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Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at ESF

ESF is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all its members. Diversity that arises from differences such as, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or religious traditions is central and indispensable to the institutional excellence and mission of the College.

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2017 General Education Fair
October 26, 2017

  • 11-12:20pm-Gateway
  • 11-11:10 Reception
  • 11:10-11:20 Welcome
  • 11:20-12:30 Fair and Exhibits

At ESF, we achieve a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community by eliminating barriers to full participation in curricular, co-curricular, and workplace environments, and promoting the SUNY and ESF institutional structures, practices, policies, and spaces that respect, value, and support differences through inclusive excellence. Inclusive excellence is our on-going commitment to recognizing that success is measured by how well a community values, engages, and embraces a rich diversity of ideas and people.

SUNY Diversity Matters Initiative

“At SUNY, we recognize our diversity makes us stronger and smarter. We respect, encourage, and promote all aspects of human difference. Diversity enriches lives and the educational experience. By capitalizing on diversity, our SUNY campuses invigorate conversations, awaken curiosity, foster civic engagement, and widen perspectives.Beyond being a pathway to culturally competent employment, SUNY campuses are also the training grounds for many future corporate and community leaders. As the Supreme Court recognized, the path to leadership should be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity in order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry. The SUNY student body is sewn from the threads of our nation’s diverse quilt, where the views of all students across the educational spectrum are sought out and given voice.” In sum, SUNY’s diverse educational environments create an intellectual climate that fosters respect for differences, stimulates innovation, encourages collaboration, and prepares students to live and work productively in a multiracial and multiethnic society.”

“By providing leadership and support to our campuses in promoting measures that reduce barriers to access, inquiry, engagement and completion, SUNY hopes to provide a dynamic model for campus inclusion programs with a goal of continuous improvement throughout every aspect of campus life.”

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity (IDE) Committee

Scott Blair, sblair@esf.edu
Timothy Blehar, tmblehar@esf.edu
Malika Carter, mcarte06@esf.edu
Kelley Donaghy,
Heather Engelman, engelman@esf.edu
Kerrie Findlay,
Annette Hightower, ahightower1@esf.edu
Robin Kimmerrer, rkimmer@esf.edu
Anne Lombard, aelombard@esf.edu
Ethan Newman,
Matthew Potteiger,
Susan Sanford, shsanfor@esf.edu
Timothy Volk, tavolk@esf.edu
Student reps tbd


July 27, 2017

August 10, 2017

Archived agendas and minutes are available upon request.


  • Effective immediately, the following appointments will begin serving as members of the College-Wide Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee. (2/12/18)
    • Ethan Newman, Undergraduate and USA Director of Student Affairs and Diversity
    • Ms. Kerrie Findlay, Coordinator of Education Abroad
    • Dr. Kelley Donaghy, Faculty
    • Dr. Matthew Potteiger, Faculty
  • International Student Potlucks, Beginning Thurs. 8/31
    • 5 weeks of conversation with other International students. Contact: Ruth Larson, 470-4716
  • ESF Welcomes Dr. Carter as CDO. Dr. Malika Carter is former chief diversity officer for the city of Worcester, Mass., and director of multicultural student services at the University of North Dakota.