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Student Photo Challenge Picture taken by CCNY student Michael hardy of Shepard Hall, relected in a window on the City College of New York campus

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.

Enacting a Vision for Diversity through our Mission

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

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 in order to create a vibrant academic, intellectual, and cultural environment for all, the University must move beyond representation to genuine participative membership. 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.

Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion

CUNY Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference, afternoon panelists, (from l) June Pauline Williamson, Associate Professor at the City College of NY - Colleen Henry, Associate Professor at Hunter College - Gregory Cobb, Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College

Exposing CUNY students to faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds with a range of ideas and perspectives is necessary if we are to adequately educate students in an increasingly complex world.

The Office of Recruitment and Diversity continues to play a lead role in the articulation, promotion, and support of CUNY’s core mission and values. Recognizing that aligning diversity, equity and inclusion with the University’s Strategic Framework mission requires an intentional plan of implementation that is infused with new modes of thought and bold initiatives. How we manage the new challenges and opportunities engendered is reflected in the Office of Human Resources Management’s vision and strategic planning process, and this continues to undergird our collective mission.

The Office of Human Resources Management strives to provide strategic, consultative and effective human resources services that promote organizational success and excellence, respond to the existing and emerging needs of the workforce, and inspire individual achievement in people, allowing them to actively contribute to and have a positive impact on the institution.

The University’s commitment to diversity is posited on the following principles:

  1. Engendering values and implementing policies that enhance respect for individuals and their cultures promotes excellence and an inclusive educational experience;
  2. Diversifying the University’s workforce strengthens the institution, encourages the exchange of new ideas, and enriches campus life;
  3. Cultivating diversity and combating bigotry are an inextricable part of the educational mission of the University; and
  4. Fostering tolerance, sensitivity, and mutual respect throughout CUNY is beneficial to all members of the University community.