No two students are alike, and no two students have the same needs. SUNY Oswego offers a range of resources and services as diverse and varied as our campus community but alike in the goal of supporting all of our students as they navigate their campus experience.
Accessibility Resources, Bias Incident Reporting, Campus Dining, Career Services, Counseling Services Center, Division of Student Affairs, EXCEL, Hall Newman Center, International Student and Scholar Services, Office of Financial Aid, Penfield Anti-Racism Research Guide, Resources for Trans Students, Safe Zone Training, Sexual and Interpersonal Violence, Student Emergency Fund, Veterans and Military Services
Accessibility Resources advocates for full accessibility and inclusion for students with disabilities within the SUNY Oswego community. The Accessibility Resources Offices works with all students, whether it's a temporary or permanent disability to provide a range of services ranging including assistive technology, note-taking, and service animal compliance, and further acts as a resource for faculty.
Recognizing historical barriers to reporting bias-related incidents, including fear of not being believed, fear of no action, and fear of retaliation, SUNY Oswego believes strongly in a culture of reporting and accountability. If you know of, have witnessed, or were the target of an incident motivated by age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation (perceived or confirmed), please fill out a Bias-Related Incident Report.
Auxiliary Services has worked with faculty, staff, and students to offer a menu that meets the dietary, cultural, and emotional needs of the whole community. In consultation with our campus nutritionist, Oswego offers resources for those observing Ramadan, or keeping, Kosher, Halal, vegan, or gluten free diets. Spring 2021 will see the introduction of menu items developed from our students' families recipes as another way to ensure we can all come together and find health and comfort in a meal.
SUNY Oswego's Career Services offers confidential coaching appointments about the job search, anti-discrimination law, how to handle illegal questions during job interviews, your rights and responsibilities as a job seeker, and more. Career Services also utilizes strategic partnerships to support diverse students in their job search, networking skills, and professional practice.
The Counseling and Services Center offers support groups that address the needs of diverse identities and experiences, including groups for international, bi/pan, and trans students as well as students of color.
- International Circle - An Inclusive Group for International Students
- Bi/Pan Support Group The Bi/Pan Support Group is a group open to students exploring shared aspects of identity. This group welcomes all students who identify with bisexual, pansexual and related intimate relationships/sexual identities.
- Trans Support Group A weekly support-based counseling group for students who identify on the trans spectrum.
- Boys to Men: Men of Color Support Group Designed to provide support for students who self-identify as men of color. Topics may include Microaggressions, Toxic Masculinity, Systematic & Institutional Racism, Racial Trauma, hot issues in the media, or any other concerns.
- Embracing U: Women of Color Support Group Provides support for students who self-identify as women of color. Topics may include racial identity development, workplace culture, self-esteem and body image, hot topics in the media and more.
Overseeing Residence Life and Housing, Campus Life, Career Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Auxiliary Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramural/Recreational Sports, Student Conduct, Financial Aid, and more our Division of Student Affairs is committed to an ongoing dialogue to work together to address challenges in a way that removes barriers to success and promotes a culture of inclusivity, compassion, and mutual respect. The competencies gained through diverse experiences across our campus prepare all of our students, staff, and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a global society.
Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning (EXCEL) helps our students engage with opportunities to grow in their understanding of themselves, our campus, and opportunities beyond. From an array of First Year Experience touch-points to gain a sense of belonging, to College and Career courses to develop professional skills, to Co-op or Internship and Service Learning opportunities to apply new skills in a real world setting, EXCEL helps all students connect the dots between their own identity and interests, study, and vocation.
The mission of the Hall Newman Center is to nurture spiritual development of individuals on the SUNY Oswego campus and in the Oswego community. We commit ourselves to be a resource for information, education and advocacy on behalf of the Catholic Church and its teachings.
The ISSS Office provides many services to help international students adjust to campus life including the New Student Orientation, programs and events, support with cultural adjustment, and more.
With the goal of making college affordable and financial aid accessible to all, our office of Financial Aid is always available to help. From accessible staff members to information about state, federal, and campus-based scholarships, grants, and loans, as well as a robust list of external funding sources, we are here to help you navigate your unique path.
Penfield Library has some valuable online videos, eBooks, and literature highlighting discussions about racism that we want to share with you. This guide is limited to items that Penfield Library owns in print or are able to provide remote access for, and the library welcomes your suggestions on strengthening this guide as as a constantly evolving resource.
Being trans can offer unique challenges when it comes to navigating different policies and campus offices. Visit our trans student resource page for more support information.
Note: for local, off-campus healthcare providers, therapists, and lawyers, check out Accept Oswego's list of Oswego County Resources.
The Dean of Students Office can provide Safe Zone training to educate and empower people to create safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
SUNY Oswego's Title IX Coordinator (Lisa Evaneski) can help with issues of discrimination, including sex discrimination, sexual harassment, homophobia, and discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Her contact information is listed at the link above.
The Office of Alumni & Development established a fund in March, 2020 for alumni to contribute funds to support students who faced unexpected situations and hardship. The fund was established in response to the COVID-19 crisis. For students facing an unexpected hardship or an emergency, please email [email protected].
SUNY Oswego is dedicated to providing outstanding guidance, advice, advocacy and outreach services that reflect the unique needs of our veteran and military student population, along with their spouses and dependents. Our staff will help you navigate your educational benefits, internships, networking, and career planning. Whether you want to take courses part-time, full-time, or need something with more flexibility—SUNY Oswego is dedicated to help you find the educational opportunities that best work for you.
- NAACP Syracuse and Onondaga County
- SUNY Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Through its various initiatives, ODEI strengthens SUNY’s ability to create a learning environment needed to develop the extraordinary leaders who will succeed in an increasingly culturally diverse and globalized society.
- Harvard Implicit Association Test
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
- Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity: Implicit Bias Module Series
Trainings offer an engaging, research-based approach to community engagement, bias mitigation, and empowering individuals to proactively address instances of discrimination and bias in real time.
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
A coalition of more than 200 national organizations that work to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.
- Accept Oswego
An organization for LGBTQ+ youth that creates resources and holds community events. They are mainly accessible through the Facebook page linked above. Accept Oswego also provides a list of inclusive healthcare providers, therapists, and lawyers in Oswego County.
- Oswego LGBT Safe Zone
A private Facebook support group for LGBTQ+ members of Oswego and the surrounding areas
- Oswego Pride
A public Facebook group for the Oswego Pride Festival, which also posts general LGBTQ content.
- PFLAG Oswego County
Local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
- LGBTQ+ Drop-In
Weekly drop-in service for youth and young adults hosted by OCO (Oswego County Opportunities). More information can be found at the linked Facebook page.
- LGBTQ Youth Resource Center
L283 W. 2nd Street, Prevention Suite 100, Oswego, NY / Hours: Every Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Refuge Restrooms
Refuge Restrooms is a web application that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals.
- The Arc of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization that has been a leader in the provision of services to individuals with disabilities since 1953. The organization aspires to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation.
- A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
This guide, a publication of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides summaries of all major disability rights laws and appropriate federal contact information for more information.
- National Center for College Students with Disabilities
(NCCSD) The only federally-funded national center in the U.S. for college and graduate students with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness.