On this page, we’ve pulled together our progress in one spot so that our community members can track our progress — especially our most recent actions.

Check back often. Tell us about your concerns. Bring suggestions on what we can do better. We invite you to join us on this mission, and we are committed to being transparent with our efforts to create change.

New Progress

Campus Pride: 5 stars for LGBTQ-Friendly Campus 2022
For the first time, Adelphi earned a perfect overall five-star Campus Pride Index rating in June 2022.
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Our 2022 Board of Trustees is the most racially diverse to ever serve Adelphi, including new officers: Marc S. Strachan ’81, the first Black man as board chair; Vice Chair Carmen M. Ortiz ’78, JD ’02 (Hon.); Secretary Leonard Achan ’99 and Kevin Goodman ’00, MBA ’02.
as of 2022
80+* * based on 2020–2021 data
students participated in the Adelphi University Mentoring Program in 2020–2021. This program provides a foundation for success and a path to graduation.
based on 2020–2021 data
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Adelphi in 2020 launched the Equitable Adelphi Action Team (EAAT), a student-centered council to identify and dismantle racism at Adelphi.
launched 2020
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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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out of nine academic deans completed one or more Diversity Certificate Program workshops in 2021.

Other Actions Taken

  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Belonging launched its inaugural “First Fridays” this Fall — an open and responsive space for students to have meaningful conversations around topics that are relevant to their college experience.
  • Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) have provided 51 student life presentations to First-Year Seminar courses since the beginning of the semester, including 8 on diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, initiatives, and organizations.
  • Launched the search for a Chief Financial Officer through the National Black MBA Association and Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance websites
  • Look Different: Program titled Take action to stop discrimination and bias added to MyAULife. Students have access to real stories and can test themselves on their implicit bias and other resources.
  • Residence Life is conducting an audit of any bias-related incidents in residence halls during the 2019-2020 academic year, in collaboration with the Student Conduct Office.
  • Residence Assistant development is being re-evaluated in collaboration with the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Belonging to strengthen inclusive excellence.
  • All Student Access Office and Student Activities staff participated in LinkedIn Learning: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All.
  • Diversity Council strategic plans were received and forwarded to Marsha Darling for the Academic Diversity Implementation Task force.
  • Library Resources for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have been made more accessible
  • The Allies Conversation Series was started to help white participants understand and address racism to become stronger allies to BIPOC members of the community.
  • With Black Excellence and Her Seat at the Table, our Board shares Black and female trustee leadership.
  • Adelphi held its first-ever Martin Luther King Town Hall on civic activism hosted by the Multicultural Alumni Chapter in 2021.
  • The Digital Development and User Experience team added preferred pronouns to the employee directory.
  • The School of Social Work launched the Social Action Initiative in 2021 which holds the potential for real impact through student-centered projects.
  • The Adelphi community celebrates the achievements of Black people in our community and around the world with a series of cultural events and discussions for our annual Black History Month.
  • Student Government Association started Diversity speaker series, and hosted an event on October 15, 2020 “Black Lives Matter and the Legacy of George Floyd: A Conversation with George Floyd’s Family”.
  • Adelphi’s first annual Transgender Awareness Week was started in 2020 and is an opportunity for community members to meet, listen to and learn from transgender people and professionals through virtual panels, film screenings, and more.
  • The annual International Education Week gives the entire Adelphi community the opportunity to try new things and explore cultures. 
  • In 2020 a new student group, the Indigenous Peoples Awareness Coalition (IPAC) organized Native American Heritage Month events to raise awareness of Native American culture and issues.
  • Adelphi’s first-ever First Gen events to celebrate current and former first-gen students throughout the week of November 9, 2020.
  • Admissions and academic leadership, working together, have suspended or eliminated many test scores requirements across undergraduate and graduate admissions to widen access to Adelphi.
  • 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 now completed Safe Zone training. 
  • As of 2020, diversity and inclusion education became mandatory for all student organization executive board members and professional staff throughout the Division of Student Affairs, including the Office of Residential Life and Housing and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. 
  • A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource Guide was created in 2020 for the fraternity and sorority community as each Greek organization develops programming for its chapters.
  • A Diversity Coordination Panel was created for our Department of Public Safety and Transportation, Including students, faculty, staff, administrators; members of local law enforcement; and the Village of Garden City. 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.
  • Adelphi officially added Juneteenth as an official day of reflection for faculty, staff and students in 2020.

Establishing a More Diverse Leadership

Since her appointment, President Riordan transformed the makeup of executive leadership of our institution: Our executive leadership shifted from all-white in 2015 to our current composition of 33% non-white, as well as 44% women. Dr. Riordan's executive leadership appointments include the first Black woman, the first Black man and the first Asian-American woman in executive leadership roles at Adelphi.
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