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the College...
not a select few.

Brockport's Efforts to Create a More Inclusive Community

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. 

15th Annual Diversity Conference
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Building Community through Diversity:
Personal Empowerment

This year’s theme, “Building Community through Diversity: Personal Empowerment,” will highlight diversity as an important value in building and nurturing a community through dialogue that addresses the myriad of challenges facing our society, as well as our growth in understanding and acting upon issues of diversity.

Liz Murray

Keynote Speaker:
Liz Murray

From homeless to is an unlikely turn of events. Liz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Read more about Ms. Murray

Call for Proposals due June 26!

Submit your proposal for the conference. The deadline is extended through June 26, 2015.

Volunteer for the Conference

Register to be a part of the volunteer team.


Award for Diversity Engagement

All members of the College community are encouraged to nominate a student, faculty or staff member who has demonstrated a thorough understanding of, appreciation for, and advocacy of diversity issues.  The more complete and in-depth the nomination letter, the greater is the likelihood of the nominee receiving the award.  Only information in the nomination letter, and not prior knowledge of the nominee, will be considered by the award committee when making their recommendation to the Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity.  It is advised that if you wish to nominate an individual for this prestigious award, that you confer with the person you are nominating to learn all that they have been involved in which would lend credence to their nomination letter.  It is also advised that you interview colleagues and others to find out what impact the nominee has had on them or their unit in pursuit of the diversity goals of the College.

 Complete guidelines and application for the Diversity Engagement award are on-line at:  Submission deadline is September 2, 2015.

 If you have any questions about what is required in the nomination letter or any aspect of this award, please contact the Office of Assistant Provost for Diversity at 585-395-5876 or  By nominating a deserving community member for this award, you will have demonstrated your commitment to diversity at The College at Brockport, and we greatly appreciate it!


 Previous Diversity Conference Speakers/Themes

2/25/2005 H Carl McCall Defining Civic Engagement in a Pluralistic Society
3/2/2006 Carvin Eison & Tukufu Zuberi Building Community through Diversity - Within Our Grasp Rebuilding Communities
3/1/2007 Carol Moseley Braun Building Community through Diversity - Within Our Grasp Leveraging the Power of Global Diversity
9/25/2008 Bill Miller Building Community through Diversity - Bridging the Gap
9/17/2009 John Quiñones Building Community through Diversity- Sharing the Dream
9/16/2010 Phylicia Rashad Building Community through Diversity - Looking Back, Moving Forward
9/22/2011 Marla Runyan Building Community through Diversity - Embracing a Culture of Accessibility
9/20/2012 Arsalan Iftikhar Building Community through Diversity - Spirituality, State and Politics
9/19/2013 Muriel Howard Building Community through Diversity - Championing Access and Equity
10/2/2014 Wade Davis Building Community through Diversity - Respecting Difference

Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grants

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:  September 25, 2015 • October 23, 2015 • February 19, 2016 • April 1, 2016. 

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 been adopted by The College:

As members of The College at Brockport, we are part of an academic community committed to fostering integrity, civility, and justice. We affirm that the dignity of our Brockport community is protected when free speech, academic freedom and individual rights are expressed within a climate of civility and mutual respect. Striving to learn from each other, we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination including, but not limited to, those based on race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability, as well as cultural, political, religious, spiritual or other affiliations. We value human diversity because it enriches our lives and it is fundamental to the College’s commitment to teaching, learning, scholarship and service leading to student success.


For information about Diversity initiatives at Brockport contact:

Faith Prather, PhD
Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity, Academic Affairs
350 New Campus Dr.
Brockport, NY 14420
(585) 395-5876


Last Updated 7/24/15