SUNY 64 Actions on 64 Campuses

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Advocacy (for Racial Equity)
Curricula (for Racial Equity)
Equity & Inclusion
Police Reform
Social Justice

Advocacy (for Racial Equity)

  • Buffalo State, University at Buffalo and Farmingdale State have renamed buildings and roadways to ensure that they honor people who stand for racial justice and equity. The name Peter Buell Porter, a former public figure and slave owner, will be removed from buildings on these campuses.
  • Purchase College created a campaign called Time’s Up on Racism, a nine point Action Program, a nine-point action plan that will tackle systemic racism on multiple fronts, from bias training to policy reviews to working with minority-owned businesses.
  • SUNY Canton is stepping up efforts to bring more diverse speakers to campus.
  • SUNY Cortland has created an Anti-Racism Resources website.
  • Empire State College, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY College of Optometry have each launched a President’s Task Force to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion.


  • Adirondack Community College is introducing the Anti-Racism Education and Mobilization Campaign.
  • Columbia Greene Community College is supporting a “21-Day Equity Challenge” in conjunction with the Albany YMCA.
  • SUNY Cortland is instituting a 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.
  • Fulton Montgomery Community College has convened a Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to sponsor a series on systemic racism.
  • SUNY Geneseo has started "Becoming an Anti-Racist College", a college-wide focus that initially includes action-planning and support throughout the campus community, as well as tailored engagement sessions by request.
  • Jefferson Community College is sponsoring a program called Conversations About Words - with an initial topic on What is White Privilege?
  • Monroe Community College is sponsoring a racial equity program featuring Eddie Moore Junior and a 21 day campus challenge.
  • Nassau Community College is creating an online anti-racist resource guide to support teaching, programming and dialogue and commitment to revised Anti-Discrimination & Hate Crimes Policy & Complaint Procedures.
  • North Country Community College is sponsoring a place-based regionally centered celebration of Black citizens in the Adirondacks through time and a film program Without a Whisper on the first women’s rights convention.
  • Old Westbury is supporting Faculty Workshops: “Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Classroom” (Sessions include: Relating to Students of Color; Prejudice against non-traditional English speakers; Decolonizing the Classroom; Hiring and Retaining People of Color).
  • Onondaga Community College hosts an anti-racist program entitled Unity Day.
  • Suffolk County Community College will host student-focused race events entitled “The Color of Change”.

Curricula (for Racial Equity)

  • Binghamton University has adopted Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption as the Common Read for 2020-2021.
  • SUNY Delhi instituted a personal development educational series on Anti-Racism and Colonization.
  • SUNY Dutchess Community College's Professional Staff Development Committee created a series on Anti-Racism and Colonization to build awareness and historical knowledge around white privilege.
  • SUNY Erie Community College conducted a Common Read of Debbie Irving's book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, followed by an author visit.
  • SUNY Genesee Community College launched a Common Read program in fall 2020 called GCC Reads with Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens, followed in the spring with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
  • Fulton- Montgomery Community College introduced three new micro-credential offerings on Society and Human Rights; Multiculturalism and Diversity; and Compassionate Care and Action.
  • Orange County Community College has a new online global studies course called Diversity and Inclusion: The American Experience.
  • SUNY Oswego has developed a five-part reading and discussion group series that aims to increase understanding of the impact of systemic racism on the lives of people of color. Texts include “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Neihisi Coates, and “Can We Talk About Race?” by Beverly Tatum.
  • SUNY Potsdam has introduced a new general education course for new students, WAYS 103 “Talking About Diversity”.
  • Westchester Community College introduced a Common Read: The Black Family in the Age of Incarceration.

Equity & Inclusion

  • Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine led an open forum called “Many Voices, One College” and launched a new office of Institutional Equity at the medical college.
  • Empire State College created the Shirley A. Chisholm Center for Equity Studies to examine and uncover the roots, workings, and impacts of structural racism and systemic inequities in our communities today.
  • Hudson Valley Community College is hosting a 10-week program in 2021 called “Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” will focus on a common read and guided discussion of the book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race.
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is working with the University of Southern California to host professional development programs on race and equity.
  • SUNY Geneseo: “Becoming an Anti-Racist College" is a college-wide focus that initially includes action-planning and support throughout the campus community, as well as tailored engagement sessions by request and President’s commitment for becoming more racially equitable.
  • SUNY Maritime College has adopted the Leading Change Initiative – Inquiry, which will explore the campus climate and adopt practices that better represent differing viewpoints and identities, as communicated in the President’s message.
  • SUNY Potsdam has launched Days of Reflection, an initiative using dialogue and education to move the campus, the community, and the world beyond toward greater racial equity and justice.

    And the Diversity and Inclusion Action Coalition (DIAC) A- new initiative to demonstrate that SUNY Potsdam values diversity and inclusiveness in a number of ways, notably as expressed in the College’s Mission Statement, our new Diversity Statement, and the Potsdam Pledge – our unique expression of commitment to community. The coalition seeks to assess and address the diversity and inclusion needs of the college community and to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where all students, faculty, and staff are valued and any issues that arise are dealt with in a timely and effective manner.
  • Rockland Community College is developing an Equity Scorecard for each school and creating a Virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Center.

Police Reform

  • Alfred State College is implementing "Duty to Intercede" training, based on Utica Police Department Bystander Training.
  • Broome Community College is transitioning to a community policing program with training in dealing with mental health issues training.
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is conducting "Fair and Impartial Policing" and "Changing the Perception" training.
  • Corning Community College SUNY Corning Community College is working to eliminate systemic racism with a new curriculum in criminal justice.
  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is reviewing and reforming its Public Safety and Policing program.
  • Dutchess Community College is adopting a Community Policing Model with support from the county.
  • Farmingdale State College and its University Police are working to rename the Campus Safety Committee and expand its responsibilities to include the creation implementation, and assessment of relevant campus racial equity programming.
  • Herkimer County Community College Campus Safety has built a successful community policing model, in which campus peace officers and students have opportunities for social interactions (i.e. Coffee with Campo, Cookies with Rookies, etc.).l, in which campus peace officers and students have opportunities for social interactions (i.e. Coffee with Campo, Cookies with Rookies, etc.).
  • SUNY Morrisville has created a Police Officer Mentor Program for minority students in the criminal justice program, with a focus on community policing perspective.
  • SUNY New Paltz is implementing a Town Hall Series on Police Culture vs. Campus Culture. The University Police has an express commitment to anti-racism.
  • SUNY Oneonta has created the UPD and the Oneonta College Community Task Force to examine University Police practices and review police-community relations on campus.
  • SUNY Potsdam is launching residence life discussions to improve student relationships with University Police.
  • Stony Brook University has commissioned a Campus, Community and Personal Advisory Safety Committee for extensive work on ways the campus community and Police Department can work together to improve safety on the campus and in the community.
  • Westchester Community College has initiated workshops on Community Policing and extensive Public Safety Guidance.

Social Justice

  • SUNY Cortland has launched the BELOVED Communities Narrative Project as a way to support everyone’s individual story and reveal the connections among us.
  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University will host deliberative dialogues on racial and social justice with student, faculty, and staff.
  • SUNY Empire State College has developed a Reason and Respect Initiative.
  • Farmingdale State College will offer opportunities for civic engagement with social justice-minded community partners through its SOCIAL Science Research Institute.
  • Fashion Institute of Technology has created a Social Justice Collaborative to identify the next generation of diverse leaders and launched the Diversity Ambassadors Program to help promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the campus.
  • Finger Lakes Community College is producing a video about workplace experiences based on social identity.
  • Hudson Valley Community College has initiated Town Hall meetings with the President and a ten week program on diversity and inclusion for the campus community in Spring 2021.
  • Jamestown Community College is planning a Black Culture Center in conjunction with the Association for Black Culture Centers, the first of its kind in the northeast.
  • SUNY Morrisville has introduced system-wide trainings on how to explore current issues and build an anti-racist practice, so students are prepared to lead peer-to-peer dialogues.
  • Niagara County Community College has expanded its Brown Bag Lunches to a virtual platform for robust discussions on social justice and diversity and launched a Cultivating Diversity in the Classroom and Workplace program.
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute has created a new campus-wide program called “Empowering Our Collective Campus Voices for Social Change” and a “Paint Me Your Story” initiative.
  • Schenectady County Community College will initiate a conversation with its Diversity Council on the findings of a new diversity audit.
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College is hosting a series of Dialogue and Town Hall Sessions, with topics such as “What does Black in America mean to you?”
  • Ulster County Community College conducted a virtual workshop called “Have We Failed to Fulfill the Promise of the 14th Amendment,” through the Dr. Donald Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies and made the full video available.