Learn about the people leading Adelphi’s diversity goals.

Adelphi University’s Diversity Committee is a campus-wide committee reporting to the Provost. Formed in 1998, the committee has been charged with providing leadership and advancing the University’s diversity goals. Committee membership includes representation from faculty, staff, administrators and students from all areas of the campus community.

The committee underscores the importance of advancing diversity within institutions of higher education to reflect the changing demographics of the population and the growing globalization of society. The committee’s definition of diversity includes race, creed, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic predisposition or carrier status, religion, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws.

We are proud that we continue to foster diversity, equity and inclusion, and a working environment that supports all people.

Charles Cal ’95, MS ’01, MBA ’03 ADIT Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health

How We’re Working to Advance Diversity

In support of the strategic plan, to include monitoring and enhancing the curriculum, diversity climate, and recruitment and retention throughout the campus, the committee makes recommendations to the President and Board of Trustees via the Office of the Provost.

The committee works with academic units and other administrative offices to coordinate and promote activities in furthering its goals, including:

  • Engaging students, faculty, and staff in meaningful dialogue on the topics of diversity and inclusion
  • Engaging students, faculty and staff in the process of inclusion
  • Reviewing existing policies on recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff of color
  • Evaluating opportunities to improve the campus climate through curricular initiatives and institutional change including bridging the gap between Student Affairs and academic units
  • Providing support in developing a strong diversity plan and outcome assessment
  • Serving as a resource to infuse diversity throughout the curriculum
  • Evaluating the mission of the Diversity Committee.

Committee representatives share information and work with their constituencies to address issues, build bridges, and solve problems.

The committee also assists in addressing problems that are brought to its attention by individuals or groups. In order to cultivate a climate that values and supports the University’s Core Values related to diversity, any student, faculty or staff member may contact a representative of the committee to find information and resources, get assistance with promoting initiatives related to diversity, and get direction on how to resolve a concern. In some cases, the committee will deliberate what action(s) to take and refer the matter to the appropriate office, department, or individual, based on existing University policy.

Current Initiatives

The Diversity Committee is responsible for proposing initiatives to address diversity-related issues affecting our campus community.

Mentoring Program

The Adelphi University Mentoring Program was created to help ensure academic success, especially for students of color who may be the first in their families to attend college.

The program supports the academic, social and professional development of students at any phase of their undergraduate career. The office skillfully pairs students with mentors who will guide and nurture them to help ensure their collegiate success.

Diversity Certificate

The Adelphi University Diversity Certificate Program is designed to promote a positive, respectful workplace and learning space for all of our constituents, including employees, students, faculty and administrators. It is supported by the Office of Human Resources, Office of the Provost, Office of the President and the University Diversity Committee. The Diversity Certificate program is intended to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging holistically including, but is not limited to, race, creed, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, and marital and veteran status. It is open to Adelphi faculty, staff and administrators.

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