About the Committee
The Racial Justice Committee, created in July 2020, works to provide opportunities for dialogue among faculty and staff related to racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
The University at Albany is committed to achieving a status of true diversity, equity, and inclusion across its campus.
As a University, we have a critical role to play in ensuring that our academic community develops a thorough understanding of the history of racial injustice in the United States, its impact on higher education, and its implications for the current status of diversity here at UAlbany.
Acquiring this background information is imperative if we are to fully comprehend how the people of color in our community experience the UAlbany campus climate.
Based on this understanding, we as a campus will develop initiatives, policies, and practices that will result in creating the inclusive environment we envision.
To that end, the committee is charged with the following responsibilities:
Developing a comprehensive plan to:
deepen our understanding of race and racial justice and promote appreciation of diversity and inclusion
promote a harmonious community culture that addresses micro-aggressions and other toxic behaviors and calls them out wherever they surface
develop a vision for an inclusive campus climate to be incorporated into all campus diversity and inclusion operational plans
Implementing programming, including:
listening sessions with senior-level staff, looking at the history of racial injustice in the U.S., its impact on higher education, and its effects on the status of diversity at UAlbany
campus community dialogues that unpack factors that create racial injustices
ally training sessions and ally building across campus
Developing metrics to systematically assess the progress of efforts
Presenting semi-annual reports to ODI on outcomes, accomplishments, and challenges
Joyce Dewitt-Parker, Assistant Vice President for Health and Well-Being and Licensed Psychologist
University Hall, Room 203 | [email protected] | 518-956-8140
Karyn Loscocco, Professor of Sociology
Arts and Sciences 321 | [email protected] |518-442-4621
Darcie Abbatiello, Museum Registrar for Art Museum
Fine Arts 101 | [email protected] | 518-442-4035
Alejandra Bronfman, Associate Professor and Chair of Latin American, Caribbean & Latina/o Studies
Social Science 250 | [email protected] | 518-442-4890
Berly L Brown, Education and Public Engagement Coordinator for Art Museum
Fine Arts 101 | [email protected] | 518-442-4035
Samuel Caldwell, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
University Hall 207 | [email protected] | 518-956-8112
Yu-Hui Chen, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies
LI 304 | [email protected] | 518-442-3586
Ho Kwan Cheung, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Social Science 377 | [email protected] | 518-442-4820
Angie Y Chung, Professor and Director of Sociology Honors Program
Arts and Science 304 | [email protected]
Laurie Garafola, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Community Development
University Hall 206 | [email protected] | 518-956-8140
Ekow King, Assistant to Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of Intercultural Student Engagement
Campus Center 130 | [email protected] | 518-442-5565
Paul S Grondahl, Director of NYS Writers Institute
Science Library 320 | [email protected] | 518-442-5620
Qing (Tingting) Liu, Sociology
Arts and Science 351 | [email protected] | 518-442-4690
Ineke Murakami, Associate Professor of English, Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Humanities 328 | [email protected] | 518-442-4072
Sheila Seery, Vice President of Government & Community Relations
University Hall 104F | [email protected] | 518-956-8163
Brian Tang, Associate Professor of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences
Earth Science 324 | [email protected] | 518-442-4572
Elizabeth Vasquez, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Health Sciences Campus 129 GEC | [email protected] | 518-408-2362
Vivian S Wilson-Hwang, Staff Psychologist/Prevention Specialist for Counseling & Psychological Services
Dutch Quad | [email protected] | 518-442-5800
Kaori O Chen, Graduate Student
Christine Choi, Graduate Student
Ivan Kristhiane G Daquial
Zhifan Luo, Graduate Student
Shakera Tems, Equity and Inclusion Chair, Graduate Student Association
Jaci Yong, Undergraduate Psychology Major
Amy Zhang, Alumna
Standing with our AAPI Community
The University at Albany stands strongly and unequivocally with the Asian, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
As an institution of higher education, we must play a leadership role in helping dismantle violence, bigotry, and hatred against these communities. Our moral compass must move us from words of indignation to concrete actions.
To support our AAPI community members and raise awareness about anti-AAPI discrimination and bias, the Racial Justice Committee invites the entire campus community to participate in upcoming programming and to share your voice.
Together we unite to eliminate all forms of marginalization and discrimination.
How to Support AAPI and their Allies
Report incidents of hate, harassment and other forms of discrimination to the Bias Response Team.
Sign up for a Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training.
Take care of your mental health. Visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website to schedule an individual appointment or attend a virtual group session. Additional mental health resources are available through the Asian Mental Health Collective.