Statements by SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Zimpher on University at Albany Diversity Recognition by U.S. Department of Education

November 18, 2016

“The University at Albany is a leader in every sense as SUNY aims to be the most inclusive system of higher education in the country. From providing one of SUNY’s most successful Educational Opportunity Programs for students to supporting faculty innovations that promote inclusion through the Diversity Transformation Fund, and much more, the campus has successfully created a culture where black, Hispanic, and white students are graduating at similar rates,” said Chairman McCall. “Today’s honor is much deserved, as the campus continues to ensure that every New Yorker has access to the top quality education University at Albany provides as well as the support they need to complete a degree and embark on a successful career after graduation."

“As the country’s largest, most comprehensive system of public higher education, SUNY strives to be a leader in increasing college access, affordability, and completion. The common thread in all that we work toward is our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion – to ensuring that every program, initiative, and service we provide takes into consideration the unique needs of students from all ethnic backgrounds as well as first-generation students and veterans,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The University at Albany embodies SUNY’s ambition to be the most inclusive system in the nation. Thank you Interim President Stellar and all of those on campus whose work has led to this highly commendable White House recognition.”

Additional information about today’s recognition can be found online.

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