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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at The Crane School of Music

The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, is committed to substantive change with measurable goals and transparency on our progress. The importance of this work was acknowledged by the SUNY Potsdam President with the appointment of Dr. William L. Lake, Jr. as Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Initiatives in June 2021. Dr. Lake was charged to work alongside Interim Dean Dr. David Heuser on a number of initiatives, some already ongoing as well as a number of new initiatives. Dr. Lake also heads up the newly formed Crane Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee.

This website will provide us an opportunity to share our efforts and progress with the wider Crane School community, and in the context of diversity throughout SUNY Potsdam.

Design Sprints

Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, members of the Crane Community are invited to participate in a solution-oriented series of think tanks aimed to provide our administration, faculty, and student body feedback and actionable ideas for equity, inclusivity, and belonging. Opportunities for participation will include both in-person and virtual options. An assortment of meetings will take place throughout the year highlighting needs of our unique intersections and fostering a more diverse student experience.

Diversity Design Springs offer the Crane DEIB Committee an opportunity to engage with members of unique affinity groups in the Crane Community. Together attendees will brainstorm solutions, clarify institutional inequities, and recommend policy and curricular reform to our administration, faculty, and student organizations. Allies are welcome to attend as well.

Design Sprint Schedule (location information will be shared through the Crane Student Association and on Engage)

  • BIPOC Affinity Circle: September 6 and 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
  • LGBQTIA+ Affinity Circle: October 4 and 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
  • Disabled Affinity Circle: November 1 and 8, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gender Equality Affinity Circle: December 6 and 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

BIPOC Affinity Circle Survey

The Crane DEIB Committee has begun the process of gathering feedback from alumni, faculty,

staff, and students regarding the inclusiveness of the Crane School of Music community. The survey was open through September 30, 2021. With the survey window now closed, the information provided will be gathered and synthesized as a cumulative report.

This survey is anonymous. In addition, unedited responses will only be visible to Dr. William L. Lake, Jr., Special Assistant to the Dean for Crane Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives and Dr. David Heuser, Interim Dean for the Crane School of Music. Responses will be redacted before being shared with member of the community for review and analysis.

2021-2022 Events/Initiatives