Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
at SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mission Statement

SUNY Empire State College supports the development, promotion and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion policies, practices and structured programs at the College that are dedicated to creating a college community that is favorable to the development of the human potential of all students, faculty mentors, staff, and administrators. As a diverse community of learners and leaders, Empire State College respects all aspects of human difference, including but not limited to, age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression and identity, language heritage, learning style, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, status as a veteran and worldview.

All members of the SUNY Empire State College community must respect federal and state laws and SUNY policies with regard to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability or marital or veteran status. To ensure that all members of the College community understand and comply with federal and state equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, policies and guidelines, SUNY Empire State College’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts will focus on compliance and equity of services and will implement trainings, professional development programs and strategies to promote cultural competency and diversity awareness.

Ultimately, SUNY Empire State College is committed to the following ideals:

  • equal educational and employment opportunities,
  • equitable employment and educational practices,
  • meaningful academic and intellectual inclusion in curriculum, research and service,
  • the creation of support systems that facilitate the utilization of all segments of New York State’s diverse communities and
  • the holistic integration into higher education of New York State residents living in underserved areas, people from populations that are underrepresented in higher education, and students who have experienced educational and economic challenges.

SUNY Empire State College
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement

SUNY Empire State College aspires to become a national leader in higher education that embraces diversity as an integral component of quality academic and social experiences that prepare students for success in an increasingly multicultural, multiracial, and multilingual society. Through both general and targeted initiatives, SUNY Empire State College’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts will strengthen the College’s capacity to create the highest quality educational experience for Empire State College students who represent the rich array of human and intellectual diversity that is the hallmark of New York State. By fully embracing the ideal that no segment of New York State’s diverse population should be underutilized, SUNY Empire State College will demonstrate leadership by developing concrete programs, policies and practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the College’s mission and work.

The chief diversity officer for institutional equity and inclusion serves as a resource to SUNY Empire State College faculty, staff and students and is charged with promoting and furthering the college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Information on various diversity, equity and inclusion issues and related resources are available to all members of the college community.

Discrimination and Harassment Policies

Questions regarding the materials found on this website may be sent to:

518-587-2100, ext. 1293 or ext. 2265
fax: 518-587-2886
elliott.dawes@esc.edu

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