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Inclusive Excellence: Resources for Learning About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This guide is designed for all ESF students, staff, and faculty to become familiar with important issues regarding inclusive excellence.

Resources

In an effort to formally recognize students who use names other than their legal names on a daily basis, SUNY ESF is implementing a Chosen/Preferred First Name Procedure through which students can officially notify the College of their preferred name. Through this process, the College will update the student’s name on a variety of electronic records and communication systems. Please read below for further information about this procedure and the limitations of changes.

Change your name at SUNY ESF

Change your name legally in New York State

Your DNA can reveal your heritage and ancestors you never knew you had--places and people deep in your past where records can't always take you. Identity cannot be commandeered by simply discovering that you have a particular heritage. Please be careful to respect the cultural legacy of all identities. The list below is not an endorsement, rather, it is a sampling of resources that may assist you in determining your race and/or ethnic heritage.

To see what makes you unique, try Ancestry.com

Find your roots with 23 and Me

Uncover Ethnic Origins using My Heritage DNA

Discover your true story! GPS Origins

Start your journey with Living DNA

 

Health and safety are critically important to the learning environment. The ability to choose a public restroom that meets individual needs is an expectation that should be met across the campus. The campus' goal is to provide a range of bathroom options in all buildings, whenever possible. Modifications are underway to provide additional multi-user gender inclusive restrooms across campus.

Locations of Women’s, Gender Inclusive/All-Gender & Single Occupant Bathrooms

Google Map of Bathrooms on Campus

 

National Resources

CNY Solidarity Coalition | CNY Solidarity Coalition is a grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals that aims to protect and fight alongside People of Color, Immigrants, Refugees, LGBTQI people, the Muslim Community, the Jewish Community, Women, People with Disabilities, People with Mental Illness, the Deaf Community, Teachers, Scientists, Environmentalists, and all other marginalized and oppressed groups and entities that are likely to be targeted in these uncertain times.

Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) | The Hispanic National Bar Association is the incorporated, nonprofit, national association of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors and law students committed to promoting the goals and objectives of the association. The HNBA has been the principal force behind the increased representation of Hispanics in all sectors of the legal profession, and has served as the legal voice for Hispanics for more than 20 years.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national nonprofit organization with the principal objective of protecting and promoting the civil rights of U.S. Latinos through litigation, advocacy, educational outreach and the awarding of law scholarships.

National Association for Hispanic Elderly (ANPPM) | The National Association for Hispanic Elderly was founded to inform policy makers and the general public about the status and needs of elderly Hispanics and other low-income elderly. The organization provides direct social services and training and technical assistance to community groups and professionals in the field of aging. It also produces and distributes bilingual information on the Hispanic elderly.

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) | The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials empowers Hispanics to participate fully in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

Student Legal Services | Free Legal Services for SU and ESF Students

Syracuse University Office of Multicultural Affairs | The SU OMA provides support and promotes the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) | The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to bringing the issues and concerns of the nation’s more than 2 million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda.

Vera House | A group that supports victims of sexual and domestic abuse through counseling, advocacy, education, and shelter.

Volunteer Lawyers Project | A non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal information, assistance, and representation in civil legal matters to low-income people. Our services are provided by volunteer attorneys with the help of law students and are supervised by a small staff. Our mission is to provide equal access to justice to those in need.

U.S. Citizenship Application | Apply for a US Citizenship following these 10 steps.

General Requirements for Acquisition of Citizenship at Birth | From the US. Citizenship and Immigration Services states “a person born in the United States who is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States is a U.S. citizen at birth, to include a person born to a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribe”.

Passport for U.S. Born Baby | The passport application form and additional information may be found at the U.S. Department of State website. Instructions for the U.S. Passport Application, including the Requirements for Children section are available on the site.

Office of International Education | Supports the greater internationalization of ESF through the development and delivery of services and programs that help international students, scholars, faculty and staff accomplish their academic and professional goals.

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) | The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in accounting, finance and related professions. ALPFA is a not-for-profit entity registered with the Internal Revenue Service.

ESF Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Human Rights Campaign LGBT Student Scholarship Database | List of scholarships by state

Point Foundation | National LGBTQ scholarship fund

SUNY Smart Track | Empowered Financial Planning

Latino GLBT History Project | Collection of GLBT historical archives

Latino USA | Podcast of LGBTQ Latino/a stories

Unity Coalition | Advocacy and education organization for LGBT equality

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) | The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is to develop the next generation of Hispanic leaders. Its vision is an educated and civically active Hispanic community that participates at the local, state and federal policy decision-making levels.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities | The Hispanic Association of Colleges and University is a national organization representing the accredited colleges

and universities in the United States where Hispanic students constitute at least 25 percent of the total student enrollment.

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) | The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) strives to ensure that participation of the Hispanic community in corporate America is commensurate with Hispanic purchasing power. Responsible corporations endeavor to include Hispanics in employment, procurement, philanthropy and corporate governance.

Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community | The LKC works in collaboration with other higher education and national partners to advance and support increased understanding of Latinx/a/o issues and experiences, as well as the development and advancement of policies and action related to Latinx/a/o national issues

Moon's Library's Guide to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity | Guide line to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.

National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) | The mission of the National Hispanic Corporate Council is to provide its member corporations with the resources, market intelligence, collective expertise, education and counsel to implement proven strategies for reaching the Hispanic community externally and leveraging Hispanic talent internally.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc. | a professional society that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) | The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles, was formed as a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.

Syracuse University/ESF LGBT Resource Center | Community building, outreach/networking, and intellectual/leadership development that centers marginalized genders and sexualities

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute | The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute was founded as an independent, nonprofit research organization to foster sound public policies and programs relevant to the Hispanic community.    

The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children (CHFC) | The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children aims to improve the quality of life for Hispanic children and families. CHFC has developed and implemented programs that meet the needs of low-income Hispanic families and children in such critical areas as youth development, child care, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, immigrant services, public policy and advocacy.

Emergency Assistance for Adults | Financial assistance

Medical Insurance | Medicaid

National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) | Addresses issues of health disparities, economic security, abuse and victimization of the elderly and their families and builds affordable housing for the elderly.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Food Assistance

CNY Solidarity Coalition |

Crisis Text Line | Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 100 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.

National Council of La Raza | The National Council of La Raza. the country’s largest national constituency-based Hispanic organization, was established to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SAVR) Resources  | SUNY SAVR provides information to seek resources and support, and to report crime to law enforcement and campus police.                             

Vera House | A group that supports victims of sexual and domestic abuse through counseling, advocacy, education, and shelter.

ESF Athletics | ESF Athletics resources and Information

You Can Play Project | Promoting respect for all athletes

NCAA Office of Inclusion | NCAA resources and information

Counseling Services | SUNY ESF Counseling Services

ACR Health | ACR Health is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose services include syringe exchange, drug user health hub, prevention and sexual health services, and the network of Q Centers and support groups for LGBTQ people, families, and allies, as well as navigators to help individuals and businesses make informed health insurance decisions.

NAMI Syracuse | National Alliance on Mental Illness

Planned Parenthood  | Provides reproductive healthcare including cancer screenings, STI testing, and health and wellness services

Reporting Bias or Discrimination

Bias Reporting | ESF has a Bias Response Program for reporting bias, an umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to, incidents of harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, and microaggressions. Any person who has experienced or witnessed a bias incident is encouraged to report it and seek the necessary resources.

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence

Every member of the campus community, including faculty and staff should use their best efforts to accommodate students and staff who are pregnant and parenting, pursuant to ESF policies.  The college does not intentionally discriminate in any of its education or employment programs and activities on the basis of an individual’s membership in any protected classes as set forth in state or federal law. To that end, the Non-Discrimination Policy, prohibits specific forms of behavior that violate state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”), and related state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

If any member of our community feels they have been discriminated against, harassed, or treated unfairly due to their pregnancy or parenting related issues, and/or based on their sex or gender, they are strongly encouraged to report the issue. Reports may be directed to:

  • Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer Amy McLaughlin, 445 Baker Laboratory, aimclaug@esf.edu

OR

  • Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Malika Carter, 445 Baker Laboratory, mcarte06@esf.edu.