Ithaca College hosts the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity which offers a minor in African Diaspora Studies. The minor discusses "the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities" as well as "issues of cultural and historical representation, social justice, and struggles for racial redress." Students are required to take coursework in the areas of "Conceptual Frameworks," "Power and Liberation," "Comparative and International," "Policy and Praxis," and "Culture and History."
In October 2019, Ithaca College created its Five-Year Strategic Plan known as Ithaca Forever. The Campus Climate Action Group will "expand the Bias Impact Reporting process to include programming that educates campus around relevant topics, such as diversity talking circles" as part of the college's goal to "become a national model for colleges committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion."
The university will "implement action plans resulting from completed academic program reviews with regard to curriculum diversification" and also "add language regarding curriculum diversification to the curriculum section of the academic program review guidelines, so that it is incorporated into the program review moving forward."
As part of its vision, mission, and values, Ithaca College makes use of an "equity framework that proactively seeks to make Ithaca College accessible, affordable, and inclusive for all people, especially those impacted by systemic disadvantage, marginalization, and exclusion."
The Physics and Astronomy Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Plan also included a desire to educate students on diversity, equity, and inclusion using "discussions and informative displays designed for our hallways and classrooms." The department stated that the "Student Liaison works with student organizations to create a hallway display of hidden figures and informative poster displays regarding DEI for our classrooms." The department seeks to incorporate DEI into its curriculum.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy believes that "faculty and staff should educate themselves on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and on the means to combat racism and become inclusive of all students in our department." To accomplish this, DEI will be discussed periodically at department faculty meetings. Faculty will be charged with reviewing various resources and undergoing professional development on DEI. Faculty involvement in DEI workshops, webinars, and conferences is expected.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy's Faculty Representative holds an annual Inclusion in STEM event as well as DEI mental health seminars. Additionally, the department offers "identity-based conferences" where minoritized students are encouraged to attend.
Ithaca College's Women's and Gender Studies department carried out Faculty to Faculty Salons on April 22, 2021 in order to "showcase our feminist, anti-racist, decolonialist faculty." Critical race theory is explicitly stated to be a part of the core curriculum.
The university states that, "The Center for IDEAS aims to proactively engage the campus community through educational opportunities focusing on identity, power, equity, and social justice issues to encourage social change. " This is accomplished through IC Unity and other programs.
IDEAS hosts Peer Educator Virtual Workshops where educators "work to create original and engaging workshop sessions to help students in the Ithaca campus community understand aspects of inclusion, equity, and social justice, all aimed to improve our collective understanding of lived experiences here at IC."
In response to student demands to end racism in the Department of Theatre Arts, Ithaca College leadership released a statement, stating that in order to address these issues, Ithaca College may conduct "policy review and revisions, training for new and returning faculty, and expanding opportunities for hard conversations among and between the faculty, administration, staff, and students about how to be better when it comes to dealing with issues of race."
In response to the death of George Floyd, the president released a statement saying, "Like so many of you, I woke up thinking about the gut-wrenching loss of George Floyd, an African-American man from Minneapolis who was killed last week while under police custody. Mr. Floyd is the third person of color since February to tragically and unjustly be taken away from us."