In June 2020, President Mengler announced the formation of a President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to advance St. Mary’s efforts to stand firmly as an anti-racist university. He charged the Council to develop a set of recommendations for initiatives that would enhance the University’s dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion. By November 2020, the President’s Council submitted a total of 22 recommendations for self and institutional discovery, curriculum and co-curriculum, and an office of DEI and community outreach.

The Council’s work in developing these recommendations was guided by the University’s Catholic and Marianist identity and mission. Early in their work, they shared with the campus community a special Marianist prayer for ending racism. The prayer reminded us of who we are as a Catholic and Marianist community. We are grateful for our call to live and spread the Marianist spirit of diversity and justice and celebrate everyone’s gifts and talents.

The Office of DEI was established in August 2021 with the appointment of Associate Vice President Sheri King, Ph.D., who served as co-chair of the President’s Diversity Council, to lead, champion and implement initiatives that remind us of our call and Marianist spirit.

Statement of Purpose

The Office of DEI fosters efforts to define, cultivate and support an inclusive educational community and workplace environment aligned with St. Mary’s mission and its Catholic and Marianist identity. The Office is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through community building and partnering to serve the common good. The work of the Office is guided by the St. Mary’s mission, Characteristics of Marianist Universities and Catholic Social Teaching focused on the shared tenets of understanding, appreciation and respect for human dignity and cultural differences.

DEI Initiatives

  • Black History Month Resources

    Black History Month runs from February 1 to March 1 each year. The St. Mary’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has compiled a list of books, movies, TV shows and podcasts for those hoping to learn more about Black History.

    • A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris B. Hill
    • A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki
    • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
    • America on Fire by Elizabeth Hinton
    • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
    • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    • Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now
    • Beloved by Toni Morrison
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
    • Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church by Olga M. Segura
    • Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today by Jacqueline Battalora
    • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
    • Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills
    • Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
    • Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
    • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
    • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
    • Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity & the Future of Christian Higher Education by Karen A. Longman
    • Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
    • Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
    • Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzel
    • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
    • Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell
    • Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
    • Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts
    • Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
    • Free Cyntonia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System by Cyntonia BrownLong
    • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
    • Honeyfish by Lauren K. Alleyne
    • How Jews Became White Folks, and What That Says About Race in America by KarenBrodkin
    • How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi
    • I am Dance: Words and Images of the Black Dancer by Hal Banfield and Javier Vasquez
    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    • I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
    • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
    • Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Policing Black and Brown Bodies by Sandra Weissinger, Dwayne Mack
    • Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
    • Make Change by Shaun King
    • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
    • Mistress by Chet’la Sebree
    • Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs by Pope, Reynolds, et. al.
    • New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby
    • New People by Danzy Senna
    • Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrow and Hopes by George Yancey, Maria del Guadalupe Davison, Susan Hadley
    • Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah
    • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue
    • Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
    • Recollecting America’s Original Sin: A Pilgrimage of Race and Grace by Alison M. Benders
    • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
    • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
    • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
    • Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams
    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
    • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    • Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith over Gun Violence by Lucy McBath
    • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
    • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison
    • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
    • The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones
    • The 1619 Project: Born on the Water (children’s picture book) by Nikole Hannah-Jones
    • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    • The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker
    • The Color of Purple by Alice Walker
    • The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
    • The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea by Christopher Lebron
    • The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torress
    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
    • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
    • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
    • The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
    • The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison
    • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
    • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
    • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • The Wedding by Dorothy West
    • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
    • The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
    • They Were Her Property: White Women as slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
    • Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
    • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand
    • This Bridge Called Me Back: Writings by Radical History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Kratznelson
    • This Was Harlem: A Cultural Portrait, 1900-1950 by Jervis Anderson
    • This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
    • Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
    • We Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas
    • We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young
    • What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri
    • When They Call You A Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
    • Where Do We Go From Here by Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
    • White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism by Paula Rothenberg
    • White Rage by Carol Anderson
    • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
    • Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
    • 12 Years a Slave
    • 13th
    • 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
    • 42
    • A Ballerina’s Tale
    • A Raisin in the Sun
    • Agents of Change
    • Akeelah and the Bee
    • American Son
    • Bamboozled
    • Barry
    • BlacKKKlansman
    • Becoming
    • Black Panther
    • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
    • Blindspotting
    • Clemency
    • Confirmation
    • Crooklyn
    • Da 5 Bloods
    • Dead Presidents
    • Dear White People (series)
    • Django Unchained
    • Do The Right Thing (1989)
    • Fences
    • Freedom Riders
    • Fresh
    • Fruitvale Station
    • Get Out
    • Glory
    • Harriet
    • Hidden Figures
    • Hollywood Shuffle
    • I Am Not Your Negro
    • If Beale Street Could Talk
    • Judas and the Black Messiah
    • Just Mercy
    • King In The Wilderness
    • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    • Malcolm X (1992)
    • Menace ll Society
    • Miss Juneteenth
    • Moonlight
    • One Night in Miami
    • Pariah
    • Queen Sugar (series)
    • Race: The Power of an Illusion (series)
    • Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (series)
    • Roxanne Roxanne
    • Say Her Name – The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
    • See You Yesterday
    • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker (series)
    • Selma
    • Summer of Soul
    • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
    • The Black Power Mixtape
    • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    • The Color Purple
    • The Help
    • The Hate U Give
    • The Loving Story
    • The United States vs. Billie Holiday
    • The Woman King
    • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
    • Watchmen (series)
    • What Happened, Miss Simone?
    • When the Levees Broke – A Requiem in Four Acts
    • When They See Us
    • Within Our Gates
    Movies and TV
    • 1619
    • Black All Year
    • Blackbelt Voices
    • Black Blood Heals
    • Black History Buff
    • Beyond Black History Month
    • Code Switch
    • Dear Culture
    • Go Off, Sis
    • Historically Black
    • In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer
    • Louder Than a Riot
    • Natal
    • Noire Histoir
    • Pod Save the People
    • Resistance
    • Seizing Freedom
    • The Brown Girls Guide to Politics
    • The Diversity Gap
    • The Stoop
    • Therapy for Black Girls
    • Witness Black History
  • Employee Affinity Groups

    St. Mary’s University values diversity and recognizes the importance of all individuals feeling connected to our community, regardless of their personal identities. As we continue to foster an inclusive campus work environment, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to sponsor affinity groups for employees and has established guidelines for employees seeking to form an Employee Affinity Group (EAG).

    These voluntary, identity-based groups may be formed around demographic characteristics (such as, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability) as a way to bring together employees with a shared purpose. In addition to networking with individuals from similar and often marginalized communities, EAGs empower members to contribute to the education of our campus community, give back to the local community, and be an active voice for change.

  • Language Resource Directory

    The purpose of the Language Resource Directory is to provide contact information for faculty and staff who need assistance communicating with campus visitors during regular business hours. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion requested assistance from faculty and staff who speak multiple languages and are willing to be listed in an online directory,  and as a result, we have contacts for 11 languages: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Kannada, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Tamil.

    The directory is available for students, faculty and staff of the University.

  • Resources

    The St. Mary’s University Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to providing resources to organizations and materials that would be of use to members of our community.

    Students, faculty and staff can find comprehensive lists of organizations for diverse populations and resources to learn about systemic injustices and other cultures.

    The resources are available for students, faculty and staff of the University.


Black History Month Events in San Antonio

The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum has compiled a list of events across San Antonio during Black History Month.

  • Advisory Board

    Sheri King, Ph.D. (Chair)
    Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Cody B. Cox, PhD
    Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
    Greehey School of Business

    Léo Benavides
    Office of Student Financial Assistance

    Mike Martinez, Jr., J.D., M.S.I.S.
    Director Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and Professor
    St. Mary’s University School of Law

    Verónica Contreras-Shannon, Ph.D.
    Professor and Program Director – MARC U*STAR
    Department of Biological Sciences

    Wendy D. Martinez, M.A.
    Assistant Dean
    Office of Residence Life

    Jenee Margo Gonzales, J.D.
    Chief Development & Communications Officer
    Community In Schools of San Antonio

    Janet Guadarrama
    Executive Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator
    Office of Human Resources

    Paul X. Uhlig, Ph.D.
    Professor & Chair of Mathematics, Marianist Educational Associate

    Andre Hampton, J.D.
    Professor of Law
    St. Mary’s University School of Law

    Marlon Furlongue
    Associate Athletics Director, Compliance and Internal Operations

Contact Us

Sheri King, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President

Julieta Sanchez
Program Coordinator

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
St. Louis Hall Suite 105

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