Syracuse University Taking Further Efforts to Improve Campus Climate for Black Students

Syracuse University was embroiled in controversy during the fall semester. The student newspaper at the university reported that recently “at least 10 hate crimes or bias-related incidents have been reported on or near campus.” (See JBHE post.)

The university announced that it would take steps to improve the campus climate for African American students who make up 6 percent of the student body and students from other underrepresented groups. Recently, the university announced initiatives aimed at increasing the racial diversity of its faculty.

Now the university has announced further efforts to address the campus climate.

  • A Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion has been formed by the board of trustees to assess and provide recommendations regarding programs, policies, and initiatives designed to foster and strengthen diversity and inclusion at the university.
  • Interim steps have been taken to address space issues for multicultural students, including the recently opened space in 550 Bird Library, which will be used as a study lounge and a meeting and convening space.
  • More than 110 students, representing a broad array of student groups and organizations, volunteered to serve on the Campus Engagement Committees. Nearly 300 faculty and staff have also signed up.
  • The university has allocated an additional $5.6 million for diversity and inclusion initiatives to address the commitments made by the university, with 16 new staff members added to work on new and improved diversity programming.
  • Funding has been allocated to double the capacity for the Students of Color Leadership Retreat and to create an International Students Leadership Retreat.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Announces Unique STEM-Focused MBA Degree Program

The new STEM-MBA program at Alcorn State, the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi, will prepare students to become business leaders in STEM industries through courses on foundational STEM and business concepts, as well as data analysis and strategic decision-making.

Five Black Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities Across the United States

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to dean positions at universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

PNC Partners With Howard University to Empower Black Entrepreneurship

The Howard University and PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship aims to support and educate Black entrepreneurs from across the country. The collaborative initiative includes three other HBCU partners: Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Texas Southern University.

Saida Grundy Wins Race, Gender, and Class Book Award From the American Sociology Association

Dr. Grundy's book, Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man, explores the culture and experiences of graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta, the country's only historically Black college for men.

Featured Jobs