April 16, 2015
Dear Binghamton University Community,
Binghamton University recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive community significantly adds to the education, discovery and outreach that define us as a premier public university. Diversity enriches the learning experiences of students, adds new perspectives that can push research and scholarship in exciting and novel directions, and helps all of us to be better citizens in our community. In the changing, globalized world of the 21st century, a campus that is not diverse and inclusive will not stay relevant — and certainly will not be premier.
For these reasons, Binghamton University is committed to finding ways to become a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus. Over the past two years, we've made diversity a key strategic priority, and have established the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) to provide the campus with support and oversight in its efforts to become a more inclusive campus.
In an effort to gauge the state of diversity and inclusion on campus, ODEI conducted its first Campus Climate Survey in April 2014. Its goal was to provide metrics and data for students, faculty and staff across the University related to institutional climate, inclusion and work-life issues. Based on the findings, which are available online (pdf, 1.4MB), ODEI will continue to develop and implement action plans and strategic initiatives to improve the overall campus climate and to inform programmatic initiatives and policies moving forward.
This has been a long and challenging process, and I want to thank the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for its efforts, as well as members of the campus community who have participated in the survey. Together, we will continue to work to become a campus that values the skills and talents of all its members.