Amissah   Briana-Allyn (BA) Amissah
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
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(508) 849-3396
    Julianne Ferron
Administrative Assistant for Student Life
AMCAT Cheerleading Coach
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(508) 849-3387


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