Diversity & Inclusion
The purpose and mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to:
- Cultivate respect and inclusion, and encourage mutual understanding, acceptance, and fairness to all
- Help support the College-wide initiatives surrounding Diversity through collaborations in educational opportunities, trainings, celebrations and events
- Advise and assist the community in establishing and maintaining an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying
- Support the College’s commitment to Diversity recruitment and retention efforts
- Serve as a resource to the College community in issues that fall within the auspices of Diversity Management and Inclusion
Ithaca College values diversity because it enriches our community and the myriad experiences that characterize an Ithaca College education. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including but not limited to race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, and age. We are dedicated to addressing current and past injustices and promoting excellence and equity. Ithaca College continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas. We commit ourselves to change, growth, and action that embrace diversity as an integral part of the educational experience and of the community we create.
- Increase underrepresented ALANA student enrollment.
- Increase international student enrollment.
- Increase the graduation rate for underrepresented ALANA students to match the six-year graduation rate of their counterparts.
- Carry out a Campus Climate Survey for students, faculty, and staff on a regular basis and use the results to inform diversity initiatives across campus.
- Increase the number and retention of underrepresented ALANA faculty and staff.
- Ensure that student learning outcomes focused on diversity are incorporated into every student’s program of study (through the major, minor, general education curriculum, graduation requirement, or general elective) and are assessed.
- Develop/implement staff/faculty professional development opportunities related to diversity.
- Improve the student life/residence hall experience for ALANA/LGBT students.
- Create a physical campus environment that recognizes and celebrates diversity.
- Develop specific initiatives for achieving universal access and meeting the needs of students with disabilities in and out of the classroom.
- Increase the number and retention of international faculty and staff.
The mission of the Diversity Awareness Committee (DAC) is to provide educational programs, training sessions, and experiential activities on issues of diversity relevant to our campus community and in our society. The Committee strives through these events to bring positive change to attitudes, values, and behavior. The Diversity Awareness Committee also provides funding and other types of support to groups and individuals that are engaged in providing a variety of activities designed to provide educational programs, training sessions, and experiential activities on issues of diversity relevant to our campus community.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS A/Y 2013-2014:
- Bhavani Arabandi, Assistant Professor, Sociology
- Jean Celeste-Astorina, Student Disability Services
- Jonathon Cummings, Student
- David Dray, Assistant Director, Public Safety
- Evan Layne, Student
- Luca Maurer, Director, LGBTQ Education Center
- Wade Pickren, Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
- John Rawlins, Assistant Director, Multicultural Affairs, OSEMA
- Kerry Spitze, Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
- Darnell Thompson, Resident Director, Residential Life
- Maggie Wetter, Resident Director, Residential Life