Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence (CRJIE)

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Office of Equity and Inclusion Student Workers
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Announcing the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence

The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are pleased to announce an important step toward advancing inclusive excellence, antiracism, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion at the college.

Read the full announcement sent on Apr. 26, 2021


Class and Race in the U.S. The Grapes of Wrath and Native Son.  August 23rd Lee hall/multipurpose Room 12-2 p.m.  Lunch will be served questions contact Dr. Howard Ashford-
The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites students, faculty, professionals, and administrators from all SUNY institutions to submit abstract SUNY Oneonta's first annual Racial Justice Symposium October 29, 2022 The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 12th lectures roundtables artistic presentations panels Questions? Dr. E. Howard Ashford, Interim Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence

Some Major CRJIE Activities

  • Annual Racial Justice Symposium 
  • Expanded Mentoring Program with stipends for mentors  
  • Endowed Speakers Series 
  • Reunions 
  • Internships – paid and credit bearing  
  • Faculty–in-Residence Programs 
  • Scholarships to support student academics  
  • Student staff salary support 
  • Mini grants for campus community members to sponsor and facilitate topics on race. 
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference

CRJIE Advisory Committee

  • Bernadette Tiapo, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer & Interim VP for Student Affairs, Advisory Committee Chair
  • Dr. Howard Ashford, Interim Director CRJIE and Assistant Professor, Africana and Latinx Studies
  • Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Director & Distinguished Service Professor of Museum Studies
  • Dr. Trudy Thomas Smith, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Penina Kamina, Professor, Elementary Education & Reading
  • Dr. Betty Wambui, Professor, Africana and Latinx Studies
  • Dr. Rhea Nowak, Professor, of Art & Faculty Center Director
  • Dr. William Walker, Associate Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program
  • Andrew Stammel, J.D., Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Coordinator
  • Dr. Susan Goodier Assistant Professor, Department of History, Women's and Gender Studies Affiliate
"If colleges and universities are to best represent what they aspire to be--more diverse, more equitable and inclusive--they must acknowledge, interrogate, and dismantle the systems and structures that have been created and evolved over time which sustain inequities impacting the living, learning and work environment of students, faculty and staff. We must do our “home” work and demonstrate what it means to dismantle racism." Excerpt from a statement by NADOHE titled: Accountability: A Step Towards Justice, April 21, 2021 – Ford Lauderdale, FL.
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