Post-Election Campus Message

Nov. 10, 2016

To the College Community,

This week’s elections brought to a conclusion a political season that was marked by much passion and, at times, contention. That being the case, it should come as no surprise that the outcomes will be subject to great passion as well. I would like to take this opportunity to remind us of the values that draw us, the Geneseo community, together.

Just this month, we reaffirmed these values through our revised and enhanced SUNY Geneseo Strategic Diversity Plan. As noted in that document, Geneseo embraces the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are central to a thriving community. We recognize that those who learn, teach, work, and visit our community bring to the College unique perspectives and knowledge that contribute to its richness and vibrancy. Geneseo respects the unique contributions of each individual to the campus community and considers diversity as an essential set of strategies for realizing the College mission of excellence in education.

Our plan -- and I -- call on all members of our community to share responsibility for the ongoing work of continually recreating a sense of inclusion, belonging, and empowerment, so that together we will achieve our individual and collective aims, and experience the intellectual freedom that is at the heart of the liberal educational enterprise.

I will also note that a range of support services is available to anyone who would like to seek these resources. Students may call Counseling Services at 585-245-5716. As well, resources through the Center for Community include:

Staff members available to meet with students to discuss their concerns and offer support:

  • Leonard Sancilio, dean of students (available as of Friday, Nov. 11),
  • Wendi Kinney, assistant dean of students, Fraternal Life and Off Campus Services,
  • Heather York, coordinator, Student Conduct & Community Standards,
  • Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, assistant dean of students, Multicultural Programs & Services,

Dillon Federici, coordinator, LGBTQ Programs & Services, hosts a weekly support group, and students can email him at for details.

Opportunities for student to student support:

  • Black Student Union & Latino Student Association will host an open meeting from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. this evening (11/10) in the Fireside Lounge for reflection and solidarity.
  • Pride Alliance will host a meeting tonight (11/10) at 8 p.m. in the Hunt Room focused on unity.

Faculty and staff may connect with the NYS Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is a peer assistance program jointly sponsored by labor and management. NYS EAP provides confidential information, assessment, and referral services to NYS employees, their family members, and retirees. Geneseo has two EAP Coordinators, who may be contacted for confidential referral services:

Geneseo also has an EAP Hotline at 585-245-5740. The hotline is monitored regularly and a coordinator will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are aware that other events are in the planning stages and organizers are asked to disseminate information through regular College channels, which include the Events-L listserv and the Geneseo calendar.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Geneseo community. It is our unity and respect for each other that make us strong.


Denise A. Battles