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What is diversity at SUNY?

Diversity can be broadly defined to include all aspects of human difference, including but not limited to, age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression and identity, language heritage, learning style, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, status as a veteran and world-view. At SUNY, we focus in particular on achieving equal access, meaningful academic and intellectual inclusion in curriculum, research and service, and holistic integration into the academic culture of higher education at all levels for New York State’s underrepresented populations and students who are economically disadvantaged.

Through our office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of academic excellence at the State University of New York and, in the process, to establish the university as a national leader in preparing its students for success in a culturally and racially diverse society. We envision the SUNY of the future as a preeminent public university that is truly representative of the rich array of human and intellectual diversity that is the hallmark of New York State. The principle of engagement through inclusion will be a core value, and we will promote new partnerships, within the 64-campus SUNY system and beyond, that embrace the inseparable connection between academic excellence and diversity.

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