IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Action Seminars

Marvelwood is dedicated to the challenge of educating our students to understand their role as leaders in making the world a more accepting place.  IDEAS is a new initiative that will be a permanent part of our curriculum. Students and faculty will dedicate the interim period between Thanksgiving and the winter break to interdisciplinary work, embracing this opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to these values and reaffirming Marvelwood’s pledge to celebrate diversity and inclusion through education and action.  Students involved our CASA (Cultural and Social Awareness) group are involved in the planning process and will play a key leadership role in the program. 


  • Defining Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
  • Systems of oppression
  • Systemic racism / White privilege
  • Microaggressions 
  • Tone policing 
  • LGBTQ+ 
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • Reclaiming words 
  • Identities 
  • How can I make a difference? Ways of creating an inclusive community at Marvelwood and beyond. 


  • 10 groups of faculty and students
  • One trained facilitator in each group
  • One CASA member in each group
  • Daily topical and guided group discussion
  • Daily journaling
  • Final project: reflection piece


  • Alumni Panel
  • Speakers
  • Video presentations