Promoting Inclusion and Identity Safety to Support College Success

Public figures such as Michelle Obama and Sonia Sotomayor have spoken out from personal experience about the “identity threat” that underrepresented student groups can face when trying to fit in on their low-diversity college campuses.

A new TCF report sponsored by Pearson, “Promoting Inclusion and Identity Safety to Support College Success,” looks at how negative stereotypes and perceived bias can act as barriers to motivation and academic success for low-income, first-generation, and racial/ethnic minority students.

How can we maximize college outcomes and help underrepresented groups meet their full potential? The report’s authors, Mary Murphy and Mesmin Destin, say we need a renewed focus on studying and adapting the college environment itself, which often fails to promote a sense of inclusion, support, and identity safety for students from low-status groups.
“[At Princeton, I felt like] a visitor landing in an alien land. . . . I have spent my years since Princeton, while at law school . . . not feeling completely a part of the worlds I inhabit.”


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Mary Murphy


Mary Murphy is an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University during the 2015–16 academic year.

Mesmin Destin


Mesmin Destin is an assistant professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology and in the School of Education and Social Policy.

What will you do this Summer?

What will you do this summer? Volunteer and get a new perspective on life! Come to the April 27, Save the World Fair, 9-1 at ACM and find out about local volunteer opportunities!Group!!

Reading Tutors Needed at Cumberland Y

ACM SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY – Reading Tutors needed at Cumberland, YMCA 

Description: Volunteer Reading Tutors  for School Age Children

Contact/Supervisor Name: Gail Davis, Director of School Age Childcare Program at the Cumberland YMCA

ymcaLocation Address: 601 Kelly Road, Cumberland, MD 21502

Student Learning Objectives (What Students Will Learn when the Tutor):  apply instructional strategies and gain first-hand experience working with children.

The more effort and excitement the mentor puts into the project, the more excited the kids will be about participating. Learn how to help children read

better and be more self-confident about reading aloud. 

Dates Needed /Length of Time: Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM 

What kind of students are you looking for? We are looking for students that like to work with children and to see them succeed. 

They must be respectful to the children.

Next steps if a student/instructor is interested? Please contact Gail Davis at 301-777-9646 for more information and

AND complete the ACM 3 easy steps found at this link:

Service-Learning is characterized by a deliberate connection between academic curriculum and community service. Students’ service can be a component of course curriculum and becomes a vehicle for learning course material. Students reflect on their service, relate it to coursework, and evaluate what they are learning. Service-learning also provides students the opportunity to hone job skills. (More about service learning is available at this link:

Cumberland Invites you to Free Concerts & Movies This Summer

The Downtown Development Commission, Canal Place Heritage Area and City of Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department are pleased to present a wonderful lineup of music and movies this summer. Complete schedule can be downloaded at Cumberland