SUNY Oswego and its vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, Dr. Jerald Woolfolk, recently earned State University-wide awards—the first time they were ever bestowed—as the SUNY Diversity Conference recognized their years-long commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion and social justice at the college.
The institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Award recognized SUNY Oswego, under the leadership of President Deborah F. Stanley, for its innovative plan—infused through all campus sectors.
“SUNY Oswego not only has a rich history and long record of celebrating and recognizing faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds, it has a plan to proactively, thoughtfully and with a participatory approach continue to move our efforts forward,” said President Stanley. “We know we must do more and we are committed to doing more.”
Woolfolk’s individual award recognized her leadership in the sustained effort to ensure the college embraces all, including members of traditionally underrepresented groups.
In fall 2017, SUNY Oswego enrolled its most culturally diverse student population ever: 28 percent self-identified as Hispanic, Asian, African American, Native American, Pacific Islander or multiethnic. That included a first-year class of nearly 35 percent on this measure of diversity—15 percent higher than in 2010.
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