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About ODEI

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)

ODEI champions initiatives that support individual expression and the recognition of distinct cultural identities. A multitude of differences colors our world view. Age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression and identity, language heritage, learning style, national origin, political expression, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, and status as a veteran impact the our diversity and how we experience society. The SUNY System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) works to promote SUNY’s Diversity Policy and build strategic diversity initiatives to support inclusion. ODEI aspires to help campuses create equity of access and inclusion throughout the 64 member system inclusion in both curricular and co-curricular environments. The foundation of SUNY as a system of public higher education created this imperative which is now sustained through many programmatic inclusion initiatives.

For more than half a century SUNY has upheld the ideals of public higher education and grown to become a 64-campus enterprise. The growing diversity and changing demographics of the state and its needs as an economic engine challenge the University to be responsive to workforce needs. Providing educational pathways and support for all the emerging populations is a priority for SUNY as it forges new curriculum, programs and responds to the ever changing demographics of our students.

Faculty, student and curricular initiatives are at the core of ODEI’s campus programs. An intentionally broad vision statement helps guide the multi-faceted agenda it supports.

"We will embody inclusive excellence in all that we do."

This vision allows us to work on new efforts in recruitment, retention and advancement to create a more diverse faculty and more robust graduate student enrollment. Moreover, as an office, ODEI supports the development of an equity mindset to sustain transformation and success for all members of the SUNY community. Our campuses also strive to support underrepresented students using scholarship support and innovation based on best practices.

Building SUNY’s faculty diversity is a 2019 Chancellor-driven priority. The acronym, PRODiG, (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth) encompasses a transformational effort has been designed to make SUNY as inclusive in its teaching staff as it is for the highly diverse students it serves. Additional efforts to build a graduate student pipeline through PRODi-G funding are also underway. Ultimately SUNY hopes to foster a culture where everyone will have the opportunity to succeed and thrive in recognition of their creativity, talent and diversity.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI)