Diversity Leadership Team
A new diversity and inclusion framework is in place. We have reconfigured our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts around a cross-institutional team spanning academic affairs, student affairs, human resources and Title IX. The team comprises:
- Our new academic chief diversity officer and faculty director of DEI is Associate Professor of Sociology Deidre Hill Butler, who chaired the curriculum group within the race, power and privilege initiative.
- Christa Grant leads the office of Intercultural Affairs which has transitioned to the Student Affairs division. She also oversees Union Committee on Inclusiveness and Diversity (UCID)
- Andrew Alvez has been promoted from Residence Director to Assistant Director for Intercultural Affairs and Off-campus Liaison.
- Mary Simeoli, our newly hired Title IX Coordinator, will include the role of Interim Director of Equal Opportunity to foster a safe and supportive environment for all members of the community in compliance with federal law. This position reports to the Chief of Staff.
Diversity at a Glance, Reports and Data
Support for college-wide activities and programs supporting DEI objectives:
Union pursues and secures and grant and other funding to support our efforts to promote DEI, including our National Science Foundation S-STEM grant, New York State HEOP grant, Creating Connections Consortium grant and our recent invitation to advance to the next round of consideration for an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, among others.
Presidential Initiative on Race, Power, and Privilege
A group of 40 students, faculty, staff, and alumni formed the RRP committee, and identified and discussed five key areas: (1) cultural competency, (2) curricular change, (3) faculty and staff diversity, (4) campus safety and (5) increased support for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students. The recommendations and future work of this group include the following:
- Enhance formal and informal actions to build connections between Campus Safety officers and students across campus
- Launch peer facilitator programs and diversity and inclusion workshops for students, staff, and faculty
- Develop curricular and co-curricular RPP requirements
The Forum on Constructive Engagement – explores issues from a range of differing perspectives in an open and respectful environment.
Two former members of Congress -- Republican Charles Bass and Democrat Albert Wynn -- discuss police reform. Moderated by President David R. Harris and student Jahnae Morgan '21.
Topic: The Union community reflects on the question: When you heard about the recent racial injustices, what were your immediate reactions and feelings? These were their responses.
“Cheaters, Felons and Abusers: Second Chances for the Hardest Cases”
Topic: Perspectives on giving second chances to students who have been expelled from colleges and universities for Title IX, honor code and other offenses.
Topic: Organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Students for Gun Sense, a conversation about others’ perspectives on Second Amendment Rights.
Empowerment Social Justice Retreat helps students become active allies through the exploration of self-identities and others' perspectives.
All new Greek members are engaged in a Critical Conversations Series designed by senior Greek leaders and facilitated in partnership with various faculty, staff, and alumni. Topics in the series include Community engagement, Masculinity, Values and Consent, LGBTQ+ identities, and Race, Power, and Privilege.