The DEI resource page is community-supported. MVCC community members are warmly invited to send to their favorite quotes, poems, excerpts, passages from books, articles, and songs that highlight DEI issues. Submissions can also be community stories that focus on understanding others, human empathy, and overcoming barriers and achieving success. The objective of this website is to broaden our understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion while contributing to our collective community voice. This website seeks to support the college’s mission to meet the diverse needs of our students. If all members of the MVCC community keep increasing and enhancing our cultural competence and cultural dexterity, then we will be in a much better position to meet those needs. Please add your voice. Your participation, contributions, and engagement are greatly appreciated.

April Diversity Spotlight: Our International Community

Monthly Quotes:

Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. ~Ola Joseph

Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another. ~Con Miguel Ruiz

Monthly Community Readings

Community’s Picks:  MVCC Library

  • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: a Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen
  • A Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabelle Allende
  • The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
  • Americanah by Chinua Adiche

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer’s Picks: Articles concerning the situation and circumstances of International Students

International Student and Culture Awareness

MVCC International Student Cafe & Conversation

Data and Facts on International Students in the United States

Read about The Center (formally known as the Refugee Center)

First Draft of the One World Utica Manifesto

One World Utica Manifesto

WE welcome all
and celebrate the city of Utica’s
cultural mosaic of heritage,
beliefs and traditions.

WE encourage diverse perspectives,
viewpoints and ideas in our city’s schools,
institutions, workplaces and government.

WE promise to protect and beautify
our environment and shared spaces.

WE foster innovation and creativity
that energizes development
economically, socially and environmentally.

WE believe that together as
‘One World Utica’
we create a vibrant,
prosperous and distinctive city
representing all our diversity. 

The longer version can be found on