The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center For Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The mission of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office is to create a culturally enhanced campus environment through inclusive education, advocacy, social justice, diversity, and leadership opportunities. It is our goal to provide and promote diverse events such as lectures, concerts, cultural awareness programs, films, and workshops that will assist our students in an understanding of world views that influence their work and relationships.

Students interested in learning more about cultural differences and/or programming are encouraged to contact the Director.


As we see and experience the events taking place across the United States many of us want to have conversations about race but because such conversations are difficult we are reluctant to do so. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has gathered useful resources to help each of us travel down the path of this important journey.


Racism. What is it? Why does it remain part of our society? What can we do to end it? This site created by the Smithsonian magazine provides 158 resources designed to help answer these questions. They also provide ways to develop pathways for sustained solutions.

Respect MHU


Mars Hill University is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming experience for all members of and visitors to the MHU campus community. The work of creating and maintaining an inclusive environment requires the efforts of the entire university, and we recognize that each member of the community holds some responsibility to foster an environment in which its members can thrive without fear of hate or bias. The creation of Respect MHU allows for the community to work together to report and address incidents of bias and hate on campus, thereby enhancing and contributing to the authentic pursuit of knowledge and truth that lies at the heart of our institutional identity and purpose.

Respect MHU-Bias Incident Reporting Team


MHU Community Initiatives

In addition to working with our students, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion collaborates with the administration and the university to develop strategic goals for inclusive education across the MHU campus. This includes faculty and staff focus groups, student focus groups, campus climate surveys, professional development, advocacy and support, inclusive curriculum, and a commitment to diversity.


The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion sponsors numerous cultural programs each year, including:

  • MLK Jr. Commemorative Programs
  • Diversity Lecture Series
  • Unity Candlelight Vigil
  • Diversity Seminar and Workshops
  • Other events are planned to recognize nationally observed months, such as Black History Month, Native American History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Pacific History Month, and Hispanic History Month.



Jonathan McCoy
(828) 689-1366

In a recent interview with Spectrum News, Jonathan McCoy shared his story about why he wants young people to know about the past in order to better understand the present.

Watch the Video


This survey is an attempt by a group of our female staff and faculty to examine better ways of supporting our women students of color on campus by getting a clearer idea of what these students feel is most needed/wanted.

Take the Survey


Smithsonian magazine provides 158 resources on this site to help answer questions about racism. They also provide ways to develop pathways for sustained solutions.

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