What is Diversity?

SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Diversity Statement

Diversity can be broadly defined to include all aspects of human difference, including but not limited to, age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression and identity, language heritage, learning style, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, social-economic status, status as a veteran and world-view. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focuses in particular on achieving equal access, meaningful academic and intellectual inclusion in curriculum, research, and service, and holistic integration into the academic culture of higher education at all levels for New York State’s underrepresented populations and students who are economically disadvantaged.

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Buffalo State Statement of Principle on Diversity

Buffalo State supports diversity of thought, diversity of experience, and diversity of values. The university is dedicated to a visible commitment to these ideals by affirming and respecting differences in all interactions. Toward this goal, the university provides equitable opportunity and access through innovative recruiting, professional development, and education programs that enrich the total academic experience and enhance the quality of life.

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Our Mission

The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) aims to advance, support, and celebrate inclusive excellence, diversity, social justice, and access, both on campus as well as throughout our community.  We believe that diversity makes us a stronger community as we look to prepare students to operate in a global society. Our office collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to provide innovative and purposeful programming that reflects our diverse and changing world. Additionally, DEIA is the official designee of the college president to ensure that the campus abides by all federal and state laws and SUNY policies with regard to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability or marital or veteran status.

Institutional Mission, Vision & Purpose

Presidents Council on Equity and Campus Diversity

The President’s Council on Equity and Campus Diversity aims to address discrimination, harassment, and campus climate issues as they relate to the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, staff curriculum development, and student life on campus. 

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Our Office Staff

Our office is located in Cleveland Hall 517, if you need to set up a private appointment, please email or call us: 

Email: eeoequity@buffalostate.edu  Phone: (716) 878-6210

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Related Offices

The Office of Equity and Diversity has numerous partnerships and collaborations across campus: 

Dean of Students 

Human Resources 

Student Accesibility Services 

Student Conduct & Community Standards

University Police

Weigel Health Center 


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