Chancellor Malatras Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2021

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself …' and it is our duty to continue his legacy to fight for social justice of all in our society no matter their race, color, or creed. There is more work to be done, and SUNY—the largest system of public higher education representing the rich diversity of this state—is ready to do this work. As we look to the future, we must follow Dr. King's lead of achieving change through peaceful, but persistent efforts, and strive to create a world where all have equal opportunity to succeed—it is on us, in higher education, to embody the principles of equality and justice that we hope to achieve in this country."

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The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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