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Improving Our Campus Climate

Listen, Learn, Respect

SUNY Plattsburgh is focused on fostering a campus environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all, and which celebrates the diverse experiences and perspectives of all members.

We confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination. We acknowledge deep-rooted misunderstandings and biases. We celebrate our differences.

We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all. We promote open expression of our individuality within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.

We are aware of the complex challenges facing many members of our campus community. We know we must do better and we are committed to making ‘better’ happen.

Progress Report

President Ettling in early 2018 initiated 10 key action steps for the campus to take. These steps are a starting point.

Supporting documents for are included as needed within the document.

Read the most recent update on action steps (PDF) updated December 14, 2018.

Social Justice Task Force

A Social Justice Task Force worked in the spring and summer of 2018, meeting with a range of campus and community stakeholders, consulting the work of researchers, and critically examining the work already taking place on campus.

As the task force notes, social justice is a “continuous process that involves and entire institution.” The work belongs to each of us.

As the campus works together to this end, President Ettling plans to create an independent, permanent social justice advisory group. This will serve as a vital voice on these matters helping leadership and the wider campus community stay on track.

Read the Social Justice Task Force recommendations (PDF).

Action Steps

Establish a bias response-and-referral process that will address bias incidents.

Enhance the effort to improve the diversity of faculty and professionals. We will review our practices and report annually on our progress.

Implement mandatory, face-to-face training for all employees on diversity and inclusion.

Engage students and legal counsel in a comprehensive review of our Student Conduct Manual.

Request the Faculty Senate to charge the General Education Committee to institute a mandatory diversity requirement for all students.

Form a Social Justice Task Force, consisting of students, faculty, alumni, staff and community members.

Send a letter to the SUNY Board of Trustees advocating for a change in the Display of the Flag Policy to support raising the Black Lives Matter flag and other flags that are representative of our student body.

Create a Multi-Cultural Unity Space in the Angell College Center.

Increase University Police presence to ensure the safety of our campus community.

Enlist regional leaders in discussions to address racism in our surrounding communities.

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