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SUNY Oneonta’s academic quad was filled with vibrant, colorful flags, booming Latin music and smiling faces as the college kicked off Latinx Heritage Month with a parade Thursday, Sept. 15. The parade was the first of several campus events organized by the Office of Equity and Inclusion and others to mark Latinx Heritage Month. Other highlights include Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 screenings hosted by the Students of Color Coalition of the popular Disney movie “Encanto” with a discussion of mental health within the BIPOC community and how it is depicted in the movie. There will also be a Latinx Heritage trivia night on Oct. 5.
SUNY Oneonta is among the top 20 public schools in the Northeast, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 rankings of “Best Colleges,” released Sept. 12. The U.S. News ranking is the second in recent weeks recognizing SUNY Oneonta’s academic quality and value. In August, Forbes named SUNY Oneonta to its 2022 list of “America's Top Colleges," which recognizes colleges and universities across the country that "offer an excellent education at a great price, graduate high-earners and propel students to become successful entrepreneurs and influential leaders in their fields."
SUNY Oneonta kicked off a semester-long commemoration of the 30th anniversary of The Black List on Sept. 7 with a “Remembering The Black List and Moving Forward” event series that included faculty-led teach-ins and teach-outs, the dedication of the college’s new Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence, and a screening of the “Brothers of the Black List” documentary.
Pitching tents, cooking and camping under the starry night sky, jumping into swimming holes, hiking, and seeing the geology of the Adirondack Region first-hand? All in a day’s work during this year’s GEOFYRST trip, an immersive outdoor experience for new SUNY Oneonta students.

Seventeen first-year SUNY Oneonta students took part in the trip, a one-credit pre-semester fall course exploring New York and the Northeast. On Aug. 18, students dropped off their belongings for the semester at their residence hall rooms on campus, then packed up vans with gear and hit the road, returning six days later with observations, photos, stories and new friends.
SUNY Oneonta kicked off the 2022-23 academic year with a host of events to welcome our newest Red Dragons, celebrate returning students, faculty and staff, and engage the entire campus community in a spirit of optimism and excitement for the weeks and months ahead.
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