To The College at Brockport Community,
In light of the recent events at the University of Missouri, Yale and Ithaca College, we want to address the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion here at The College at Brockport.
We started this academic year with President Heidi Macpherson presenting the Better Community Statement to incoming students at our opening convocation. This declaration, created by Brockport faculty and staff, articulates our shared values about respect, inclusion and tolerance. Every new student received a coin with the Better Community insignia on it, a tangible reminder of these fundamental community principles.
We have continued this year with a number of initiatives to educate our community about cultural competence as well as to provide forums for ongoing discussions about difficult issues and feelings around race. We have instituted diversity training as part of the orientation for our new faculty, and we are in the process of identifying the best ongoing training for current faculty and staff. We are working with our students to develop a plan for them to share stories of their experiences at Brockport in order to encourage ongoing conversations and improve our campus climate.
Our Diversity Committee has been strengthened and is working on a new strategic plan under the direction of faculty member Jennifer Ratcliff and Interim Assistant Provost Faith Prather. In response to the tragic shootings which occurred in the city of Rochester this summer, a coalition of individuals on campus organized our first Community Conversation facilitated by Assistant Provost Prather. This developed into a series of such conversations that have continued this fall.
The College Senate General Education committee is recertifying the diversity (D) courses this year to ensure that these courses are achieving the approved student learning outcomes. The freshman APS has reinstituted a module on diversity.
These and many more activities on campus, from speakers to classroom material to training offered across campus, testify to a community that is committed to the values of respect and inclusion embodied in the Better Community Statement.
We are a microcosm of the larger society and face many of the same social issues. We encourage all of you to participate in the activities and events that the campus offers around equity, diversity and inclusion.
As a community we have moved forward on a number of fronts in terms of talking about difficult issues concerning race and diversity. We need to continue to engage in these activities and conversations in an intentional and sincere way. If there are additional opportunities or activities you think we should be involved in, please don't hesitate to let us know.
Dr. Heidi R. Macpherson, President
Dr. Mary Ellen Zuckerman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. James “Beau” Willis, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Dr. Kathryn Wilson, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Mr. Michael Andriatch, Vice President for Advancement
Mr. David Mihalyov, Chief Communications Officer