Diversity Statement

SUNY Morrisville is proudly committed to the continued work of creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all of its members. As part of the higher education system, Morrisville understands the importance of engaging students in activities that not only educate but also help them develop skills necessary to contribute to a global community. Faculty, staff, and the college encourage and celebrate diversity work that involves students as part of the college and surrounding community.

Whether it is a college-wide project celebrating SUNY Morrisville's diversity, or a more community-based project helping local families with volunteer work, faculty and staff help foster students' education and development, encouraging them to become involved, balanced, and informed members of an increasingly global and diverse community.  Student clubs, in conjunction with the Student Government Organization and Student Activities, sponsor diversity activities across our three campuses that reach out to our domestic and international students.  Some of these events are the International coffee hours, cultural fairs, and International Education Week activities. Grants are awarded each year by the Shelia Johnson Institute (SJI) to faculty and staff which fund opportunities for students that promote leadership and diversity. Additionally SJI provides matching funds for the Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program, CSTEP, STEP, and EOP which benefit students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion includes our promise to have a fully represented community which includes, but is not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical capability, age, creed, sexual identity, veteran status, and economic means.

Our college will be an inclusive, open, and nurturing community that reflects the population of our state and reflects the value of global thoughts and ideas that improve our broadened view and experiences for all of our community members.

The State University of New York system was created to provide access to educational opportunities for the citizens of the state who had been denied this access to learning from private institutions. The path to education was restricted by race, ethnicity, religion, and other barriers that were uncontrollable. SUNY’s statutory mission statement declares the opportunity for educational services that will be provided by the state giving the broadest access to allow for full representation to all segments of the population. It is our intent at SUNY Morrisville to ensure that this commitment continues to be affirmed and supported on our campuses in Morrisville, Syracuse, and Norwich.