Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

Fact Sheet: Mercy College

December 30, 1899

 

​Contacts
History of Collaboration

Mercy College is a private, Hispanic-serving institution in the New York metropolitan area of over 10,500 students studying at four campus locations, including the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Founded in 1950, Mercy is a teaching-centered undergraduate college with a sizable range of graduate programs and an institution with strong professional programs built on liberal arts foundations. The vibrant multiculturalism and diversity on Mercy’s campus fosters a rich engagement of students and faculty with their cultural or ethnic communities, histories, and backgrounds, and provides a natural setting for building bridges to different cultures. However, the institution had not historically looked at the synergies between domestic diversity and internationalization.  

Catalyst for Advancing Collaborative Efforts

Mercy College recognized that its diverse student population, representative of America’s pluralistic society, needed greater access to global learning opportunities in their academic experience. Through the creation of the Center for Global Engagement, the college saw an opportunity to craft an undergraduate experience that engages different cultures—local and global—and exposes students to global opportunities both in their own backyard and in the world beyond their local environment.

Project Overview

Mercy sought to bring together relatively new globalization efforts with campus diversity in meaningful ways.

They have pursued this through:

  1. Infrastructure development: A new Faculty Learning Community was formed around the broad goal of promoting global and intercultural competencies in the curriculum.
  2. Globalizing the curriculum with a focus on intercultural competencies: A freshman seminar called Community Without Borders was created.
  3. Integrating the global and local: “Glocal” opportunities were created to engage students with international facets of life in communities around the internationally rich New York area.
  4. Increasing student mobility: Recruitment of international students was boosted, and major efforts were directed towards sending more diverse students abroad.
Biggest Impact

The biggest impact at Mercy has been increased awareness of the importance of globalizing the curriculum and of infusing global and intercultural difference into the co-curricular environment, so as to create a college experience that prepares Mercy students to be successful global citizens. This increased awareness has also empowered campus constituent groups to come together and collaborate on various initiatives that embody the At Home in the World (AHITW) concepts.

Sustaining Efforts and Next Steps

Mercy’s efforts moving forward will consist of continuing to strengthen cross-institutional collaboration that began as a result of the AHITW project, as well as building on progress to date in promoting global and intercultural exploration through co-curricular and extracurricular ventures. The Center for Global Engagement will continue to coordinate AHITW project-related activities that engage willing partners across the college. Mercy also seeks to continue rich engagement, beyond the classroom, with student, faculty, and staff in explorations of world cultures and domestic diversity that take on a personal, intellectual, and practical nature. For example, Mercy intends to grow its commitment to experiential learning opportunities for students through overseas service missions and locally based internships with strong intercultural dimensions. 

Other ACE News

  • February 12, 2016

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    The Washington Post reports that President Obama is nominating John B. King Jr. to officially lead the Department of Education, where he has served as acting secretary since the start of the year. In other news, The Chronicle of Higher Education...

  • Articulating Global Strategy

    February 12, 2016

    Coworkers

    13th Cohort of Internationalization Laboratory Shares Steps Forward

    ​Members of the 13th Cohort of ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory joined in a robust discussion last Monday in Washington during its mid-year seminar. The participants, who represent 13 institutions of various types and sizes, are midway through...

  • Innovative Practices

    February 12, 2016

    graduates

    Register Now for ACE Convening on Alternative Education

    ​Two white papers examining how alternative educational approaches can better meet the needs of students and employers will be unveiled at a Feb. 25 convening at ACE’s offices in Washington, DC.

  • Leading Internationalization

    February 12, 2016

    Students walking around campus

    Survey to Map Internationalization on U.S. Campuses Launches

    ​CIGE launched the fourth edition of its Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey to assess the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyze progress and trends over time and identify future...

  • Supporting Military-Connected Students

    February 10, 2016

    Student in the military

    ACE to Host Second Academic Advising Summit for Service Members and Veterans

    ACE’s second Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit, to be held April 14-15 in Arlington, VA, will discuss mobilizing a national campaign to expand partnerships between educators, employers and other key stakeholders aimed at aiding in...

 

 Related Content