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February 1, 2019

To the Binghamton University Community,

Binghamton University is proud to celebrate February as Black History Month and to acknowledge the many contributions African Americans have made to society. As a University, we welcome this opportunity to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of generations of African Americans, to increase our understanding of the African diaspora and to recommit ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights and social justice.

Building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive campus is a crucial part of our efforts to becoming the premier public university. Our educational and research missions obligate us to search for the knowledge that enables our students to thrive in a diverse world. At the same time, a diverse campus broadens the range of insights and experiences that our students, faculty and staff can draw on in their work, so we can ask new questions and find better answers. Education, particularly at places like Binghamton, is essential to building a more inclusive society.

I hope that everyone on campus will take the opportunity this month to engage with the history and heritage that Black History Month honors through the variety of programs planned by the Black Student Union, other cultural student organizations and academic departments, in addition to larger community events.

Sincerely,

Harvey G. Stenger
President

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