Diversity and Inclusion Plan Task Force (created 5/4/2016)
The State University of New York at New Paltz (the College) values diversity of thought, expression, and experience and is committed to providing an employment and educational environment that promotes excellence through equity and inclusion. The Office of Compliance and Campus Climate welcomes collaboration alongside campus partners to identify goals and develop supporting and related actions that will integrate and sustain inclusiveness and community building into the life of the institution.
Diversity is represented in all human differences through intersecting identities, race/ethnicity, sexual identity/orientation, ideas and world views, national origin, gender, religion, age, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and life experiences, to name just a few. Everyone comes to the discussion of diversity with varying levels of comfort, information, and experience. There must be a platform of respect for these different levels so that all may feel inclusion in the work. As an educational institution we must all take responsibility to create an environment where these differences can be recognized, celebrated, and explored under a common purpose to enrich lives here and beyond our campus. We must make room for the different levels of experience and comfort among members of our community in order to create safe spaces for expression and learning.
Inclusion is practiced when human differences are appreciated and embraced, and when there is an expectation of respect for the contributions these differences make to the life of the College. Inclusion is not just statistical, nor can it be satisfied through only visual representations. Inclusion is not achieved in a fixed point in time or through a single position. Inclusion is not the product of one program, one presentation, or one policy. The practice of inclusion is an ongoing responsibility of all who study and work here, and it must become part of our collective standard of conduct and nurtured by our community at all levels.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to our mission of excellence. This work is multi-faceted, deliberate, thoughtful, often complex, but always necessary. We are committed to realizing the promise of this work by supporting diversity, opportunity, and access in our curriculum, creative and co-curricular activities, services, and administrative goals. We recognize the need to work through and eliminate barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded or underrepresented populations.
These ideals can be engaged openly and respectfully. This engagement should offer us the opportunity to be challenged, inspired, and transformed as both individuals and as a campus community. Ideas for programs and/or educational material are always welcomed.
Please note this website is a work in progress and we welcome the campus community's input on what should be included here. If you know of a program or resource on campus that has not been included and should be added, please contact Matt Skillman at 845-257-2615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.