The Office of Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Oneonta began its efforts in 2006, created as a recommendation to then President Alan Donovan by the President’s Council on Diversity. Over the years it has adapted to the changing needs of the campus community, and is now an umbrella unit for multiple institutional responsibilities that are dedicated to issues of diversity in their broadest sense. The Office of Equity and Inclusion is led by the Chief Diversity Officer, Terrence Mitchell, a member of the President’s Cabinet, who is responsible for supervision of the Affirmative Action/Title IX office, the Center for Multicultural Experiences, the Diversity Education and Community Outreach office, the Faculty Associate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Multicultural Student Initiatives. Our hope is to provide advisement, consistency, and support for diverse constituents, the whole of the campus community and for our institutional aspirations. Our work supports institutional core values that provide the foundation for all that the College does, with a particular focus on student engagement and building an inclusive and welcoming community. We accomplish our goals by focusing on the needs of individual diverse community members, on the success of students from diverse communities, and on educating and supporting programming to build an inclusive community.
2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED)
SUNY Oneonta received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This national honor recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is dedicated to supporting the equity, diversity, and inclusion endeavors of SUNY Oneonta's academic divisions, administrative departments, and all offices. Important to our mission is our work with both individuals and groups in their efforts to feel included and have voice in shaping our community. We further strive to acknowledge, embrace and affirm a broad vision of diversity that recognizes emergent communities and their needs in our effort to be truly inclusive. The Office accomplishes these ideals through engaging in cross divisional collaborations, participating in and providing professional development opportunities to build consensus and understanding, and working tirelessly to create an inclusive civil working and learning campus community.
Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan
Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan, Goals, Objectives and Action Items, November 1, 2016
Goal 1: Increase the recruitment and success of students who represent the diversity of New York state residents
Goal 2: Increase the diversity of faculty, staff, and administrators to optimize conditions for all employees and provide students access to a plurality of diverse perspectives
Goal 3: Foster an understanding of power and privilege, and the complexities of individual and social identities to create a safe and inclusive climate
Goal 4: Make quality learning experiences equally accessible to all students
Andrew Stammell, J.D., Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator and Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer
Anne Winchester, Secretary
Faith Tiemann, Director, Multicultural Student Experiences
135 Netzer Administration Building
Oneonta, New York 13820
Phone: (607) 436-2830
Fax: (607) 436-2813