Office of Recruitment and Diversity
395 Hudson Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Tel: 646-664-3307

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Sylvia Miranda, CUNY Human Resources Diversity Honors and Awards award recipient

Over the years, the Office of Recruitment and Diversity has celebrated the accomplishments of faculty and staff who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the University’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are pleased to share brief profiles of these exemplary leaders.

“Our recent history makes clear that institutions can demonstrate their commitment to social justice by enacting far reaching policies that mitigate social inequality. As CUNY positions itself as national leader in urban education, my challenge to members of the community is to critically reflect on the models exemplified by 1964 Civil Right and the Voting Rights Act, the possibilities they engendered, the outcomes, and the dreams, the many dreams yet to be realized. By doing so, I am confident we can and will advance a faculty, staff, and a student body that truly promotes diversity.  CUNY, the City of New York, and the nation deserve nothing less.”  Arlene Torres

Past Recipients

Gloriana Waters, former CUNY Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

The National Association of Chief Diversity Officers (NADOHE) awarded the Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award to Ginger Waters. Ms. Waters is distinguished in higher education through a record of service and intentional inclusion; exercising innovative leadership; serving as a diversity visionary; exemplifying the philosophy, principles and practices of NADOHE; and contributing to diversity and excellence in higher education. “While the Chief Diversity Officer job is in many ways more complex than when I began this journey, it is also more integral to the fabric of the academy. I could not do what I do without the support of CUNY’s top leadership and our Board of Trustees who have taken a keen interest in the Diversity Action Plan and its results.”

As Director of the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative, Dr. Arlene Torres actively identifies candidates for faculty positions throughout CUNY by establishing relationships with universities nationwide. She provides guidance on initiatives to enhance pedagogy and research at both community and senior colleges. Her efforts enhance opportunities to mentor and create an environment that supports and promotes the professional growth of faculty enroute to tenure. As a mentor herself to countless faculty and staff within CUNY, she encourages them to play leading roles in their academic fields and as university administrators.

Female speaker at the CUNY Diversity Honors and Awards ceremony
CUNY Human Resources Diversity and Honors Awards ceremony

A noted scholar committed to social justice, Professor Watkins’ service spans decades. He faithfully prepared CUNY students to meet the challenges of New York’s evolving demographics by developing pedagogical approaches that included the importance of equity.  An outstanding academic leader, he served as acting provost and ombudsperson.  A longstanding member of the University Affirmative Action Committee, he helped to shape the University’s affirmative action policies and practices.  Sadly, Professor Watkins passed in 2017.

A special group “Spotlight” was bestowed on four members of the first cohort of TIAA’s “Emerging Leaders Network:”
  • John Conway – Central Office Human Resources
  • Jenny Hua – Office of Recruitment & Diversity
  • Margaret “Bolanle” Macaulay – Central Office Human Resources
  • Gary Yip – Central Office Human Resources

Following two years of specialized training in human resources best practices and the foundations of leadership, these employees decided to “pay it forward” to their colleagues in the Office of Human Resources Management by sharing their newfound knowledge via the “SAGE” Program: “Skills Acquired for Growth and Engagement.”

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Office of Human Resources Diversity Honors and Award winners
Participants in the Human Resources Department Sage Emerging Leadership program included (from l): Gary Yip, Margaret Macauley, John Conway and Jenny Hue

April 19, 2018 Diversity Reception

The Graduate Center

A diversified academy mirrors the society it serves.  To celebrate and encourage the contributions of faculty, administration, staff and students within the University community, the Office of Recruitment and Diversity is pleased to announce its 2018 Diversity Honoree, Ginger Waters, former Vice Chancellor, who helped to pave the way for CUNY’s role as the most diverse urban university system in the country.  Her stellar legacy demonstrates sustained commitment to CUNY’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Arlene Torres, Director of the Latino Faculty Initiative, was honored for her achievements at the 2014 CUNY Diversity Reception.