Multicultural Life and Diversity Office
Corey Union, Room 407-A
Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808

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Multicultural Life
and Diversity Office
Assistant Director
Office Hours
Corey Union, Room 411

Will Hernandez:
Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m.

Rachael Forester:
Thursdays from 12-1p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Melissa Wilson:
Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

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Multicultural Life and Diversity Office

Helping make the campus feel more inclusive

Show me your Brave

SUNY Cortland's Multicultural Life & Diversity Office theme for the year of 2014-2015 is "Show Me Your Brave." Check us out on Twitter to see how our community members are helping make the campus more inclusive.


Connecting the Campus

...where the President knows your name.

We feel fortunate to have a President who often knows you by name and is frequently seen attending various student events and diversity trainings. Whether you are students, faculty, or staff we want this to be a welcoming place for you.


Connecting the Campus

Fall Diversity Retreat

The Diversity Retreat is one of our best events for the fall! Students of various backgrounds come together to celebrate diversity, learn from each other and develop trust. Join us in the Fall!


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Mission Statement

You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.

You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit

Ready to join us in our fight for fairness in the locker room?

Then sign our pledge here.

Keynote Speaker Revealed for the 6th Annual Diversity Conference

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Mr. Lyndon Huling, Student Activities Coordinator at the Center for Student involvement at the University of California, Davis

     Lyndon’s higher education journey brought him from California to New York and back, including a two-year stay with the Multicultural Life and Diversity office at SUNY Cortland as the Assistant Director. Along the way, Lyndon has had the opportunity to engage with student leaders who have shaped his understanding of how diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice intersect with student development in higher education. As an inner-city youth growing up in Vallejo, California, Lyndon overcame many challenges with the support of teachers and mentors in order to pursue his dream of attending college. Lyndon’s experiences during that period of his life have led him to pursue positions where he has the opportunity to be an advocate for underrepresented students, and act as ally for those whose voices are silenced by the hierarchy of education in the United States. By investing his time and energy in promoting the success of students, Lyndon believes he is honoring those who supported him through his own educational journey.

     For the last year and a half, Lyndon has served as a key member of the Student Affairs team at UC Davis and supports the campus during protests, student activism, and contentious programming. In this capacity, Lyndon has provided leadership and education while helping the campus community navigate complex and challenging situations such as tuition hikes, police injustice, and cultural appropriation. By working with students, administration, and community members, Lyndon works to create brave spaces where every voice can be heard, and students are empowered to ignite movements. Lyndon believes that the free exchange of ideas is at the foundation of higher education, and dialogue is critical in developing student leaders to be engaged citizens and critical thinkers. If you are interested in hearing his speech, please refer to the registration form link located below to attend the 6th Annual Diversity Conference at SUNY Cortland.

Diversity Conference 2015


On behalf of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, I would like to take this opportunity to invite students in your institution to propose a paper, panel, or creative art/performance piece to be considered for the 6th Annual Multicultural Life and Diversity Office Student Conference on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice: “Show Me YOUR Brave”.

The conference will be hosted by SUNY Cortland on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Our Call for papers and presentations can be found on our webpage below along with our registration link. All proposals must be submitted to by February 20, 2015.

Last year our conference attracted participants from 11 schools with over 200 people in attendance.  This year, we are hoping to see the conference continue to grow. The 2014-2015 student conference theme: “Show Me Your Brave” is meant to inspire students to truly think about the meaning of bravery. We want students to challenge themselves to become advocates, allies and active students in society by engaging in difficult conversations around diversity, avoiding becoming  a bystander, speaking up when no one is watching, and reflecting on themselves to see just how big their brave truly is. The theme meaning is deeper than just showing others that “you are” brave, but rather taking ownership of the bravery you have inside of you to show others how big YOUR brave is.

As an academic student conference, this is a rich opportunity for students to build their resumes for graduate school and future job opportunities (graduate students may also present).  The conference is completely student run with all student presenters and a student-centered keynote.  Students also get the opportunity to work closely with a faculty or staff member on their campus as they prepare for and attend the conference experience. Below is the registration form to participate in the conference. You will also see the CFP Form below which is intended for those who wish to present at the conference.

Conference Forms located below

Registration Form

CFP Form (PDF)


We look forward to your participation!


Melissa Silva Da Costa Wilson
Residence Hall Director, Casey Tower
Interim Assistant Director of Multicultural Life and Diversity
The State University of New York College at Cortland
PO Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Office: 607-753-4162