Kijua Sanders-McMurtry Around Campus

Map of Massachusetts indicating where indigenous tribes lived

Repatriation of Indigenous ancestral remains

Mount Holyoke College has repatriated ancestral remains the College had possessed for over a century to their home communities.

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry at the lectern at Convocation 2021.

Mount Holyoke receives diversity award

Mount Holyoke has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine. 

This is a close-up headshot of Kijua Sanders-McMurtry smiling.

Sanders-McMurtry on Lowery Institute board

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, vice president for equity and inclusion at Mount Holyoke, is now on the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute board of trustees. 

Photo of stoles made of boldly colored kente cloth

Honoring students of color and their mentors

Mount Holyoke’s Stoling Ceremony this year was both virtual and in person, the better to honor faculty and staff who support students of color.

President Sonya Stephens onstage, address class of 2021 graduates in her royal blue academic regalia.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Mount Holyoke hosted its first-ever virtual Commencement for its 184th ceremony to honor graduating seniors and send them on to do great things.

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart to speak

Mount Holyoke’s Kijua Sanders-McMurtry will be joining child-safety activist Elizabeth Smart in a special dialogue for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This is a graphic depicting the BOOM logo and speakers against a blue background.

BOOM! 2021

BOOM, Mount Holyoke’s 2021 diversity, equity and inclusion learning symposium featured an unprecedented roster of events and panels dedicated to justice.

Photo of Relyn Myrthil ’19

The power of Posse, second decade edition

The Posse Foundation has entered its second decade in partnership with Mount Holyoke College.

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry (lower right) and Angelis Liriano ’22 (upper right) spoke with Connecting Point about the action plan to ensure the College would be “persistent and uncompromising” in addressing all forms of implicit and explicit racism.

MHC’s anti-racism action plan discussed

Mount Holyoke College’s Kijua Sanders-McMurtry and Angelis Liriano ’22 were on Connecting Point to discuss the College’s anti-racism action plan.  

As part of Mount Holyoke College’s ongoing voter education and mobilization effort, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry and Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to talk about voting

Voting and voter suppression

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and writer Melissa Harris-Perry talked voting and voter suppression as a part of Mount Holyoke’s voting series.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an investigative journalist, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the creator of The 1619 Project.

Nikole Hannah-Jones on “The 1619 Project”

Mount Holyoke College kicks off its Common Read of the year in conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project.  

"This tool will be helping trans and nonbinary students, but it is also holding space for other instances where this can be helpful to our broader community."

Names are a matter of equity and inclusion

Mount Holyoke rolls out a chosen-name policy to enable community members to self-select their names.

This is a close-up headshot of Kijua Sanders-McMurtry smiling.

Working to fight and heal racism

The Mount Holyoke College community came together for a virtual event to talk about ways to fight racism in everyday life.

President Sonya Stephens and Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, vice president for equity and inclusion, kick off Boom! 2020 with a video conversation about the value and history of diversity at Mount Holyoke.

BOOM! 2020 goes remote

The community day foregrounded marginalized communities, refocusing our understanding of our past and present to cultivate a more inclusive future.

Shannon Da Silva

Diversity and inclusion: rubber, meet road

Mount Holyoke College has hired a new Title IX and 504 coordinator, Shannon Da Silva, to usher ideas and conversations into actions and access.

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