Multicultural Life and Diversity Office

If you are interested in attending any of our upcoming trainings or programming, please visit our "Get Involved" page for further information. To register for any event please email the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office.

Challenging the Culture of Cruelty: Understanding and Defeating Race and Class Inequity in America

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Brown Auditorium of Old Main, Tim Wise addressed students, faculty, staff and community members about race and class inequity in America. Tim Wise is a leading anti-racist ally and is among the most prominent anti-racist write and educators in the United States. Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He is also the author of numerous books including Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, White Like Me: Reflections of Race from a Privileged Son, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.


Ricardo Destinvil is a SUNY Cortland Political Science major, Multicultural Life and Diversity Office intern, a National Student Affairs Professional Undergraduate Fellow, and a Residence Assistant. Mr.Destinvil has been expressing his critical race and social justice frameworks through art and we are proud to present #DontBoxMeInToo. This project is the second in a series of critical race and social justice videos that started with the original work entitled #DontBoxMeIn, which looked at the stereotype of inferiority in people of African descent. This video focuses on a broad range of stereotypes and Mr. Destinvil hopes that the video resonates with your lived experiences and awakens your drive to end the boxing in of those who are different.

Bias-Related Incident Reporting Form

Report a Bias-Related Incident

We at SUNY Cortland are committed to mitigating behavior and conditions that work against the richness of a diverse and inclusive community. Biased related incidents on the SUNY Cortland campus are of great concern for all members of the campus community. A biased related incident not only impacts people at an individual level, it negatively impacts our entire community. If you have been a victim of a bias-related incident, you can report the information below. While many bias-related incidents may not rise to the level of recognizable action, please know that SUNY Cortland is committed to actively responding to these incidents. The reporting of bias-related experiences is helpful in accessing climate and setting community expectations for the treatment of others. Perpetrators of biased related incidents may face student conduct or human resource action. The faculty or staff person who receives this report will offer support, assistance, and guidance to the victim and will assure that proper campus authorities are notified. A list of campus resources is included at the end of the form.

What should be reported on this form?

This form is available for the reporting of incidents of bias-related incidents, including, but not limited to (dis)ability, age, ethnicity, gender/sexism, gender identity/expression, nationality/immigration status, physical appearance, race, faith/non-faith, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status/class.

What should not be reported on this form?

Do not use this form to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. If you require emergency assistance, please contact the University Police Department at 607-753-2111 or for off-campus incidents call 911.

Will this be anonymous?

Those wishing to be kept anonymous can choose not to identify themselves. Those looking for follow up from a SUNY Cortland administrator should identify themselves. Either way of reporting is very helpful in creating the healthy cultural environment we have set as a goal a priority at SUNY Cortland. You will see that the form offers both the anonymous and the identifiable options for reporting. We will make every effort to protect the privacy of all involved, but the information you provide in completing this form is not confidential and may be shared as necessary for us to take the appropriate action.

Who should use this form?

Anyone in our campus community can report a bias-related incident as it relates to SUNY Cortland. You do not have to be a student/faculty/staff member of SUNY Cortland for you to disrupt bias related behaviors in our campus community.

What happens after I fill out this form?

All information will be sent to our Chief Diversity Officer and shared with the Affirmative Action Officer, in the case of alleged faculty/staff involvement, or the Student Conduct Officer in the case of alleged student involvement. Information will be shared with other areas (Title IX, Residential Life and Housing, President/Cabinet, etc.) if warranted.

Join SUNY Cortland Orientation Assistants as they share valuable tips for succeeding as a new student. In this video, they stress the importance of respecting all aspects of human differences and its impact on students' experiences on-campus. How will your conversations and experiences impact what you write on others' whiteboards and what others will write on your whiteboard?

Show Me Your Brave Video

SUNY Cortland's Multicultural Life and Diversity Office theme for the 2014-2015 academic year: "Show Me Your Brave."

"You Can Play" 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?

Sign our "You Can Play" pledge.

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

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