Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
At SUNY Erie we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community,
and we strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced.
The office works with community organizations, businesses, school districts, and other partners to help develop collaborative relationships within SUNY Erie Community College and the surrounding community, both on and off campus.
While we won’t solve every challenge, we will create the kind of environment where we shed light and use best practices to move the college community forward. After all, a diverse and inclusive campus creates an environment where all can and will be expected to succeed.
SUNY Erie Equity & Diversity Plan 2018-2022
Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and will become responsible citizens of the world.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
SUNY Erie Community College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or in the administration of any of its policies and programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the Civil Rights Compliance Officer listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.
The following Officw has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
Office of Equity and Diversity
South Campus, Room 1101, 4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:
New York Office
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,
New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;
Tel (646) 428-3800; Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov
Students' Rights Under Equal Employment/Diversity Policy
Students have the right to a discrimination free educational program in course offerings and all campus activities. In 1964, the passage of the Civil Rights Act rendered discrimination on the basis of race in schools and other institutions illegal. In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions and programs. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 504, as well as the Americans With Disabilities Act, protects the rights of students with disabilities, which means that particular efforts must be made to ensure accessibility to campus facilities and programs to persons with disabilities whether they matriculated, non-matriculated, undergraduate or graduate students, faculty or other employees. It means permitting access and full participation by persons with a wide range of disabilities through the elimination of architectural, public relations, program and attitudinal barriers.
Students' rights include equal opportunity in admissions, financial aid and counseling. Differential treatment on the basis of gender or race, or any other protected class in the classroom which affects the performance of the student and which constitutes harassment is prohibited.
If a student feels he or she has been discriminated against for the above reasons, the individual should contact the Director of Equity and Diversity or the Dean of students.
President’s Council on Equity and Diversity
The President’s Council on Equity and Diversity provides College leadership and the community with guidance, advocacy, education, and assessment needed to achieve the goals outlined within the College’s Strategic Plan. To this end, the ED Council recommends appropriate policies, practices and initiatives to support and enhance college EDI efforts, assisting in creating a welcoming campus culture and climate that embraces the rich diversity of all students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Hon. Lenora Foote-Beavers, Community Member
Cheryl John, Community Member
Francesca Messiah, Community Member
Adiam Tsegai, Ex-Officio
Anti-Racism Task Force
A group of concerned faculty and staff focused on identifying policies and procedures that are barriers to having an all-inclusive campus, to protect marginalized populations and educating students about anti-racism through activities and programming.
A diversity series focused on educating faculty and staff on race, gender, religion, global awareness, marginalized populations, etc., through historical perspectives and current day events in the form of workshops and book readings. To eliminate stereotypes, bias and microaggressions in the classroom and workspace.
Racial Equity Impact Analysis Coaches (REIA)
Faculty, staff and administrators from different departments and all ranks across campus who have participated in a 4-hour REIA training that helps you raise the overall bar and close racial gaps that exist on any given indicator by devising or revising approaches so that they speak specifically to how different groups experience an issue. Greater intentionality to understanding how groups are differently situated, and more strategic action in how to alter existing policies and practices in order to achieve greater results for all groups. Coaches serve on hiring search committees and lead efforts within their respective units.
Members of the applied learning and global engagement office working with the equity and diversity office to educate and create opportunities for all students to think globally and have an international experience.