Diversity in the World
At SUNY, diversity is one of our greatest strengths as an educational system. When our students, faculty and staff come together to learn, teach, and collaborate, they draw from an extraordinarily rich pool of personal experience. And it spans all forms of diversity - from ethnicity and economics to cultural background and sexual orientation.
We know that diversity has a profoundly positive impact on the learning experience. We know that diversity promotes the ability to think creatively and remain open to new ideas and perspectives - all critical skills in a complex and intensely competitive workplace.
But what will diversity mean to this generation of students, who accept far more difference than ever before - in fact, they often seem to take it for granted. How can we make sure that the lessons of difference are fully integrated into their educational experience, and that we're preparing them to participate in a globalized marketplace? In a world increasingly defined by the global exchange of people and ideas, how can we build upon our diversity to embrace a broader, international perspective? And how can we put these resources to strengthen the economic situation here in the State of New York?In this Conversation, we'll want your input on how to create a diverse environment in which we're fulfilling the mission of higher education to enhance the learning experience, advance knowledge, and promote democratic values within an increasingly diverse and globalized society.