Elliott Dawes joined the Office of the President as chief diversity officer for Institutional Equity and Inclusion in September 2016. Prior to this role, he was the university director of the City University of New York Black Male Initiative for nearly eight years and an Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the Hofstra University School of Law for two years. As chief diversity officer for Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Dawes will strategize and collaborate with the entire college community to ensure that SUNY Empire State College maximizes the potential of its students, faculty and staff through interactions with an inclusive and richly diverse community. He also will serve as a lead administrator for all collegewide affirmative action efforts and work with the president on the appropriate alignment of the college's federal, state and voluntary affirmative action initiatives.
Among his duties, Dawes will lead the college in developing, executing and evaluating a comprehensive strategy that supports student success through purposeful educational opportunities, initiatives, practices and programs, as well as organizational success through employee recruitment, retention and development. He will coordinate with students, faculty, staff, college committees, SUNY and external stakeholders to support and enhance the SUNY Empire State College values of pluralism, inclusion and respect.
Dawes earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Columbia Law School in 2015; a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the New York University School of Law in 1992, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, a Center for International Studies Junior Fellow and an editor of the New York University Review of Law and Social Change; and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government and Africana Studies from Cornell University in 1988.