Diversity and Inclusion

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Presidents of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley write open letter to the community:

January 25, 2019

As the presidents of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley, we share a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in our world. Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have unique histories, missions and strengths but we all share a dedication to embracing the diversity found among our students, employees, their families, alumni, friends, allies, guests to our campus, and members of the surrounding communities. Our campuses are communities where all are welcomed and valued.

This goes to the core of each of our institutions’ values, as reflected in our adopted statements on diversity and inclusion.* While they reflect the individual characters of our institutions, the statements clearly express a shared recognition that respecting and valuing the diversity of our community members is essential to achieving our educational missions. By respecting and engaging our group and social differences (in race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, abilities, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, age, and other social identities) and our individual differences (in personalities, learning styles, and life experiences), we build a more robust, inclusive learning and working environment that fosters critical thought, creativity, discovery, innovation, and the pursuit of academic excellence.

As institutions of education, we have often had to forge the path towards inclusion through our values and policies without the benefit of law or government support. This history serves us well. Our commitment to respecting and embracing the diversity on our campuses applies unequivocally to our transgender, intersex, and nonbinary community members. Similarly we will continue to embrace the international members of our community, endorse the benefit to our community of immigrant populations, and nurture the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.

We will continue to forge the path of inclusion to advance the greater public good.

Signed:

Anthony G. Collins
President
Clarkson University

Zvi Szafran
President
SUNY Canton

Kristin G. Esterberg
President
SUNY Potsdam

William L. Fox
President
St. Lawrence University

Clarkson University

Clarkson is a nationally ranked research university located in Potsdam, New York offering comprehensive programs in business, engineering, arts and sciences and health sciences. As a student-centered institution, Clarkson emphasizes a dynamic collaborative approach to learning through programs that span boundaries across disciplines and outstanding focused research.
www.clarkson.edu

SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton provides an accessible, affordable, high-quality education to students in New York and beyond. With diverse academic programs and a focus on real-world application, our hands-on education SUNY College of Technology at Canton prepares students for successful careers. The College offers 23 bachelor’s degrees, 22 associate degrees, and 7 one-year professional certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine offers 8 bachelor’s degrees, and more than 370 courses, fully online, so students can access our outstanding programs from anywhere with internet access. Ranked among the top U.S. Colleges for being military-friendly and environmentally focused, SUNY Canton invests in the potential of each of its students.
www.canton.edu

SUNY Potsdam

The State University of New York at Potsdam prepares students to act as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity and discovery. As an inclusive scholarly community rooted in its historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and leadership in the fine and performing arts, SUNY Potsdam is committed to the liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation.
www.potsdam.edu

St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
www.stlawu.edu