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System-Wide Action Plan to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and to Combat Racial Inequality and Division

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced that SUNY will develop a system-wide action plan to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chancellor Malatras, in collaboration with the SUNY Board of Trustees, appointed Dr. Teresa Miller, SUNY's Senior Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, in collaboration with the SUNY Empire Shirley Chisholm Center for Equity Studies to develop an action plan by the end of January 2021 and to focus on concrete and implementable programs to increase diversity at SUNY's 64 campuses. Chancellor Malatras urges the SUNY community's involvement in the development of SUNY's comprehensive action plan. SUNY students, faculty, and staff are asked to provide feedback and additional proposals. Read more...

An appreciation of diversity among us!

Rockland Community College has a superstar among its graduates. And one that recognizes the diverse contributions of a workers and staff that are often unrecognized for their contributions in our schools and universities. His name is Febin Bellamy, a 2014 graduate from Rockland Community College. He founded Unsung Heroes, a media company and serves  as  its the CEO. The company  highlights custodians, security guards, and support staff on college campuses who are often underappreciated. Unsung Heroes helps foster connection and understanding between campus workers and students via shareable interviews and video profiles. Its viral success has helped spread from its origins at Georgetown to become a presence at colleges across the United States, including UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame.

Febin's work has been the subject of profiles in NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, and The Chicago Tribune. As a result of his efforts, Febin was a featured contestant on Justin Timberlake's Spin the Wheel (FOX), a trivia-style game show where he won close to $100,000. In 2017, Febin completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Georgetown University and was recognized as the Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

Congratulations to Febin and to Rockland for cultivating respect and an appreciation of diversity for all.
Febin Bellam, a staff member at Rockland Community College, and founder of Unsung Heroes media company.

Convening of the 2019-20 PRODiG Cohort

Newly appointed 2019-2020 PRODiG faculty are invited to an evening reception with Chancellor Johnson and a full day of professional development workshops on the following day in the Federal Building at SUNY Plaza. The program includes a half day of mentoring and cohort-building session with experts in their fields. For registration and more information, please visit the Eventbrite site.  

SUNY Board of Trustees’ Response to Maintaining Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Governor Cuomo Issues Open Letter to SUNY and CUNY Directing Them to Maintain Diversity and Inclusion Plans After Trump Administration Rescinds Guidelines

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