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Office of Diversity and Equity

The ideals of the SUNY Geneseo community strive to broaden understanding, heighten awareness, awaken empathy, and foster empowerment of all individuals.

We believe that our differences make us stronger and together, we commit ourselves to sustaining and expanding the diversity of our community and to making equity for all members of our diverse community a measure of our success.

The Office of Diversity and Equity strives to cultivate and uphold an inclusive and diverse campus. We aim to create an environment that educates, empowers, and inspires our students, campus, and community here at SUNY Geneseo.


Calendar of Selected Cultural Holidays

Fall 2021
PARYUSHANA (JAINISM) Is the ‘Festival of Forgiveness,’ a significant holy event for Jains coming together to reflect on friendship and forgiveness. September 4-11
ROSH HASHANAH (JUDAISM) Is the Jewish New Year; start of the Ten Days of Penitence. The first two days are observed as full holidays. September 6-8
YOM KIPPUR (JUDAISM) Is the day of Atonement; the most solemn day of the year devoted to fasting, prayer and repentance. September 15-16
SUKKOT (JUDAISM) Is the first two days of Tabernacles, commemorating the dwelling of Israelites in booths in the wilderness. September 20-22
SIMCHAT TORAH (JUDAISM) Is the celebration of the new cycle of annual scriptural readings. September 29
NAVARATRI (HINDUISM) Is the festival representing ‘Nine Nights’ honoring the Devi, the great Goddess and divine Mother, the all-pervading Shakti. October 7-15
DIWALI (HINDUISM/JAINISM/SIKHISM/ BUDDHISM) Is the ‘Festival of Lights’, a major festival lasting five days, celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. November 4
TWIN HOLY BIRTHDAYS (BAHA'I) Is the festival to celebrate the births of two central figures of the Baháʼí faith, ‘Báb’ on the first day and ‘Baháʼu'lláh’ on the second day. November 6-7
DAY OF THE COVENANT (BAHA’I) Is the festival commemorating Baháʼu'lláh’s appointment of his eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the center of His Covenant. November 25
ASCENSION OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ (BAHA’I) This Holy Day marks the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the appointed successor of the Baha’i faith in Haifa. November 27
HANUKKAH (JUDAISM) Is theFestival of Lights’, celebrating the victory of the Maccabees and rededication of the Ancient temple in Jerusalem. November 29-December 6
CHRISTMAS (CHRISTIANITY) Is the annual religious and cultural commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Nativity Christmas is celebrated in January.

December 25 (Orthodox) January 7

KWANZAA Is the annual celebration of African-American culture culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, held on the 6th day. December 26-January 1
Spring 2022
LUNAR NEW YEAR (BUDDHISM) is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. February 1
SHIVRATRI (HINDUISM) Is a festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance. March 1
LENT (CHRISTIANITY) Is the six week period beginning Ash Wednesday leading to Easter Sunday, where some Christians fast or give something up in solemn observance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Period includes Palm Sunday and Good Friday. March 2-April 14
PURIM (JUDAISM) Is the Jewish festival commemorating the saving of the Jewish people and the defeat of Haman as recounted in the Book of Esther. March 16-17
HOLI (HINDUISM) Is a popular ancient festival, signifying the triumph of good over evil, as it celebrates the victory of Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu. March 19
NAW-RUZ (BAHA'I) Is an ancient Persian festival celebrating the New Year and for Baha’is it marks the end of the annual 19-Day Fast and coincides with the spring equinox. March 20
RAMADAN (ISLAM) Is the ninth most sacred month in Islamic culture that Muslims observe to mark when Allah sent an angel to Prophet Muhammad to reveal the Quran, the Islamic holy book. April 2-May 2
MAHAVIRA-JAYANTI (JAINISM/SIKHISM/HINDUISM) Is one of the most important religious festivals in Jainism, celebrating the birth of Mahavir, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of present Avasarpiṇī. April 14
PASSOVER/PESACH (JUDAISM) Is the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The first and last two days are observed as full holidays. Includes a ceremonial meal called the Seder comprising food of symbolic significance, traditions and prayers. April 15-23
EASTER/PASCHA (CHRISTIANITY) Is the Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion.  

April 17 (Orthodox)
April 24

RIDVAN (BAHA'I) The festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for local, national and international Baha’i institutions are generally held. April 20, 28, and May 1
EID AL-FITR (ISLAM) Is the "Festival of Breaking the Fast" may be called Lesser Eid or Eid, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

May 12-13

DECLARATION OF THE BÁB (BAHA’I) This Holy Day commemorates when the Báb, announced that He was the Herald of a new Messenger of God. May 23
Summer 2022
ASCENSION OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH (BAHA’I) This Holy Day marks the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. May 28
SHAVUOT (JUDAISM) Is the ‘Feast of Weeks’, which marks the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mt. Sinai, and is often linked with the Confirmation of teenagers. June 3-5
EID AL-ADHA (ISLAM) Is the latter of the two Islamic holidays honoring the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God's command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son however, Allah provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. July 9-10
MARTYRDOM OF THE BÁB (BAHA’I) The Holy Day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Báb, Herald of the Bahai Faith, in Persia. July 9
TISHA B’AV (JUDAISM) Is an annual fast day and intense day of mourning on which a number of disasters in Jewish history occurred. August 5-6
AL-HIJRA (ISLAM) Is the first day of the month of Muharram representing the Islamic New Year. August 9-10
SRI KRISHNA JAYANTI (HINDUISM) Is the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. August 29-30
Fall 2022
PARYUSHANA (JAINISM) Is the ‘Festival of Forgiveness,’ a significant holy event for Jains coming together to reflect on friendship and forgiveness. August 23-30
ROSH HASHANAH (JUDAISM) Is the Jewish New Year; start of the Ten Days of Penitence. The first two days are observed as full holidays. September 25-27
YOM KIPPUR (JUDAISM) Is the day of Atonement; the most solemn day of the year devoted to fasting, prayer and repentance. October 4-5
SUKKOT (JUDAISM) Is the first two days of Tabernacles, commemorating the dwelling of Israelites in booths in the wilderness. October 9-11
SIMCHAT TORAH (JUDAISM) Is the celebration of the new cycle of annual scriptural readings. October 18
NAVARATRI (HINDUISM) Is the festival representing ‘Nine Nights’ honoring the Devi, the great Goddess and divine Mother, the all-pervading Shakti. September 26-October 5
DIWALI (HINDUISM/JAINISM/SIKHISM/ BUDDHISM) Is the ‘Festival of Lights’, a major festival lasting five days, celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. October 24
TWIN HOLY BIRTHDAYS (BAHA'I) Is the festival to celebrate the births of two central figures of the Baháʼí faith, ‘Báb’ on the first day and ‘Baháʼu'lláh’ on the second day. October 25-26
DAY OF THE COVENANT (BAHA’I) Is the festival commemorating Baháʼu'lláh’s appointment of his eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the center of His Covenant. November 26
ASCENSION OF ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ (BAHA’I) This Holy Day marks the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the appointed successor of the Baha’i faith in Haifa. November 28
HANUKKAH (JUDAISM) Is theFestival of Lights’, celebrating the victory of the Maccabees and rededication of the Ancient temple in Jerusalem. December 19-26
CHRISTMAS (CHRISTIANITY) Is the annual religious and cultural commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Nativity Christmas is celebrated in January.

December 25 (Orthodox)
January 7

KWANZAA Is the annual celebration of African-American culture culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, held on the 6th day. December 26-January 1
Spring 2023
LUNAR NEW YEAR (BUDDHISM) is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. January 22
SHIVRATRI (HINDUISM) Is a festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance. February 18
LENT (CHRISTIANITY) Is the six week period beginning Ash Wednesday leading to Easter Sunday, where some Christians fast or give something up in solemn observance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Period includes Palm Sunday and Good Friday. February 22-April 6
PURIM (JUDAISM) Is the Jewish festival commemorating the saving of the Jewish people and the defeat of Haman as recounted in the Book of Esther. March 6-7
HOLI (HINDUISM) Is a popular ancient festival, signifying the triumph of good over evil, as it celebrates the victory of Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu. March 8
NAW-RUZ (BAHA'I) Is an ancient Persian festival celebrating the New Year and for Baha’is it marks the end of the annual 19-Day Fast and coincides with the spring equinox. March 21
RAMADAN (ISLAM) Is the ninth most sacred month in Islamic culture that Muslims observe to mark when Allah sent an angel to Prophet Muhammad to reveal the Quran, the Islamic holy book. March 22-April 21
MAHAVIRA-JAYANTI (JAINISM/SIKHISM/HINDUISM) Is one of the most important religious festivals in Jainism, celebrating the birth of Mahavir, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of present Avasarpiṇī. April 4
PASSOVER/PESACH (JUDAISM) Is the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The first and last two days are observed as full holidays. Includes a ceremonial meal called the Seder comprising food of symbolic significance, traditions and prayers. April 5-13
EASTER/PASCHA (CHRISTIANITY) Is the Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion.  

April 9 (Orthodox)
April 16

RIDVAN (BAHA'I) The festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for local, national and international Baha’i institutions are generally held. April 21, 29, and May 2
EID AL-FITR (ISLAM) Is the "Festival of Breaking the Fast" may be called Lesser Eid or Eid, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

May 2-3

DECLARATION OF THE BÁB (BAHA’I) This Holy Day commemorates when the Báb, announced that He was the Herald of a new Messenger of God. May 24
Summer 2023
ASCENSION OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH (BAHA’I) This Holy Day marks the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. May 29
SHAVUOT (JUDAISM) Is the ‘Feast of Weeks’, which marks the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mt. Sinai, and is often linked with the Confirmation of teenagers. May
25-27
EID AL-ADHA (ISLAM) Is the latter of the two Islamic holidays honoring the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God's command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son however, Allah provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. June 28-29
MARTYRDOM OF THE BÁB (BAHA’I) The Holy Day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Báb, Herald of the Bahai Faith, in Persia. July 10
TISHA B’AV (JUDAISM) Is an annual fast day and intense day of mourning on which a number of disasters in Jewish history occurred. July
26-27
AL-HIJRA (ISLAM) Is the first day of the month of Muharram representing the Islamic New Year. July
29-30
SRI KRISHNA JAYANTI (HINDUISM) Is the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. August 18-19

 

DEI Updates Fall '21-Spring '22

Sept' 21 Updates

Campus Climate Study 

The President’s Commission on Diversity and Community will conduct a campus climate study this semester to gather feedback on the campus environment. Students can expect a survey invitation to come via email in the coming weeks; a faculty and staff survey will follow later this year.

Expansion of LGBTQ+ and Multicultural Student Services

With the goal of better supporting the success of students, the current part-time position of LGBTQ+ programs and services coordinator will be augmented to become a full-time assistant director of multicultural affairs for LGBTQ+ life in what will now be called the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The assistant director will have an expanded portfolio, with a primary responsibility for serving LGBTQ+ students while supporting multicultural students more broadly.

Progress on Securing a Multicultural Space for Students

Facilities and Administration, together with Student and Campus Life, has identified the Knightspot as a temporary multicultural space for students. Renovations on the space will begin this fall.

New Living Learning Community Opens

Umoja House is the latest Living Learning Community on campus with 20 residents in Erie Hall. An Inquiry and Discovery LLC, Umoja House comprises students from diverse backgrounds who share an interest in unity, for which the LLC is named. 

Academic Affairs Executing Racial Justice Plan

Academic Affairs continues to execute its division-level racial justice plan. The division held focus groups with its faculty and staff of color last spring and recommendations based on the feedback are being integrated into the division-level racial justice plan. See a larger list of department/division-level action plans and statements of support for racial justice here.

Finance and Administration Support for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To further advance its commitment to DEI, the Finance and Administration (FA) Division is advancing DEI strategies at multiple levels. In collaboration with related campus efforts, a new FA Division Diversity Group recently reviewed current administrative practices and identified ways to better infuse the division’s commitment to DEI into culture and practices. Examples are highlighted here, many of which represent implemented practices. More updates will be made as our community needs evolve.

Get Involved in the Diversity Summit

The Diversity Summit will be held February 16, 2022. Classes will not be held so everyone can fully participate in the activities. To join a planning committee, complete this form. The session proposal form will be made available in November.

Previous Year DEI Updates 

Fall '20-Spring '21

MAY 2021

A Note Regarding the Concerned Students Coalition/Do Better Geneseo Campaign

Last summer, the Concerned Students Coalition (CSC) presented the Cabinet with a list of racial justice demands. We subsequently met with them. This month we again met with Coalition students to discuss their demands as the academic year comes to a close. They shared what they described as painful experiences during their time at SUNY Geneseo. While progress has been made toward Geneseo becoming a more inclusive campus, we know that there is more to be done to ensure the impact of our work is felt and experienced.  We reaffirm our commitment towards collaborating with individuals across our campus community on this important work, and thank the CSC for sharing their candid, honest, and powerful feedback to help guide our effort. 

Progress on Securing a Multicultural Space for Students

Facilities and Administration, together with Student and Campus Life, have identified a few options for multicultural space for students and expect to have a specific update by the end of the summer. 

New Curriculum Proposal with Faculty Senate

The Curriculum Development Working Group proposal passed its first Faculty Senate vote in April and will go before the Senate again in May. The revised curriculum includes a requirement for antiracist curricular development and a new general education program. Several faculty incorporated antiracist pedagogy into their intersession courses and a few have blogged about their experiences (scroll down to intersession 2021).

Enrollment Management Develops New Processes and Models to be More Inclusive

Becoming a more inclusive college that attracts and supports more BIPOC, low-income, and first-generation students requires us to develop an approach that isn’t one size fits all, but rather comprehensive. From the enrollment perspective, it includes revamping our evaluation process, eliminating bias testing requirements such as the SAT/ACT, and restructuring our need-based financial aid model and focusing on affordability. We’ve developed a need-based model that considers the need-level of students, combined with academic data to determine how much institutional aid should be applied to their financial aid package. This approach applies more funding to students with the least financial resources.

Academic Affairs Holds Focus Groups

Academic Affairs continued to execute its division-level racial justice plan. This past month focus groups were held with faculty of color and this month, more will be held with Academic Affairs staff of color. Results will be used to better understand climate issues and make informed improvements. See a larger list of department/division-level action plans and statements of support for racial justice here.

Campus Auxiliary Services Supports Minority and Women-Owned Enterprises

Slightly over 17.5 percent of eligible spending was with Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), during the first quarter of 2021. On a New York state fiscal year basis CAS also had a 41 percent MWBE utilization rate, which is the third highest among SUNY Auxiliary Service Association (SASA) members, and is particularly notable due to constraints caused by the pandemic. 

APRIL 2021

Future Plans for Diversity Summit 

In response to one of the demands from BIPOC students this past summer, the President and Provost have advanced to the College Senate Executive Committee a proposal that would allow the Diversity Summit to be held on a class-free day, and that proposal is currently under review.

Memorial for Victims of Racial Violence and Injustice

Students are working with the Office of Student Life to create memorial artwork dedicated to victims of racial violence and injustice. It will be displayed temporarily in the Kinetic Gallery within the MacVittie College Union while a more permanent location is explored. This is in addition to the racial justice mural project that Xiara Colon of Student Association has been coordinating.

All Gender Bathrooms Update

The College has recently converted all single-use bathrooms to all-gender bathrooms, putting 16 more online. We now have 74 total on campus. Some of the new locations include additional all-gender bathrooms in the Clark Service Building, Mary Jemison Dining Hall, Schrader Hall, Steuben Hall, Letchworth Dining Hall, Newton Hall, Merritt Athletic Center, Putnam Hall, Blake Hall and several in the Brodie Fine Arts building.

Campus Climate Survey and Faculty Focus Groups

All students will soon have an opportunity to complete the Campus Climate Survey. The results will help us understand the experiences of students, faculty, and staff, in particular those of minoritized groups, establishing a baseline that will help inform our efforts and measure progress. In addition, Academic Affairs, in partnership with Dr. Sasha Eloi-Evans, co-chair of the diversity commission’s Climate Study Subcommittee, is hosting focus groups for faculty of color to better understand climate issues and make informed improvements. 

Results from these assessment methods will help inform implementation of some of the BIPOC student demands related to supporting, uplifting and protecting current BIPOC students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

DEI Training Update

All Cabinet members, as well as the executive director of Campus Auxiliary Services, are currently participating in the Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate (ACCC) program, through which each leader will develop an action plan. In addition, 53 faculty and staff are on track to complete the ACCC program this month. 

The faculty and staff leadership program is also under way with its first cohort of participants who are leaders from across the campus community. The inaugural session includes a three-hour training on Equity-Minded Leadership, as well as other areas of leadership development, and is designed to promote relationship building and foster collaboration skills, as well as increase awareness and appreciation for various campus roles and responsibilities. 

Division and Unit-Level DEI Plans

The Student & Campus Life division is currently updating its mission, vision, and outcomes to include DEI and anti-racist values and themes. See a larger list of department/division-level action plans and statements of support for racial justice here.
 

MARCH 2021

Diversity Summit (Theme: Creating an Antiracist Community)

I am thrilled by the level of engagement at Tuesday's Diversity Summit, as well as the daily programming during the week leading up to the Summit. There were over 400 members of our community engaged in several sessions over the course of the day, as well as many individuals unaffiliated with the College participating. I'd like to express my gratitude to the organizers, presenters, and volunteers who made it possible, and those of you who attended sessions in pursuit of Creating an Antiracist Community.

Curricular Design Working Group Update

The Curricular Design Working Group (CDWG) submitted a new curriculum proposal, "A Geneseo Curriculum for a Connected World" to the Senate for the review process. This proposal, which includes a “diversity, pluralism, and power” requirement in the revised general education program, has been developed in response to feedback from the community. We invite you to review this proposal and to share your feedback via the CDWG Wiki page

New Living-Learning Community in Erie Hall

A new living-learning community is being established in Erie Hall. Umoja House will create an engaged intellectual community where students of diverse backgrounds can come together in a supportive environment to celebrate their identities while nurturing their leadership skills. There is an informational session for returning students scheduled for Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.

New Public Art Policy Completed

In response to the demands issued this past summer by the Concerned Students Coalition, the Student Association is leading a mural project, under the leadership of Xiara Colón. This initiative has prompted the College to develop a public art policy that would create a pathway for project ideas like this to be officially proposed and approved. The policy has been completed and a committee, which will include student representation, is being formed now.

SUNY Releases DEI Action Plan

Last week, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced a comprehensive 25-point diversity, equity, and inclusion plan to close the racial equity gaps, and eliminate cultural and institutional racial discrimination across SUNY. Geneseo will be enhancing its efforts to align with this new plan.
 

FEBRUARY/JANUARY 2021

Black History Month Events

A month-long series of events is under way in support of our ongoing effort to become an antiracist college. The events to celebrate Black History Month are organized by the Antiracism and DEI Education Subcommittee of the President's Commission on Diversity and Community with support of the Provost's Office. Our ultimate goal of becoming an antiracist institution is aspirational and therefore perpetually imperfect. However, we are dedicated to reimagining the inner-workings of the college, propelling individual and institutional growth beyond this month of programmed events in order to sustain movement towards this aspirational goal.

Cultivating Community Series to Resume February 24th

The next session in the Cultivating Community series will be held February 24, focused on the question “In the aftermath of a bias-related incident at a public institution of higher education, how might campus officials effectively communicate with members of the college community?” Case studies will be shared and discussed and participants will be asked to consider how Geneseo responds or should respond when bias-related incidents occur. Subsequent sessions will continue to engage in dialogue about ways the College, as a public institution of higher education, might best respond to bias-related instances. To RSVP, visit the Cultivating Community web page.

Update on Painted Tree and Rock

Contextual signage has been placed near the painted rock, and will soon be installed next to the tree on Sturges Quad, weather permitting. In addition, upon consultation with the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community, I have convened a committee representative of a broad array of college stakeholders, including students, faculty, and staff, to initiate and complete by April 2, a review of the College’s current painted tree and rock practices and provide recommendations on the best path moving forward.
 

DECEMBER 2020

Antiracism in the Curriculum 

Academic Affairs is taking action to increase and highlight racial justice and antiracism in the curriculum in three ways. First, various academic departments are working to develop new coursework focused on antiracism and racial justice. Many of these new courses will be taught during the Intersession and Spring 2021. Second, several departments are also endeavoring to incorporate antiracism throughout their curriculum rather than in selected courses. The Psychology Department faculty, for example, are meeting regularly to share ideas about new antiracist pedagogical approaches and materials that can be integrated into all their courses. Third, academic affairs is tagging antiracist courses every semester to ensure that students can easily find them. The list for Spring 2021 courses can be found here, and the list for Intersession can be found here.

Units Make Progress on Individual Action Plans

While the College has its own high level plans of actions and strategies, individual departments and offices on campus also have committed to unit-specific plans. Many of them are available on the Statements of Support and Action Plans for Racial Justice web page, which is updated regularly.

Deepening Personal Understanding through 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

In addition to campus-specific initiatives, the College also participates in relevant regional activities including the recent 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge sponsored by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Rochester. More than 100,000 community members and 460 organizations participated. A number of campus leaders were among them, notably the entire University Police Department, Residence Life leadership, divisional directors within Student and Campus Life, members of Cabinet and Campus Auxiliary Services employees. The initiative allowed participants to deepen their understanding of and willingness to confront racism, bias, and other social inequities.

Campus Auxiliary Services Engaging with Student Leaders

Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) is intentionally seeking to engage with students across campus about service offerings to serve a more racially-diverse population. CAS initiated a new bi-weekly meeting with the five student directors of its Board. These ongoing meetings are focused on reviewing how CAS services support the College experience for all students, in particular students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Based on the demands issued, CAS is exploring several new opportunities, including the feasibility of establishing a hair salon on campus to better serve specialized needs that are not currently fully met in the greater Livingston County region. Mat Felthousen, the newly appointed CAS executive director, also met with the Student Association and Inter-Residence Council (IRC) this semester, and welcomes opportunities to meet with other student groups to solicit feedback on opportunities for improvement or new initiatives. 

NOVEMBER 2020

Campus Personal Safety Committee Transitioned to Advisory Committee on Campus Safety

Recognizing that a modern conversation about campus safety must involve greater focus on law enforcement operations, accountability, and transparency, the College modified the Campus Personal Safety Committee to the Advisory Committee on Campus Safety and assigned the Committee additional responsibilities. The Committee comprises a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. In addition to the traditional responsibilities focusing on environmental and personal safety, the Committee will conduct reviews of all University Police Command investigations into personnel complaints and use of force incidents.      

Intergroup Dialogue Program Launches

Across the country, Intergroup Dialogue programs have been promoting empathy and awareness, and ultimately positively transforming campus climates. We have been laying the foundation for an Intergroup Dialogue program here at Geneseo. This spring, Chief Diversity Officer robbie routenberg will teach a Dialogue Facilitation Training course (XLRN 288) to prepare students to facilitate conversations that raise awareness of social justice principles such as social identity, privilege and oppression, and power and conflict. Some enrolled students will help facilitate Intergroup Dialogue courses in Fall 2021. 

Election 2020 Resources

Student and Campus Life, in partnership with Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equity, executed robust programming before, during and after the 2020 Election. Recognizing the significance of the Presidential election in particular, the team mobilized to get out the vote prior to the election, and worked to support the Geneseo campus community during and after Election Day. For a full list of resources see Post-Election Allies, Programming & Resources.

SUNY-Wide Commitment to Diversity

SUNY recently launched a 64 Actions on 64 Campuses listing the various ways in which the 64 SUNY campuses are committed to diversity. The page lists 64 actions on 64 campuses and is intended to show the breadth of the system’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. SUNY Geneseo’s Cultivating Community Chats and antiracism efforts are highlighted.
 

OCTOBER 2020

Units Develop Individual Action Plans

While the College has its own high level plans of actions and strategies, individual departments and offices on campus also have committed to unit-specific plans. Many of them are available on the website (including a video version from the Department of Biology) and many more are in development.

The student and campus life division is developing a socially just strategic plan in order to ensure the entire division is working to become more inclusive, antiracist, and is addressing systemic issues that hinder an inclusive community. This includes evaluating policies, procedures, and all student/campus services. The division’s leadership is working at the departmental level to ensure this work is taking place at all levels. 

Admissions has taken steps to ensure an application review and scholarship awarding process that is free of bias. It also seeks to extend its test optional protocol to completely remove college entrance exams from the application review process.

Cabinet to Receive Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate (ACCC)

The College’s senior leaders recognize the value of further developing our cultural competency as well as participating in ongoing professional development. Accordingly, all members of the President’s Cabinet as well as our CAS Interim Executive Director have committed to complete  the Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate Program (ACCC) during the current academic year. We encourage all members of our campus community to sign up for workshops, read articles, and engage in reflective conversations that contribute to your continued professional development in this arena, as well.

Antiracism Intersession 2021 Course Incentives

The extended Intersession period in January 2021 presents an opportunity for the College to offer more courses to serve our students as well as incorporate course materials that include diversity, equity and inclusion components. Academic Affairs is offering an incentive to those faculty who teach courses or incorporate course content that advance Geneseo’s pursuit of “Becoming an Antiracist College.” To further support faculty in developing content, Academic Affairs is also offering antiracist pedagogical support through the Teaching and Learning Center
 

SEPTEMBER 2020

More Accessible Engagement with Commission

We are making a fundamental change to the membership structure to allow for broader and more accessible campus engagement. Returning members to the Commission will be invited to serve as the Commission’s leadership, providing oversight to the committees and strategic direction of the Commission. Participatory membership will also be made available to all affiliated with our Geneseo community with expectations for engagement communicated to the campus by Commission leadership. 

Strategic Communication Plan

The Commission will work with the Offices of Diversity & Equity and Communications & Marketing to establish a strategic DEI communication plan that includes mechanisms for sharing updates with the campus, creating a web-based historical timeline of DEI activities, and soliciting contributions from the campus.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

As part of the Commission’s charge to educate and celebrate cultural diversity by sharing information about different holidays and traditions with the campus, they will be exploring the timing and programming associated with observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day on campus. This will be a new observance for our campus.

Campus Climate Study

The Commission will assist with the development of our comprehensive campus climate study. They will also identify and suggest ways to disseminate this information so that it can be used by the campus community to inform decisions and programming.

Diversity Summit

In partnership with the Office of Diversity & Equity and Student Association, the Commission will continue to assist with the coordination of this year’s Diversity Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, March 2. It is intentionally scheduled during a Rejuvenation Day so there will be no classes competing with the programming. Additionally, we will be expanding this event to include programming throughout some or all of the week of the Summit.

 

 

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