SUNY Cortland president plans talk on race, diversity

The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at [email protected].

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum wants to have a candid campus conversation — three of them, to be exact — on crucial topics that will set the College’s course for the future.

“Let’s Talk about Race” marks the first of three discussions in the President’s Conversation Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Cortland. It takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the David J. Vittor ’67 Lecture Hall, located in Sperry Center, Room 105.

All students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members are encouraged to attend.

The conversation series will attempt to gather multiple perspectives, establish campus-wide appreciation for differences and provide future direction for an equitable and inclusive SUNY Cortland.

Each discussion will include an expert on the topic; a panel made up of students, faculty and staff members; and a group discussion about how the College can move forward in each of the crucial topics. Sexual identity and cultural climate will be discussed in future conversations with President Bitterbaum.

For more information on the initial event, contact the College’s Multicultural Life and Diversity Office at 607-753-2336. Information on future meetings will be released when it is available.

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