Diversity & Inclusion
Building Capacity for Inclusive Excellence
- Mutual Respect
Racism is America’s original sin. It is a virus every bit as deadly as COVID-19 that has infected our nation since its inception and unless and until we address it, people of color will continue to die and our nation will never heal. Racism, whether the institutional racism which privileges some at the expense others or the daily acts of hate and discrimination diminishes us all. It denies that most profound truth, that all of us are created in God’s image and each of us is entitled to dignity and respect.”
– The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, in a statement after the murder of George Floyd
- August 7 Meeting on Diversity and Inclusion Update (August 7, 2020)
- Campus Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion Update (July 24, 2020)
- Campus Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion Set for July 24 (July 23, 2020)
- An Update on Creating a More Inclusive Community (July 14, 2020)
- Saint Rose Outlines First Action Steps on Addressing Bias Reports (June 26, 2020)
- Saint Rose Shares Suggested Action Steps from ‘Planning Action for Tomorrow’ Discussion on Racial Injustice (June 22, 2020)
- Saint Rose to Observe Juneteenth Beginning June 19, 2020 (June 18, 2020)
- A Call for Unity Around Racial Justice and Inequity (June 1, 2020)
It is a trying time in our nation’s history. Yet, I remain hopeful that the future holds great promise because of your generation’s inspiring resilience, appreciation for social justice, love for learning, ambition for change, and unrelenting resolve to correct the wrongs that have been done to society’s most vulnerable. Indeed, the College of Saint Rose was founded to provide educational opportunities for the marginalized, vulnerable, and disenfranchised students living during the era of its founding. One hundred years ago, in the city of Albany, Women were left out of the paradigm of social, educational, and economic upward mobility.
Today, there are far too many others in our nation who have also been left out or left behind due to poverty, bias, and discrimination. The College today remains committed to its founding values and reaffirms its desire to improve the lives of all individuals through providing an excellent education, advancing citizenship, and career attainment. We value our diversity and are moving intentionally forward in advancing principles of equity and inclusion. We are not a perfect place, nor are we perfect people, but we stand committed to continue to strive towards progress even when we fall short of perfection.
You are welcome whether you are one of our current students, finding your voice and your path in what will be a new post COVID world or a new student looking for a home that may not be perfect, but is genuinely committed to growth, improvement, and making a difference in the world. Join us on the road to better as we work to ensure that everyone who is a part of our HOME, knows that they are valued, respected, and appreciated.
The College of Saint Rose community engages highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students in rigorous educational experiences. In the progressive tradition of the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we welcome students from all religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition to developing their intellectual capacities, students have the opportunity to cultivate their creative and spiritual gifts in a diverse learning community that fosters integrity, interdependence, and mutual respect.
The College delivers distinctive and comprehensive liberal arts and professional programs that inspire our graduates to be productive adults, critical thinkers, and motivated, caring citizens. Our engagement with the urban environment expands the setting for educational opportunities and encourages the Saint Rose community’s energetic involvement and effective leadership in society.
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.
Bias and Discrimination Reporting
What is bias?
Bias or Hate Incident: Acts of prejudice that are not crimes and do not involve violence, threats, or property damage.
Hate Crime: At the federal level, a crime motivated by bias against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
How to report bias actions:
Did you experience or witness an incident of bias or discrimination? There are many options and resources available to you. Visit our bias and discrimination reporting section to access the forms, learn about the process, and find additional resources and points of contact.
The Bias Response Policy:
The need to revise the College’s policy for reporting and investigating incidents of bias and discrimination became clear in the summer of 2020, prompted by discussions about racial injustice that were happening not only in our own College community but around the nation. Our students shared their experiences, and it was important, especially as a college that was founded with the mission of creating an inclusive community, that we addressed their concerns.
It is essential that every member of our community feel at HOME at Saint Rose.
The new bias response policy – which was drafted by a diverse and representative committee of campus partners, including faulty, administrators and staff, alumni, and students – was approved by the President’s Cabinet on September 3, 2020.
Action Steps to Make Change
Addressing bias and discrimination is not a sprint. We are not looking for a quick fix. We are committed to the deep, deliberate, and thoughtful work to dismantle systemic racism at Saint Rose.