Adelphi strives to become a model of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

We believe that our community benefits from welcoming and celebrating diverse backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and abilities. And it is our goal to offer a supportive environment where every student, faculty and staff member feels appreciated, respected, and included.

We’ve made great progress since the 2015 launch of our current strategic plan, Momentum. But there is more work to do. We invite you to check back regularly for updates and join us in committing to personal and institutional change.

Transformative Leadership Shift
Since 2015, executive leadership has been transformed. The first Black woman, the first Black man, and the first Asian-American woman are now in executive leadership roles at Adelphi.
20% more diverse
Our efforts increased the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff: Under-represented populations among total students increased by 20% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2019 and rose by 50% among new faculty and 23% among total faculty in the same period.
Anti-Bias
In 2015, President Riordan created the first Office of Diversity and Inclusion, now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to better reflect our goals. Led by a newly appointed Vice President, this role sits as a member of our executive leadership team.
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Logo
We were selected as a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center, one of only 24 institutions of higher education nationwide selected for this important program. The Center works toward the goal of erasing structural barriers to equal treatment and opportunity on campuses, in our communities, and for our nation.
  • Since her appointment, President Riordan transformed the makeup of executive leadership of our institution: Our executive leadership shifted from all-white in 2015 to 43% non-white, as well as 57% women by 2019. This includes the first Black woman, the first Black man, and the first Asian-American woman in executive leadership roles at Adelphi.
  • We are actively changing the diversity of our Board of Trustees to reflect the makeup of our student body, growing representation of non-white members by 14% in four years.
  • Our efforts increased the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff: Under-represented populations among total students increased by 20% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2019 and rose by 50% among new faculty and 23% among total faculty in the same period.
  • In support of diverse and inclusive hiring practices, executive and senior administrative searches are required to produce pools of diverse, talented candidates.
    • For example, the 2020 search for a Chief Financial Officer includes postings in the National Black MBA Association and Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance websites to expand the pool of diverse candidates for the position.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at audiversity@adelphi.edu.

  • In 2015, President Riordan created the first Office of Diversity and Inclusion, now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to better reflect our goals. Led by a newly appointed Vice President, this role sits as a member of our executive leadership team.
  • We have created “Homeplace,” an on-campus affinity space for students of color that is part of Adelphi’s Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies. This space is located in Alumnae Hall, Room 111A.
  • We offer our students multicultural clubs and organizations for community and support, including historically culturally-based fraternities, sororities, and social fellowships governed by the Multicultural Greek and Fellowship Council. Among these are Historical Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Divine Nine.
  • We have created a growing list of counseling resources, both on and off-campus, for our students of color.
  • We have added a dedicated section of anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion resources on our DEI website for community and public access.
  • We have raised private scholarships BIPOC, including:
    • The Helen Holmes Taylor ’49 Scholarship in Nursing supports undergraduate nursing students with financial need and a spirit of fortitude.
    • Excellence in Math and Sciences Scholarship is committed to promoting leading females in the disciplines of math and science with a pioneering spirit.
    • The Frances R. (“Fannie Mae”) Strachan Award helps first year students with financial need, activism/community involvement and who have overcome challenges.
    • W.E.B. DuBois Scholarship supports students with a minor in African, Black and Caribbean Studies, demonstrated leadership and activism involvement.
  • We developed the Faculty of Color Network, a multiracial network that aims to fully engage faculty of color, particularly new ones, with the broader academic life of the campus.
  • We grew the University Mentoring Program to help ensure academic success, especially for students of color who may be the first in their families to attend college.
  • We were selected as a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center through a competitive process by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Adelphi is one of only 24 institutions of higher education nationwide selected for this important program, which works toward the goal of erasing structural barriers to equal treatment and opportunity on campuses, in our communities, and for our nation around the pillars of the TRHT Framework: narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and economy.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at audiversity@adelphi.edu.

  • Adelphi launched the Academic Diversity Implementation team, an academic council determined to dismantle racism in academic systems including the evaluation of curriculum requirements, hiring, mentoring, and retention practices for a diverse faculty body, reviewing promotion and tenure policies and systems, and examining and addressing microaggressions in the classroom, to name a few.
  • Adelphi launched the Equitable Adelphi Action team, a student-centered council helping dismantle racism in our community. This team will meet monthly to discuss recommendations for improving the student experience at Adelphi University, creating a venue for students to recommend changes necessary in policies and protocols to combat racism and other forms of oppression, implicit biases, and microaggressions.
  • In the summer of 2020, each school/college established a Diversity Council, charged with creating an evidence-based strategic diversity plan, recommendations for curricular enhancements, and customized training. Each council will also be responsible for conducting diversity tours to examine and remove cultural artifacts or symbols that do not support diversity and inclusion.
  • Following student feedback in September 2020, new Title IX posters were redesigned, printed, and installed around campus.
  • Our Office of Residential Life and Housing developed a new 9-pt. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion checklist for all programs and promotional materials, designed to educate staff and examine and address microaggressions.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at audiversity@adelphi.edu.

  • University recruitment efforts have been expanded to include bilingual materials and presentations.
  • Admissions and academic leadership, working together, suspended or eliminated test score requirements across admission.  This will widen access to Adelphi and improve the University’s diversity recruitment plan.
    • Undergraduate Admissions: test-optional for Fall 2021-Spring 2022 admission
    • Graduate Admissions: test-optional for select programs for Fall 2021 admission
      • Audiology – GRE exam will not be required for Fall 2021 admission
      • Clinical Psychology – GRE subject in psychology exam will not be required for Fall 2021 admission
      • PhD in Nursing – GRE exam will not be required for Fall 2021 admission
      • School of Business Programs – GMAT exam requirement removed through Fall 2021 for all programs.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@adelphi.edu.

  • We established a firm commitment to supporting women and minority-owned businesses through all University business and capital projects.
  • Our Ruth S. Harley University Center renovation project, where we contracted to use at least 30 percent women and minority-owned businesses, resulted in allocation of 41.3% of contracted work to women and minority-owned businesses.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Project Management Office at pmo@adelphi.edu.

  • We have implemented implicit bias training for all search committees during hiring processes.
  • We have created the Adelphi University Diversity Certificate Program to promote a positive, respectful workplace and learning space for all—employees, students, faculty and administrators. The program is intended to address diversity and inclusion holistically, including but not limited to race, creed, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, and marital and veteran status.
    • Since 2015, more than 1,000 employees have participated in this program.
    • We’ve also worked to expand this program into several local school districts, underscoring the importance of change within our communities and educational systems.
  • Since the 2015-2016 academic year, Adelphi is committed to hosting DEI events that challenge individuals’ thoughts and provide open forums for conversation and action-planning. Launching its Facing Racism dialogue series in 2016, Adelphi has since continued to provide open forums and opportunities for dialogue. For a full listing of events, visit our DEI events website. Fall 2020 highlights include:
    • “How Racism Impacts Our World, and What We Can Do to Combat It” – led by Professor Marsha Darling, Director of African, Black and Caribbean Studies, along with the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center core advisors.
    • Transgender rights artist & activist Imara Jones will give a talk on September 30 at noon, entitled “Taking a Stand Even if it Hurts” – hosted by the Student Government Association, Center for Student Involvement, LGBTQ+ and Allies Committee, and Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
    • Through the Student Government Association Speaker Series Event, What They Didn’t Teach You In History Class, America’s Hidden True Black History is planned for September 28 at 7 pm. The speaker series will feature people of color and be focused on diversity and inclusion topics.
    • The Student Government Association’s second event in their SGA Speaker Series, Black Lives & the Legacy of George Floyd: A Conversation, will occur on October 15 at 7 pm.
    • Ongoing “Trauma and Healing Talks”, held during the University Common Hour, are designed for Adelphi students through a mentoring and social justice lens, and, using a holistic approach, create a space for students to be heard.
  • The Center for Student Involvement developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource Guide for the fraternity and sorority community as each Greek organization develops programming for their chapters.
  • As of September 2020, diversity and inclusion training is required — not optional — for all student organization executive board members. The Center for Student Involvement and the Student Government Association agreed to this new policy.
  • The Student Affairs team made diversity and inclusion training required for staff. This includes the Office of Residential Life and Housing as well as the Office of Student Conduct and Standards. This training will allow our community to better check their actions and comply with our goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and help them recognize the possibility for unconscious bias and microaggression. To date:
    • 90% of the residential life professional staff, including resident hall directors, have completed the University’s Diversity Certificate Program; 90% have completed Safe Zone training, and 70% have completed CORE (Creating Ongoing Respect and Equity) training.
    • 100% of current Resident Assistants (students) have completed CORE (Creating Ongoing Respect and Equity).
  • In September 2020, the offices of Residential Life and DEI began working together to develop Peer Educators on Diversity. These new peer educators will be trained and certified to facilitate discussions on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at audiversity@adelphi.edu.

  • We revitalized the Multicultural Alumni Chapter (MCC) in 2018, expanding the reach of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our Adelphi family. These efforts include:
    • Hosting events for alumni in New York City and on campus, including an annual meeting during Spirit Weekend
    • Virtual Webinars/Speaker Series
    • Actively soliciting mentors of color for Adelphi’s Mentoring Program
    • Engagement with diverse student organization leaders
    • Regular alumni email communication including MCC email outreach, University news, and campus invitations
    • Black History Month partnership with the Department of Athletics
  • In September 2020, Adelphi’s Multi-Cultural Alumni Chapter formed a new DEI leadership group to increase awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion issues for alumni. This group will provide consistent programming and communications to our alumni on DEI issues.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@adelphi.edu.

  • Adelphi’s leadership meets regularly with the Garden City and Nassau County police, as well as Garden City’s Village Board of Trustees, to discuss issues of concern and areas for partnership.
  • In 2020, Adelphi launched the Diversity Coordination Panel for our Department of Public Safety and Transportation including leaders from our community made up of students, faculty, staff, administrators, members of local law enforcement and the Village of Garden City. The Panel will examine campus security procedures and guidelines through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion, and will help us to reform any security procedures found to be biased regarding race, religion, sex, and/or gender expression.

For more information or to get involved, contact the Office of Public Safety and Transportation at 516.877.3500 or executiveleadership@adelphi.edu.

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