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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 Student Protesters

Find the concerns and recommendations presented by the 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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Indigenous Student Concerns and Solutions (under discussion)

Recent Messages to the Community

July 10, 2020

June 17, 2020

June 15, 2020

June 11, 2020

June 9, 2020

June 4, 2020

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

A Special Committee on Campus Climate, Diversity and Inclusion, co-led by Richard Alexander and Jeffrey Scruggs, 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

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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