Sherman Cowan

Chief Diversity Officer
Student Life

An Inclusive Community

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is committed to promoting an inclusive campus community of AMCATS who have knowledge and understanding of their individual identities and the identities of those around them. At Anna Maria, we aim to create and maintain a campus climate based on respect, where our differences are acknowledged, not neglected, and joined with our commonalities – as this is essential for building and maintaining an engaged, inclusive college.

Through our dialogues and programs we aim to promote interpersonal development, intergroup understanding, cultural empathy and humility, and critical thinking skills to prepare our students to meet the challenges of a complex and evolving society.

“Anna Maria is committed to fostering an inclusive college community comprised of individuals who know and understand their own identities and the identities of others. In the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, we strive to create and maintain a campus climate based on respect, where differences are acknowledged, embraced, and understood as a powerful asset for bridging across our differences to our shared humanity. This is crucial to the development and maintenance of an engaged, inclusive college community. Lastly, we aim to ensure that everyone in this campus community feels safe, supported, accepted, appreciated, valued, and has an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed.” – Sherman Cowan, Chief Diversity Officer

More Information

Institutional Equity Action Plan
Diversity & Inclusion Lounge
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Below are the resources for The Office of Diversity & Inclusion:


The purpose of this Club is to unite students based on the LGBTQA+ community, and give them the space to speak openly and freely about LGBTQIA+ topics.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union is a student organization whose mission is to promote cultural, social, and political awareness while providing a voice for Black students on the Anna Maria College campus and affirming and supporting their culture.

Latinos Unidos

Latinos Unidos is a student organization dedicated to promoting cultural, social, and political awareness among its members and providing a forum for Hispanic/Latinx students at Anna Maria College to discuss pertinent issues and affirm their culture.

International Student Association

The ISA’s mission is to promote the well-being of international students and to foster greater friendship, interaction, and understanding among international students, as well as between international students and other organizations at AMC and the greater Paxton community.

Multicultural Guide

Inside this guide you will find information about Anna Maria College and the Paxton/Worcester area, such as information about community resources, restaurants and international markets, places of worship, barber shops and hair salons, LGBTQ+ resources, and clubs and activities.

View Multicultural Resource Guide here

Institutional Equity Action Plan

Diversity & Inclusion Lounge

The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Lounge is located on the lower level of the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center near The Hub. The D&I Lounge serves as a committed inclusive space for student, faculty and staff interaction through formal and informal opportunities. Open 24/7, the space is utilized for programming, club meetings, group study sessions and even competitive Uno games! The D&I Lounge may be used by all student groups, but preference will be given to student organizations advised by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. For more information, please contact the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

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