A Message from the University Dean of Recruitment and Diversity, Dr. Arlene Torres

arlene“I hope to bring administrative practice and scholarly fields of inquiry in the academy together to shed light on possible courses of action to strategically increase diversity and inclusion at CUNY. As an educator and university administrator, scholarship that addresses structure, governance, and fiscal constraints have to be reviewed in relation to, instead of in opposition to the development of curricular transformations, faculty, and administrative leadership. The next generation of critical thinkers must solve complex social problems locally and on a global scale in contexts that reflect the changing social and cultural landscape. The challenge put before us is to engage one another as educators and university administrators in meaningful ways in the service of our students.”

Arlene Torres, Ph.D.

Biographical Sketch

Call for Presentations and Submission Information

Submissions Open: November 3, 2016

Submissions Deadline: January 6, 2017

Notice of Acceptance: January 27, 2017

Overview: The Office of Recruitment and Diversity (ORD) will be hosting its third biennial Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference and we welcome your participation.  The daylong conference will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, March 31, 2017 and the theme is CUNY at the Crossroads: Diversity and Intersectionality in Action.

Building on the success of past years, this conference offers faculty and academic administrators the opportunity to focus on research-based evidence, present new ideas, discuss experiences with colleagues, and develop constructive actions for change in the belief that diversity in all its manifestations is a driver of our collective success.  We recognize that in order for CUNY campuses to become inclusive and welcoming communities for all, a commitment to diversity must be supported and strategically promoted at all levels and in partnership with others.

Our identities have become more complex and we hope to present critical dialogues that offer understanding and meaning, while also focusing concrete and effective strategies designed to promote equity and access for the benefit of the University, its faculty, staff, and students.

We encourage you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session.  Details on the Call for Proposals follow and the submission deadline is January 6, 2017.  Conference registration will open at the beginning of the spring term.

This is a democratic project that challenges us to consider our interconnectedness and role as change agents at CUNY. As we envision the future, our society depends on our thoughtful dialogue and engagement with diversity and all the possibilities it engenders. On behalf of the Conference Planning Committee, we encourage you to mark your calendars today.

For questions, please email Maryann McKenzie at maryann.mckenzie@cuny.edu

The CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative aims to develop sustained mentorship via research/writing seminars and a series of professionalization workshops to increase the success and professional satisfaction of our diverse professoriate on each MMUF-serving campus, which are Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, and Queens College.


The Office of Recruitment and Diversity at CUNY has been awarded a vital three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of our diverse professoriate. The CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CMFDCEI) will work in conjunction with the four Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF)-serving institutions at The City University of New York, including Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, and Queens College. The Initiative aims to develop sustained mentorship via research/writing seminars and a series of professionalization workshops to increase the success and professional satisfaction of our diverse professoriate on each MMUF-serving campus, which are Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, and Queens College.

Click here for a full description of the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative.

Contact Information: ORD@cuny.edu

One of the University’s greatest strengths, and a necessary element of excellence, is the diversity of our workforce. CUNY is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action, and strives to attract and nurture a talented and diverse faculty and staff.

CUNY is known for its commitment to providing first-rate academic opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve personal and professional success. An exceptional faculty of prominent experts, dedicated teachers, and researchers provides opportunities for post-secondary learning at every level and field of interest. Our staff supports all CUNY functions such as student services, facilities management, security, financial management, general administration, and information technology. Our scope, resources, and culture enable us to offer a rich work experience and career development for employees at every phase of their careers

We invite you to explore this entire web site to learn about the many programs, educational innovations, and resources of this great University that make it a unique, diverse, and exciting academic community.

Please see complete details on the search process in the CUNY Search Committee Guide, Resources for conducting a successful search by clicking here .

To review the wide variety of positions available at CUNY, click below to access our employment page.

Access Our Employment Page

CUNY Relocation Resources

As a founding member of a nationwide Higher Education Recruiting Consortium (HERC), CUNY provides resources to job-seekers on issues such as dual careers, diversity, relocation, and conducting a job search. Additionally, job vacancies from thirty-four local institutions are posted. Visit the New York/Southern Connecticut HERC site at http://www.mnyscherc.org.

Further information on careers in higher education is available from industry publications such as Inside Higher Ed (http://www.insidehighered.com) and The Chronicle of Higher Education (http://www.chronicle.com). 

The City University of New York has long been recognized as one of the most diverse university systems in the nation. The University aims to enhance its national standing by continuing to build a diverse community that enriches its academic environment.

The University’s unwavering commitment to serving students, its insistence on academic rigor, and its support of world-class faculty guide its work to foster and promote an ever more diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. This pluralistic community is fundamental to the exchange of ideas and knowledge, scholarly discourse, and the engagement of the University’s constituencies.

The University respects individuals while acknowledging the differences among them. These differences include, but are not limited to, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and socioeconomic status. However, to create a vibrant academic, intellectual, and cultural environment for all, the University must move beyond representation to genuine participation. Thus, the University seeks to develop a community that is inclusive of all individuals and groups. Given CUNY’s long history of proactive support for diversity and inclusion, it is uniquely positioned to build upon that strong foundation and serve as a national leader and model, exemplifying the benefits that accrue when diversity and inclusion are integral components of an institution’s educational philosophy and core mission.

Diversity Action Plan

Diversity Resources By Campus

The University strives to provide professional growth opportunities to our faculty and staff. The key to retention is recognizing individual achievement and initiative and supporting faculty and staff as they grow and develop. The Faculty Fellowship Publication Program and the Diversity Projects Development Fund are two programs designed to support our retention efforts.

Please click the following links for more information about these programs.

CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative

Faculty Fellowship Publication Program

Diversity Projects Development Fund

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students at 23 colleges and institutions in New York City.  CUNY celebrates its rich diversity among faculty and staff.

Please click here for our most recent reports:

Quarterly Report on Employee Diversity – Updated April 2017

Quarterly Report on Faculty Diversity– Updated January 2017

Quarterly Report on Employee Diversity – Updated October 2016

CUNY Workforce Demographics by College, Ethnicity and Gender – Instructional and Classified Staff, Fall 2016

Three-Year Comparison of CUNY Workforce Demographics – 2013 Through 2015.

Chancellor Applauds Governor Cuomo and Legislature for New Law to Combat Sexual Violence

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has made safety on college campuses a matter of the highest priority and through legislation he championed, has set an example for the nation in addressing sexual violence on campus. We commend the Governor and the New York State Legislature for reaching agreement on this important legislation. CUNY has been a strong supporter of these important reforms.

James B. Milliken

Resources for Combating Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault (Title IX)