Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action
Social justice initiatives will continue to push and challenge the campus community to become more open-minded, progressive, and aware about communities inside and outside of SUNY Plattsburgh.
Claudia Theagene ’21
Community Listen In
The Community Listen In is an annual flagship event for faculty, staff and students to engage in dialogue and receive guidance from subject-matter experts on equity-related issues impacting the community.
- Fall 2020 — Breathing Room: A Space to Metabolize Racial Trauma with Dr. Kenneth Hardy
The Speak Series are listening sessions where students communicate with administrators to share their experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion and to call for systemic change. The series has three parts: a Speak Out where students speak and administrators listen; a Speak Back, where administrators reflect on what they heard at the Speak Out and share with students the changes that can be made and when the changes can occur; and the Speak Together which enables the community to be in dialogue to examine what is working, what needs to be kept and the things that need to be changed.
The Speak Series is a continued partnership between students and administrators to bring about model communication, accountability and systemic change.
2020–2021 Speak Series Highlights
Colleges and universities must create academic initiatives that engage students intellectually and foster an understanding of group-based inequalities and other dynamics that affect intergroup relationships.
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Dialogue is a collaborative communication process that engages the community in self-other exchanges that highlight similarities and differences in experiences. Intergroup dialogues encourage direct encounter and exchange about contentious issues, especially those associated with issues of social identity and social categories (i.e., wealth, income, race, education, ethnicity, gender, occupation, social status, etc.)
Students, faculty and staff will engage in dialogue through a number of models.
Intergroup Dialogue Spaces
Title IX Initiatives