Campus Diversity and Inclusion Plan

SUNY Morrisville is committed to the continued work of creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all of its members. As part of the higher education system, Morrisville understands the importance of engaging students in activities that not only educate but also help them develop skills necessary to contribute to a global community. Faculty and staff encourage and celebrate the projects that involve students as part of the college and surrounding community.

Whether it is a college-wide project celebrating SUNY Morrisville's diversity, or a more community-based project helping local families with volunteer work, faculty and staff help foster students' education and development, encouraging them to become involved, balanced, and informed members of an increasingly global and diverse community. Student clubs, in conjunction with the Student Government Organization and Student Activities, sponsor diversity activities across our three campuses that reach out to our domestic and international students. Some of these events are the International coffee hours, cultural fairs, and International Education Week activities. Grants are awarded each year by the SUNY Morrisville Shelia Johnson Institute (SJI) to faculty and staff which fund opportunities for students that promote leadership and diversity. Additionally SJI provides matching funds for the Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program, CSTEP, STEP, and EOP which benefit students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

This document outlines the goals and strategies that SUNY Morrisville will use as a guide to achieve an ambitious and diverse agenda. Our priorities are clear and our goals are well defined to insure our work has a positive and productive effect on the campus environment. This plan will also help in the building of the job description for the position of Chief Diversity Officer, a position that will be filled in 2017. It is imperative that this position be structured to have positive impact on a broad array of campus functions. With the adoption of this ambitious plan, SUNY Morrisville commits to creating a welcoming, affirming, and diverse community of students and educators.