Equity and Inclusive Diversity

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The Equity and Inclusive Diversity Office works to nurture an environment at CSM that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful of all students, staff, faculty, and visitors—a college community that is free from discrimination, intolerance, and harassment.

The office builds partnerships college-wide and in the Southern Maryland community to provide programs, advocacy and support, training, and other activities that promote a culture of equity in a time of growth and change. We aim to strengthen our region’s richly diverse community by increasing understanding and appreciation of it.

"We commit to work for the change we seek. We believe the College of Southern Maryland advances social justice and economic mobility for all Southern Marylanders through its educational programs. As members of the Board of Trustees at the College of Southern Maryland, we commit to supporting the work of the college in building a culture of equity and strengthening an inclusive environment that nurtures and supports all learners. We condemn injustice in all its forms. Racism violates our core values and will not be tolerated. As citizen trustees, we commit to and hold ourselves accountable for equity in all facets of our policy governance of the College of Southern Maryland." — CSM Board of Trustees, July 5, 2020

Our Work





  • icon actions to address inequityThe Ally software suite enables students with disabilities to access course materials.
  • Employees engage in peer-led and professional workshops to advance equity knowledge.
  • Hawk Pantries address our community’s food insecurity, in partnership with Farming 4 Hunger, Maryland Food Bank, and others.
  • CSM is an Achieving the Dream college, focusing on closing student equity gaps.
  • CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy and the CSM Foundation created a $75,000 endowment for the Dr. Maureen Murphy Distinguished Professorship for Equity in Education.


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2019-20 Top 100 rankings (of over 1,000) ranked CSM as:

  • No. 11 in multi-ethnic engineering graduates
  • No. 27 in multi-ethnic business graduates
  • No. 48 in total minority engineering graduates
  • No. 49 in Asian American business graduates
  • No. 59 in Hispanic engineering graduates
  • No. 61 in African American mental and social health graduates
  • No. 61 in multi-ethnic information services graduates
  • No. 68 in African American business graduates

aspen prize top 150 logoThe Aspen Institute recognized CSM twice as one of the top 150 community colleges based on performance in four areas: learning, transfer, workforce alignment, and equity.


logo-diverse-issues-higher-education.jpgPresident Murphy was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 women who have made significant contributions to higher education in America.

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