Upcoming holidays, Campus Climate Update, EDI Strategic Plan Update, and call for Diversity Conference Proposals

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Greetings everyone!

As we begin the 2023 holiday season, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion would like you to be mindful of the various holidays that may be observed in the coming weeks. While Christmas tends to be the most visible of these holidays it is far from the only one being celebrated. We encourage everyone to share their traditions with members of the community and be open to learning about the traditions of others. Please be inclusive in your holiday greetings, celebrations, and office decorations, particularly if your office is public facing or in an open space.

Below is a brief list of the holidays taking place in the coming days and weeks.

  • Hanukkah-December 7-15, 2023
  • Christmas-December 25, 2023
  • Kwanzaa-December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024

SUNY Brockport recognizes the diverse faith traditions represented among its campus community, as well as those who do not practice a faith tradition, and supports the rights of faculty, staff, and students to observe or not according to these traditions.

I’d also like to share with you some updates about what OEDI has been working on during the fall semester.

Campus Climate Survey

The President’s Committee on Campus Climate has begun hosting forums to share the findings of the survey conducted in November 2022 and, most importantly, engage in discussions about how to improve our campus climate moving forward. The committee has completed a series of forums with the Division of Academic Affairs and is now scheduling forums for all remaining university divisions, Brockport University Senate, Brockport Student Government and other students. These forums will resume in January 2024. Additional Information will follow.

EDI Strategic Plan

The EDI Strategic Plan Committee is in the final stages of drafting a new plan for the next five years. Once the draft is complete, the committee will share with all shared governance bodies for review.

22nd Annual Diversity Conference Call for Proposals

The Annual Diversity Conference: Creating Brave Spaces will take place Wednesday March 27, 2024. The diversity conference planning committee invites and encourages students, faculty, and staff to submit a proposal, aligned with this year’s theme Creating Brave Spaces. Proposals are due, Wednesday, December 20, 2023. For more information, please visit the Diversity Conference page on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at oedi@brockport.edu.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season.

P.S. Did you know? Microsoft 365 Pronouns coming this Winter!

BITS announced how Microsoft has introduced the ability to include pronouns in your Microsoft 365 profile. This feature will be coming to Brockport’s Microsoft 365 environment this winter. To learn more about pronouns in your Microsoft 365 Profile check out this Microsoft Article!

Dr. Lorraine Acker, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
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