President's Council on Diversity

Message from the Co-Chairs

President George M. Philip convened the President’s Council on Diversity in Fall 2011 as part of an effort to study and evaluate the University’s programs, policies, and progress related to diversity. It has been our privilege to lead this Council, made up of a diverse group of faculty and staff from across the University, and to be part of this critical process of cultivating inclusive excellence at the University at Albany.

The Council has met regularly, as a body and in subcommittees identified as key areas of study: Faculty and Staff Campus Climate, Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention, Leadership Development and Student Retention & Campus Climate. Through face-to-face meetings, in-depth research, and reaching out to a wide range of campus stakeholder groups, the Council has made tremendous progress toward its charge.

Over the past several months, each subcommittee has undertaken research to assess the University’s current state of diversity activities. The subcommittees have also examined available statistics and used different methodological approaches, such as focus groups, to develop a comprehensive picture. The findings of each subcommittee are currently being analyzed, and Council members are developing recommendations based on those findings and research on national best practices. Our process was greatly enhanced by training and leadership development from Dr. Frances Kendall, a nationally known expert in campus diversity practices.

Our full report is in preparation and will be presented in early 2013. 

We would like to thank President Philip for his ongoing support of our work, and we look forward to working closely with the incoming president, Dr. Robert Jones—along with the campus community as a whole—to move forward on creating diversity policies, practices, and programs that will truly create a climate of inclusive excellence on our campus.

Tamra Minor, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for the Office of
Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences