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Campus Commitments to Diversity and Inclusion

Syracuse University is fully committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and respectful campus community, not only in vision but in practice. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is rooted in the belief that multiple points of view, life experiences, ethnicities, cultures and belief systems are essential to academic excellence.

Progress of Student Concerns and Recommendations

Concerns of #NotAgainSU Students

Find the concerns and recommendations presented by the #NotAgainSU students, primarily led by Black students, peacefully protesting and signed by Chancellor Kent Syverud on Nov. 21, 2019, and the University’s response to concern addendums and expansions that were addressed in February and March 2020.

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Concerns of International Students

Find the concerns and recommendations presented by International students and signed by Chancellor Syverud on Nov. 21, 2019.
 

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Concerns of Jewish Students

Find the concerns and recommendations presented by Jewish students and signed by Chancellor Syverud on Nov. 21, 2019.
 

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Concerns of Indigenous Students

Find the concerns and recommendations presented by Indigenous students.
 

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Recent Messages to the Community

June 2, 2021

April 30, 2021

April 26, 2021

April 20, 2021

April 6, 2021

April 2, 2021

March 29, 2021

March 24, 2021

March 19, 2021

March 17, 2021

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Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion

A Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion was established by the Board of Trustees to develop recommendations on programs, policies and initiatives to foster and strengthen diversity and inclusion at Syracuse.

Committee Members


Independent Advisory Panel

An Independent Advisory Panel, comprised of four experts unaffiliated with the University, is responsible for engaging with the campus community and providing advice to the Special Committee in developing recommendations to build a stronger institutional framework.

Advisory Panel Members


Independent Review of the Department of Public Safety

The Honorable Loretta E. Lynch of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP conducted an independent review of the Department of Public Safety, beginning in February, 2020. The University cooperated fully with the review, accepts the recommendations put forward by Ms. Lynch and her team and will move forward with their implementation.

Read the DPS Review  Community Review Board Membership Application


Student Activism Engagement Team

The Student Activism Engagement Team is a collective of community stakeholders appointed by the senior leadership at Syracuse University. It assists students by expressing student concerns related to student activism, provides resource and guidance and connects students with areas and individuals that make decisions.

Engagement Team Members


Creating an Inclusive, Welcoming and Safe Campus Community

Over the past four years, Syracuse University has taken action and made significant investments to foster an inclusive, welcoming and safe community. These include:

  • Academic enhancements;
  • Faculty and staff training and hiring for diversity;
  • Regular updates to the community;
  • A top to bottom review of Greek Life;
  • Enhancements to Health and Wellness services;
  • Student financial support and student employment services;

And many other actions. See a comprehensive list of actions and investments

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