SUNY to develop plan to increase diversity, equity and combat racial inequality

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Friday that SUNY will develop a system-wide action plan to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusion to its 64 campuses.

The plan will be completed by the end of January 2021. The goals of the plan include:

  • Assessment of racial equity gaps across SUNY
  • Curriculum development towards racial equity and literacy
  • Review of the Chief Diversity Officer’s role on every campus
  • Increasing diversity:
    • Hiring: administrators, faculty, and professional staff
    • College Council representation
  • Prior learning and transfer credits, and
  • Improving campus life:
    • Expanded leadership institutes modeled off of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute
    • More inclusive clubs, and
    • Increased access through seamless pathways, Early College High School, and expanded Educational Opportunity Program

The plan will also examine the connections between historical racism and today’s structural inequities and uncover solutions within higher education.

Feedback and additional proposals may be submitted here by December 1.

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