Culture & Diversity

Alfred University is proud of its history of promoting equality and respecting diversity. Not only did we have a distinctive early role in co-education, but we also fostered acceptance of varied religious beliefs, ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian individuals, as well as international students. The founders of the University were strong, radical, and not afraid to speak out for what they saw as right: all people being treated equally.

Diversity Programs seeks to engage you in a supportive community where respect, activism, and awareness are promoted in an effort to develop passionate leadership and individual student growth through new experiences, cultural exposure, and education.

Mission Statement

Diversity Programs seeks to engage students in a supportive community where respect, activism, and awareness are promoted in an effort to develop passionate leadership and individual student growth through new experiences, cultural exposure, and education.

Involvement

Having a great mission statement is not enough - here are some ways we live our mission.

Timeline of Diversity Initiatives

Faculty and Staff Diversity Training

Diversity Programs is a branch of the Center for Student Involvement that works closely with student organizations whose goals are centered on building multicultural competencies and understanding. These groups generally focus on race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

Some examples include:

  • Umoja - Black Student Union
  • Poder Latino - Hispanic Heritage Organization
  • Students Advocating for Gender Equality
  • International Student and Scholar Organization
  • Spectrum - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally Organization
  • Indigenous and Americans United - Native American Organization

Diversity Programs works closely with the Bias Response Team to remediate acts of prejudice, discrimination and bias.

If you would like to make a report regarding discrimination or bias affecting the Alfred community, please submit a report here. Reports may be filed anonymously.

President Donald Trump announced on 9/5/17 that he is ending the executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Read a complete description of this announcement. We want to reaffirm that we are a welcoming university. Here are some resources, and we welcome outreach if you might be affected by this decision.

Resource Library (stay tuned for additional resources as we collect them)

Organizations:
United We Dream
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
UndocuBlack Network
Immigration Law Help.org
Higher Education Law Report
DACA Overview

Recommendations for school administrators and counselors of undocumented students:
Dreamer's Road Map (App on iOS and Android)
Monthly Scholarship Lists

Which resources are in place that can be utilized?

  • If you are involved in, or witness, an act of violence or something that threatens the safety of our community: Public Safety 607-871-2108
  • If you need assistance related to international student issues, contact Jeanne Marion, marion@alfred.edu
  • If you experience or witness an act of bias on campus: The Bias Response form is available on https://my.alfred.edu; click “AU Report It.” Incidents can be reported anonymously, although please be aware that limits the range of responses.
  • If you have a need for confidentiality, the Counseling Center can provide it. 607-871-2300.