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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.

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Uncover Ethnic Origins using My Heritage DNA

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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

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | The Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a political advocacy group to advance civil human rights for Asian Americans and to build a social and equitable world for all.

Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) | The Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund is the first legal rights organization on the East Coast serving Asian Americans. It was founded by a group of lawyers, law students and community activists who believed that the law should be used as a tool to achieve social and economic justice for Asian Americans and all Americans

Asian Pacific Islander Community |  Increases members' awareness of, knowledge about, and appreciation for issues unique to Asian American and Pacific Islander professionals working in higher education and student affairs

Asian Pacific Islander Organizations | List of Asian/Pacific Islander Organizations you need to know

Asian Women In Business | Asian Women In Business (AWIB) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals.

Committee of 100 |The Committee of 100 is a national non-partisan organization composed of American citizens of Chinese descent. Each member has achieved positions of leadership in the United States in a broad range of professions. With these diverse backgrounds, members collectively pool their strengths and experience to address important issues concerning the Chinese-American community, as well as issues affecting U.S.-China relations.

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.

Federal Asian Pacific American Council | FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Their mission is to promote equal opportunity and cultural diversity for APAs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of APAs in the Government workforce.

Korean American Coalition (KAC)|The Korean American Coalition is a nonprofit service, education and advocacy organization that facilitates Korean-American participation in civic, legislative and community affairs.

Place of Worship | Faith & non-faith resources in Syracuse

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.

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.

Asian Pacific Islander Organization (APIO) | Scholarship opportunity for Asian Pacific Islanders

Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund | Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

ESF Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Hawai'i Community Foundation |The Hawai’i Community Foundation’s scholarship program consists of over 150 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, or organizations to assist Hawai’i’s residents in obtaining a college education.

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

Japanese American Citizens League | The Japanese American Citizens League currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $60,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. The National Scholarship and Awards Program offers scholarships to entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, and creative and performing arts students, as well as those in need of financial aid. All scholarships are one-time awards.

Organization of Chinese America | For over ten years, OCA has provided assistance to deserving APA students to achieve the ultimate dream of a college education. These scholarships are available to APA high school seniors entering their first year of college during the school year.

Point Foundation | National LGBTQ scholarship fund

SUNY Smart Track | Empowered Financial Planning

The Gates Millennium Scholars | The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) | This foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer-managed organization established to provide scholarships to the Korean American students, and encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development.

Upakar Indian-American Scholarship Foundation | Upakar helps Indian-American students realize their educational goals by providing annual scholarships that acknowledge academic excellence and consider financial need. The scholarship provides $8,000 over four years for each recipient.

API Equality-LA | Asians and Pacific Islanders for LGBT Equality- coming out resources

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance | Advocacy and education organization

Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center | The SU LGBT RC provides community building, outreach and visibility, and intellectual and leadership development that centers the experience of people with marginalized sexualities and genders.

Unity Coalition | Advocacy and education organization for LGBT equality

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

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          

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

The Asian American Architects and Engineers Association AAAESC provides a platform for empowering professionals working in the built environment in personal and professional growth, business development and networking, and leadership in the Asian American community.

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. Organizations existed for other affinity groups                                                                                    

COLAGE | Support and advocacy organization for children of LGBT parents

Medical Insurance | Medicaid

Emergency Assistance for Adults | Financial assistance

Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) | Advocacy and support organization for family/friends

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Food Assistance

Trans Youth Family Allies | Advocacy and support organization for trans youth and their families

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.

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

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.

Counseling Services | SUNY ESF Counseling Services

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.