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Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Statement

SUNY Potsdam is dedicated to embracing the diversity of its community members. Students, employees, their families, alumni, friends, allies, guests to our campus, and members of the surrounding communities are all recognized as valued members of our community. In our community, we find an increasingly diverse population – with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, age, and other social identities – and strive to promote an environment that is respectful of our differences. In this regard, we are dedicated to creating, empowering, and sustaining a community that is built on trust and a universal commitment to respect for all, irrespective of backgrounds, experiences and identities; and which welcomes and encourages the variety of human experience and the uniqueness of each individual. We believe a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is essential in preparing engaged global citizens to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity, discovery, and the pursuit of academic excellence – values which are rooted in our educational mission to support individualized curricula and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Therefore, we believe we must continue to educate ourselves and engage with North Country communities, striving to become a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, within both the region and the SUNY system.

~ Approved by the President's Council, September 14, 2016