You are welcome here at SUNY Oneonta. Our community embraces all races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations. We are dedicated to ensuring that your voice is heard and that you have the resources you need to thrive here.

The Tapestry of Diversity Sculpture was installed on campus by noted mosaic artist Haifa Bint-Kadi in the summer of 2010. As a large and permanent fixture at the center of our campus quad, the pillars that make up the sculpture illustrate our strong and public commitment to nurturing a welcoming community that values diversity and inclusion. Like individual tiles in a colorful mosaic, each member of our campus community contributes something unique and valuable to the whole.

In alignment with SUNY Oneonta’s efforts to prioritize social justice, equity and inclusion, this page is designed to provide a one-stop shop spotlighting diversity-related resources and support for all campus community members.

Facilities & Spaces

Facilities & Spaces

As a member of our university community, you deserve to feel safe, supported, and valued. These places and spaces can help.

PRISM Conference

PRISM Conference

Join us in celebrating our LGBTQIA+ community by listening to their stories, diving deep and examining historical and/or current trends and issues they face.

Prism Conference


Kente Graduation

This annual event symbolizes and commemorates the rite of passage for multicultural student scholars who are transitioning from institutions of higher learning to the next chapter of their lives.

Kente Graduation

Leadership Conference

Leadership Conference

This event is designed for individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to interact with student, administrator, and faculty presenters and exchange information to enhance multicultural comprehension, self-awareness, and leadership skills.

Leadership Conference

Common Read

Common Read

Our yearly Common Read advances diversity by encouraging students to examine and better understand topics such as equity, inclusion, and personal history through many lenses. It aims to further infuse cultural literacy into our academic program by asking the campus community to read a diversity-related book, which then is discussed in fall courses across several disciplines.

Common Read


Lavender Graduation

This annual event recognizes exceptional service, leadership, and activism on behalf of the LGBTQIA community. Awards honor graduating seniors and faculty/staff members for their outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion at SUNY Oneonta.

Lavender Graduation

Club Expo

Multicultural Club Expo

Come meet new friends and learn about how to join and get involved with the many different multicultural clubs and organizations on campus.

Multicultural Club ExpO


Other Events


You are considered a first-generation student if neither of your parents earned a bachelor’s degree. We know this definition may not fully account for the rich diversity of first-generation college students. For example, your parent(s) may have some college experience but did not earn a degree, or an older sibling or extended family member may have earned a college degree. No matter what your background, SUNY Oneonta is dedicated to supporting your success. students.

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Juan Cirilo
Juan Cirilo, a Computer Science major, threw himself into new experiences at SUNY Oneonta, ranging from joining the Mountain Biking Club to landing a part in “Evil Dead: The Musical.”
Natsumi “Mimi” Oda
Growing up in Japan, music lover Mimi Oda would listen as her mom watched American television, dreaming of someday living and working in New York City. As a Music Industry major at SUNY Oneonta with two internships under her belt, a rock band of her own, and time logged in the studio and onstage, Mimi is closer than ever to achieving her dream.
Jadyn Trujillo
Influenced by his teachers in middle school, Jadyn Trujillo came to SUNY Oneonta to study elementary education and become a teacher and positive role model for children during their formative years.
Graham Wooden
After transferring to SUNY Oneonta junior year, Graham Wooden changed his major from Biology to Exercise Science to prepare for a career in physical therapy.
Samantha Martin
Growing up where I did, I worked at Howe’s Caverns and always loved walking through the caves and exploring. That helped me realize Earth Science was what I wanted to do. I definitely want to teach middle school earth science in a rural school district.
Hadley Chan
Hadley Chan has always loved astronomy. In their childhood bedroom, they had a big poster showing the moon landing, and their bookshelves were filled with encyclopedias about space. Studying physics and observational astronomy at SUNY Oneonta a decade later, Hadley is shooting for the stars.
Sarah Faulisi
With a passion for fitness and working with people, Sarah Faulisi transferred to SUNY Oneonta to study Exercise Science and Sport Management.
Vito Giambanco
From the time senior Vito Giambanco was little, helping out at his family’s pizzeria on Long Island, he has been fascinated with businesses, how they work and how they thrive. As a Business Economics major at SUNY Oneonta, Vito’s passion for business has only grown, because he now knows why things work the way they do.
Alexis Bates
From the time she was five years old, Alexis Bates has known she wants to be a teacher. During high school, she found herself attending extra help sessions for fun and hosting her own for her classmates. She’s also always had a thing for numbers. As an Adolescence Education: Mathematics major at SUNY Oneonta, Alexis has combined her two passions, and her desire to become an educator has only grown.

Fast Facts

Full and part-time faculty: 461
Full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 85%
SUNY Oneonta is located in Central New York in the city of Oneonta (pop. 14,000),
about halfway between Albany and Binghamton.
15:1 students to faculty
Student/Faculty Ratio
15:1 students per one faculty
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