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Diversity and Inclusion

Oswego is committed to ensuring that our classrooms, offices and common spaces are welcoming to all and that everyone who comes to campus feels respected and valued. Our goal is to spark conversation, exposure and engagement with all people, thoughts and ideas — from all corners of the world.

Diversity and inclusion helps our students become informed and engaged citizens ready to do their part in creating a more just and equitable world. Our policies and programs celebrate differences and empower everyone to embrace who they are and share their experiences with others.

 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and their Advisory Board provide input on student, faculty and staff needs to the Chief Diversity Officer and assists in implementation of diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

Programs and Events

We provide a variety of programs and events that support our mission to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement. For example, our ‘Shining the light’ campaign promotes meaningful conversations around our differences. We also use campus climate surveys and data on student outcomes for student subgroups to identify areas for improvement. 

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Accessibility  

At Oswego, we know that providing accessibility to education is extremely important. Accessibility Resources is dedicated to working with the faculty and staff on campus to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The office provides support services, adaptive technologies, and other assistance required to help all students succeed.

accessibility resources

Faith and Spirituality 

We provide supportive guidance and creating inclusive spaces for all students, regardless of their beliefs and faith traditions. Members of our community from diverse faith identities and backgrounds have the opportunity to come together to celebrate, learn from one another, and develop relationships for hope, renewal, and interfaith cooperation.

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Gender and Sexuality 

From National Coming Out Day to Safe Zone Training Workshops, student-led groups and department sponsored events engage the community in important dialogue.

International Student Services

International students and scholars are a strong and growing presence on our campus, now from 48 countries. The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) provides many services to help you adjust to campus life including the New Student Orientation, programs and events, support with cultural adjustment, and more.

international student services