Every community becomes more vibrant, creative, and energetic when its members bring a diversity of views and experiences to its common life.

Dr. Shai Butler, Associate Vice President for Student Success

Associate Vice President for Student Success and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Shai Butler

Welcome Message from the Chief Diversity Officer:

Welcome to The College of Saint Rose! My name is Dr. Shai Butler and I am the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Student Success on campus. The College values diversity in all its forms and we appreciate the fact that you have selected to become a part of this vibrant, inclusive community where both individual and group diversity is celebrated.

The College prioritizes the development of students who are well trained to lead and serve in both their local and global community. For students, there are many activities and resources on campus of which we hope you will partake. Be on the lookout for great programs coming from the Office of Intercultural Leadership, Student Life, Residence Life & Student Association.

As Chief Diversity Officer, I also serve as a resource to faculty, administration and staff. I conduct trainings and professional development sessions that focus on raising cultural awareness. The College is committed to diversity and to that end, measures, monitors and reports its progress in hiring, enrollment and retention of diverse employees.

In 2011, the College led in the creation of the Capital Region Consortium for ALANA Faculty Development (CRCAFD), a regional initiative that brings together faculty of color from area colleges for networking and professional development. Another group of interest for regional professionals interested in diversity is the Leadership Council on Inclusion (LCI). Both organizations offer programming throughout the year. To request information contact intercultural@strose.edu

There are many exciting things going on at Saint Rose and we invite you to join in the learning and the fun. Have a great semester and I’ll see you on campus.

The College of Saint Rose is a diverse learning community that fosters integrity, interdependence, and mutual respect. Inclusive Excellence supports the advancement of reciprocal cultural sensitivity across campus, in order to build a culture that promotes the appreciation of diversity in every aspect of the College and the surrounding community. We are a place that values diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, religion, ability, age, veteran status, and nationality. Our institutional approach to Inclusive Excellence describes a quality of academic and professional experiences that are realized when all individuals have an equal opportunity to succeed. Inclusive Excellence infuses diversity into the institution’s recruiting, admissions, and hiring processes; curriculum and co-curriculum; and administrative structures and practices. Inclusive Excellence is central to our role as an engaged urban institution with a rich array of liberal arts and professional programs. This approach, grounded in our Catholic heritage, provides opportunities for greater learning, understanding, and growth for all of our students within local, national and global contexts.

The College of Saint Rose's Definition of Inclusive Excellence