22 Jun Commitments and Actions on Opportunity and Inclusion
On June 19, 2020, we celebrated Juneteenth as a new, statewide holiday and day of reflection. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery’s end in the U.S. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.
So many years later, we still see injustice, discrimination and racism shaking the foundation of our communities. As SUNY advancement professionals, we can, and must, insist upon the equal and just treatment of all.
In every corner of our great state, SUNY presidents and campus leaders have come together to stand in solidarity with marginalized people. SUNYCUAD, too, pledges its support, energy, creativity, effort and commitment to make positive changes and shape a more just world for our students and communities.
In the coming months, SUNYCUAD will hold professional development workshops intentionally supporting our marginalized members, colleagues, students and alumni, by sharing ideas for generating equity and inclusiveness across our campuses. If you have thoughts or suggestions on programming or related initiatives, please share them so that we may take action.
In addition, I’m pleased to announce the creation of a new standing committee to the SUNYCUAD Board of Directors: the Committee on Opportunity and Inclusion. This group will increase the representation of professionals of color in advancement, while providing a support network. To ensure all voices are heard, SUNYCUAD will also roll out a new grant initiative to support professionals of color wanting to attend our workshops and annual educational conference.
SUNY was created with a commitment to opportunity and access, designed to meet the needs of New York’s diverse communities. Together, we can make a real and lasting difference through education and create greater equity and justice for all students, faculty and staff in our colleges, while also having a tremendous impact on our surrounding communities across the state.
Kerry Gotham, President
SUNYCUAD Board of Directors