Statement from SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2022

"On this day and every day, the State University of New York recognizes the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the responsibility of public higher education in achieving a more equitable, inclusive, and stronger society. Dr. King once said ‘the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.' With a committed faculty and staff and a vital and diverse student body across our 64 campuses, we strive to follow Dr. King's words to ensure our next generation of leaders can help create a world that embodies the principles of equality and justice. Inspired by Dr. King's message of love for all people and a legacy of teachings, words and actions that truly transcends time and is as relevant today as it was decades ago, our students can face and overcome any challenge in our society for years to come."

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