Together, Adelphi students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni are passionate about making positive change, breaking down barriers to success, and creating a University community where everyone belongs and all feel welcome.

Our Progress

See how we’ve been evolving since 2015, with our strategic plans Momentum and Momentum 2.

Campus Pride: Best of the Best for LGBTQ-Friendly Campus: 2023
Adelphi is the only university on Long Island named a 2023 Campus Pride “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly campus—added to our 5-star Campus Pride Index recognition.
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In 2022, Adelphi launched Community Interest Groups for Faculty and Staff to help deepen our employees’ sense of belonging and enhance their connection to the University and each other.
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With the start of our Momentum Strategic Plan in 2015, Adelphi’s board of trustees has become the most diverse in our University’s history—in gender, age, race, ethnicity, background and expertise. In 2021, Adelphi’s board elected the first Black man to serve as board chair, Marc S. Strachan ’81, the first Hispanic woman to serve as vice chair, Carmen Ortiz ’78, JD, LLD ’12 (Hon), and the first man of Asian descent to serve as Secretary, Leonard Achan ’99.
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In 2020, Adelphi launched the Equitable Adelphi Action Team (EAAT), a student-centered council to identify and dismantle racism at Adelphi.
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Adelphi launched the Academic Diversity Implementation Team (ADIT) in 2020 to identify and dismantle racism in our academic programs.
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Adelphi established Diversity Councils in all schools/colleges in 2020 to ensure that each developed a strong diversity plan, including at the department level.
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Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT)
n 2020, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) selected Adelphi to be among the first 23 Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers in the nation (and the first in New York). The W.K. Kellogg Foundation-led effort is a multi-year commitment to work toward erasing barriers to equity on campuses and in our communities.

More Recent Progress

  • In 2022 we enhanced the dining experience for visually impaired community members. All food kiosks in our University Center Dining Hall offer menu narration using individual headphones to assist with food selection.
  • The School of Social Work’s Social Action Initiative supports student-centered projects for social change. The topic addressed by the social action initiative in the spring of 2022 was environmental justice and in the spring of 2021 was racial justice.
  • Adelphi’s first annual Transgender Awareness Week was held in 2020.
  • A new student group, the Indigenous Peoples Awareness Coalition (IPAC) was launched in 2020.
  • As of 2020, diversity and inclusion education is mandatory for all student organization executive board members and professional staff.
  • Adelphi’s first-ever First Gen events began in November 2020.
  • Juneteenth became an official day of reflection for faculty, staff and students in 2020.
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Belonging hosts “First Fridays” for students to have meaningful conversations around topics that are relevant to their college experience.
  • Students have access to real stories and implicit bias tests and resources through the Look Different course in the student portal.
  • Residence Life conducts an audit of bias-related incidents in residence halls in collaboration with the Student Conduct Office.
  • All Student Access Office and Student Activities staff participated in Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All online training.
  • Library Resources has collected and made Diversity, Equity and Inclusion resources easily accessible.
  • The Allies Conversation Series helps white community members become stronger allies for BIPOC community members.
  • Preferred pronouns and preferred names are supported across the University.
  • 41.3 percent of the Ruth S. Harley University Center renovation project was contract work awarded to women and minority-owned businesses.
  • 100 percent of all resident assistants have completed Safe Zone training.
  • A Diversity Coordination Panel for our Department of Public Safety and Transportation examines campus security procedures through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion.
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