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SUNY Albany

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12222
Phone
(518) 442-3300
Email address
ugadmissions@albany.edu
School Information
"For over 175 years, our students and faculty have tackled the day’s biggest challenges, answered our most pressing questions, and solved society’s most vexing problems. "We are, and always have been, fueled by a unique mix of academic excellence, internationally recognized research and a profound sense of purpose. "At UAlbany, you'll author your own success by doing the things that matter." The university enrolls over 17,500 students, offers over 200 programs, and has an 18:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://www.albany.edu/about)
General Information
UAlbany's Alumni Association has hosted an event on "White Professionalism in the Workplace." The university currently does not require Critical Race Training sessions of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, SUNY’s Chancellor and Board of Trustees issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on race conscious admissions which reads in part as follows: “Today, the US Supreme Court attempted to pull our nation backwards in the journey toward equity and civil rights with an egregious ruling that will have serious impacts on students and families seeking the American dream of opportunity through higher education...Today’s decision threatens to undermine what progress has been made, by throwing up roadblocks and barriers when what’s needed are better paths and bridges...At SUNY, our resolve to provide opportunity for all has never been stronger. The commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will continue to be a factor in every goal we pursue, every program we create, every policy we promulgate, and every decision we make."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school has “a retooled orientation program for all first-year students that explores intersectionality, allyship and systemic racism.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school mandates “new workforce diversity training requirements for faculty and staff.”
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion states that implicit bias training is required of all employees in the school.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In 2021, the university hosted Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be an Antiracist.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The school has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion which provides grants such as the UAlbany Diversity Transformation Awards, which “invites proposals for innovative programs and/or research initiatives that strengthen, promote and embrace diversity and inclusion at UAlbany.” for the possibility of $4,000. These grants are continuing in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Resources
  • UAlbany's Alumni Association hosted an event on "White Professionalism in the Workplace," which argues "'Professionalism' has become coded language for white favoritism in workplace practices that are not inclusive for people of color."
  • The University at Albany School of Public Health has provided anti-racist resources.
  • The Department of Psychology has a Statement on Racism and Discrimination, saying “[the] Department of Psychology stands with those working to change our societal institutions that have disproportionately negatively affected communities of color, and we stand with President Rodriguez to reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe and inclusive work and learning environment.”
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the Inclusion Search Workshop, which was required of all search committee members in the school.
  • The school has a Diversity Recruitment Resources page for addition “support attracting and recruiting candidates from underrepresented groups.”
  • The school released an article explaining how other institutions have collectively cited UAlbany as a leader in racial equity.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university created the "WCI Antiracism and Intersectional Justice Committee."
Last updated July 8th, 2024
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