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SUNY Cortland

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
32 Graham Ave
Cortland, New York 13045
(607) 753-2011
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School Information
"From your first steps on campus, you’ll feel the spirit of Cortland. It’s an energy that extends from the classroom to competition to the community. SUNY Cortland stands out as one of New York’s top public universities — a medium-sized school that offers academic strength across 68 majors, a high quality of student life and a degree that pays back graduates. Reputations in teacher education and health-related majors laid the foundation for exciting new programs related to business, natural sciences, the arts and specialized professional fields. Our students, faculty and staff members are invested in the world around them. Whether it’s a class assignment, independent research or a passion project, Red Dragons look to make a difference. We hope you’ll see it for yourself. Learn more about our active student clubs. Taste the food in our dining halls. Meet people who will change your life. And discover what we mean by being all in." (Source:
General Information
In addition to forming the President's Council on Inclusive Excellence and providing BLM resources as part of its anti-racist resources, SUNY Cortland has expanding its financial support for anti-racist research. The university's $2,000 ImPACt civic engagement scholarship will now reward "antiracist work" among other initiatives. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Faculty members of the President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence attended three training workshops with the Black Lives and Liberation Forum.
  • The university's Anti-Racism Task Force will be, "Developing tools and appropriate methods for educating our campus on issues of racism and ways to properly address these matters in an anti-racist manner."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • On February 25, 2021, SUNY Cortland announced its 25-Point Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan to "close the racial equity gaps" and "eliminate cultural and institutional racial discrimination across SUNY." The 25 initiatives fall under four categories: creating a more inclusive culture at SUNY, embedding racial equity into curriculum and towards racial equity, strengthening the institutional role of the Chief Diversity Office, and increasing diversity of faculty and staff at SUNY. The Board of Trustees also approved one of the key recommendations from the Action Plan—creating a new DEI Committee of the Board of Trustees to "provide policy direction."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • University lists Black Lives Matter and website of Ibram X. Kendi as part of anti-racist resources.
Program and Research Funding
  • $2,000 ImPACt civic engagement scholarship rewards "antiracist work" among other initiatives.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The SUNY Cortland University Police "will continue to train our members on topics that include implicit bias and de-escalation to ensure that we support a system that guarantees equal justice under the law for every community member. We will routinely review our policies and procedures to ensure they support an anti-racist culture."
  • Global Literacy Conference will feature sessions on anti-racist online literacy teaching.
  • "All members of the campus community are invited to take part in the 21-day anti-racism challenge to in part foster awareness, compassion and understanding".
  • University's Black History Month programming includes seminars titled “Eastern Europe, Anti-Black Racism and the Unfinished Project of Decolonization” and “The Scramble for Anti-racist College Campuses: Rethinking Strategies for Racial Justice in the American Polity."
  • The university has an Anti-Racism Task Force, which aims to "proactively identify and address matters related to racism on campus that serve as barriers or inhibitors of maximum academic, social and personal success for our BIPOC students. Furthermore, we strive to contribute to the creation of a campus climate that is socially and racially inclusive, diverse and just for ALL our students."
  • SUNY Cortland invited Brendan Kiely, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege, to discuss white privilege. The virtual "Dinnertime Dialogue" occurred on Monday, March 7, 2022 and was presented by the Antiracism Taskforce and university's Literacy Department.
  • On November 5, 2022, SUNY Cortland hosted the 12th Annual Student Diversity Conference. Tibisay Hernandez, a diversity and inclusion team leader for the New York state Department of Civil Service's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Management, delivered the keynote address. Hernandez' talk was titled "Afro-Latinx: Exploring the Cultural Complexities in the Latinx Community."
  • For Black History Month 2022, SUNY Cortland hosted over two dozen events throughout February. Events include presentations, panel discussions, and podcasts. 18 university offices, schools, departments, and associations co-sponsored and funded Black History Month events.
Last updated April 12th, 2023
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