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“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance”
~ SUNY Central Chief Diversity Officer Carlos Medina

Please consider joining one of DIAC’s subcommittees.

DIAC Background

SUNY Potsdam values diversity and inclusiveness in a number of ways, notably as expressed in the College’s Mission Statement, our new Diversity Statement, and the Potsdam Pledge – our unique expression of commitment to community. DIAC seeks to assess and address the diversity and inclusiveness needs of the college community. We work to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where all students, faculty, and staff are valued and any issues that arise are dealt with in a timely and effective manner.

  • DIAC Steering Committee: The chairs of the subcommittees, plus three ex-officio members, form the DIAC Steering Committee.
  • DIAC Chair: The DIAC Chair is appointed by Dr. Bernadette Tiapo, Associate Vice President of the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She and the DIAC Chair handle all requests to join DIAC subcommittees.
  • DIAC Subcommittees: The subcommittees, often in collaboration with campus programs, support diversity, equity, and inclusion by improving or developing tools, events, and programs. Current members and the mission statement for each subcommittee are listed on the DIAC Members page. At the end of a two-year term, subcommittee members can request to continue, to move to another subcommittee, or to step down.

Subcommittees and Meeting Times

Meeting times for fall 2017 are set. If your preferred subcommittee meets at a time that is inconvenient for you, please apply to join another committee.

  • Diversity Programming & Student Training: Alternating Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
  • Campus Climate and Outreach: Please apply if you are interested. Alternating Mondays at 3 p.m.
  • Community Outreach: Last Friday of each month from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Communication and Membership: Alternating Mondays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Curriculum, Policy, and Faculty/Staff Advocacy: Alternating Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Please Join

Please indicate your willingness to serve on a particular subcommittee by emailing the following information to

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Are you a student or a member of the faculty, staff, or classified staff?:
  • Department/Office/Major:
  • Which DIAC Subcommittee would you like to join? (Please check the established meeting time for current semester, above.)
  • Please tell us why you would like to join DIAC.

Student members of DIAC must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, when they apply to join DIAC and at the start of each semester of their term. DIAC has this policy to show its care and support for its student members, as well as our concern for their academic success. Each sub-committee chair or designee will provide academic mentoring to the student members on their sub-committee. The DIAC chair will provide academic mentoring to all students on the DIAC Steering Committee.

If you have any questions or concerns about the DIAC process, please contact