The Office of the Assistant Provost for Diversity, along with the Collegewide Diversity Committee, guides efforts to communicate to the College community Brockport's commitment to diversity and equity; develop and monitor the College's Diversity Plan; prepare and analyze reports to monitor our success; and conceptualize and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational priority.
The holiday season is now upon us and we understand that having a festive work environment, especially during the winter holidays is important to many in our community. We must also be sensitive and respectful to individuals who choose not to participate in these festivities.
The office of Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity, in conjunction with the Diversity Committee offers the following suggestions to individuals and departments planning and displaying holiday decorations to ensure inclusiveness and respect for a wide range of religious and cultural customs. These suggestions are not meant as rules, but as a starting point for cross-cultural dialog.
When planning holiday displays on campus, please consider an inclusive approach to your creativity. Displays that feature exclusively single-themed decorations may be well intentioned, but they can marginalize those who celebrate other religious and cultural beliefs during this season. At this festive time, as always, we hope to foster a climate of mutual respect at the College, and one way to show our dedication to valuing human diversity would be to show that dedication in our holiday displays.
Here are some suggestions for inclusive decorations and celebrations:
For advice on keeping decorations inclusive please contact Susan Seem .
The Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant (PED) is administered by the Diversity Committee. The purpose of this grant is to support proposals from faculty, staff and students for scholarly and artistic events that will have an impact on our mission, curriculum, faculty and staff development, students and the teaching and learning environment . PED Grants support events that provide intellectual activities that will engage our community in conversations about diversity issues, prepare our students for leadership in a diverse world, and increase respect and tolerance for differences based on knowledge and shared experiences. The maximum award through this program is $1,500. Smaller requests are encouraged.
Apply for a PED Grant with our electronic application system. (Complete instructions are on the form.) DEADLINES for submissions: Feb. 21, 2014 • April 14, 2014.
Diversity at The College at Brockport is anchored in our mission to make "student success our highest priority." The College is committed to providing opportunities for students to see themselves as citizens of a culturally diverse society in a globally interdependent community and foster a lifelong civic engagement. Our continual process of goal-setting and embracing and enhancing diversity serves to engender student success and growth toward an inclusive community.
"Make an institution-wide commitment to embracing diversity in its fullest sense by setting goals and linking these goals with Middle States expectations and our own expectations for achieving a more inclusive community."
John R. Halstead, PhD
Guiding Principles of Diversity
Developed by the Diversity Committee and vetted by the College Senate and Brockport Student Government these Guiding Principles of Diversity have be adopted by The College:
Susan R. Seem, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS
Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity, Academic Affairs
350 New Campus Dr.
Brockport, NY 14420