Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Expand your horizons at SUNY Cortland and get ready to participate in valuable, new and exciting experiences. Our collaborative and inclusive learning environment builds communities to achieve academic excellence through diversity and social justice while preparing you to contribute to a global economy.

SUNY Cortland offers a warm, friendly and comfortable place where you are welcomed, respected and encouraged to share your unique background and personal journey as you meet new friends and colleagues who may come from just down the street, anywhere in the United States and all across the world.

You’ll benefit from exchanging dynamic learning opportunities with the interesting people you’ll meet at SUNY Cortland. As you enjoy hearing about their experiences and sharing your own, you’ll discover the many ways you are enriched by these diverse encounters. And you’ll appreciate that your growing awareness and achievements inspire in friends, family, fellow professionals and employers everywhere.

Welcoming AnnaMaria Cirrincione, Our New Assistant Director of Multicultural Life & Diversity

AnnaMaria was born in Queens, NY and moved to the Central NY area in the year 2000. She attended Utica College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics in 2010. After working at Utica College for three years, first as an Assistant Director of Admissions, covering travel in the NYC, DC and MD areas and then as a counselor in Opportunity Programs, AnnaMaria decided that she wanted to further her career in Student Affairs and go back to school for her master’s.

She recently, in May 2015, graduated with her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University while she worked as one of the Graduate Assistants in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. AnnaMaria is Greek as well and is an hermana of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. While pursuing her master’s, she also served as a practicum student in the Days-Massolo Cultural Education Center at Hamilton College and the Office of Off-Campus & Commuter Services at Syracuse University. AnnaMaria’s goal is to continue to promote equitable educational experiences for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, documentation status and all other aspects of human differences.

Noelle Chaddock Named Chief Diversity Officer

Picture of Noelle Chaddock

     Noelle Chaddock on Sept. 1st, 2014 was named the College’s Chief Diversity Officer. She is responsible for promoting diversity throughout all four divisions of the College and in ensuring that the diversity, equity and inclusion needs of both the campus and SUNY are addressed. Chaddock serves as the institution’s primary contact for issues of diversity and as a College liaison with the SUNY System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Since 2011, she has directed the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office. Recently, she facilitated anti-bias conversations for the SUNY Cortland community, an initiative that she plans to continue. Chaddock joined the College in 2008 as a lecturer and teaches in the Africana Studies and Philosophy departments. She has a doctorate in philosophy, interpretation and culture from University at Binghamton.

SafeZone Training at SUNY Cortland for Faculty and Staff

     Multicultural Life and Diversity is excited to provide SafeZone training for faculty and staff. SafeZone was created to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual and Intersex (LGBTQQIA) community by identifying and training allies.

     Allies are individuals in the Cortland community who consider themselves to be open and knowledgeable about LGBTQQIA topics and who choose to provide support, as well as advocate for those who identify as LBGTQQIA. After completing the training, individuals may request a SafeZone sticker that they can use to let others know their space is considered a “SafeZone.” Since its launch in August 2012, we have certified over 90 professionals and 80 students including our president and the vice president of student affairs.

     Upcoming trainings can be viewed HERE. Please RSVP at least one week before the training you would like to attend, specifying which training you would like to attend. Please email RSVP with name and department to multicultural.life@cortland.edu.  Individuals completing the SafeZone training will receive a SafeZone sticker for their office/space, and will have the opportunity to opt-into being included in an online resource page for the SUNY Cortland community. Spaces are limited. We will notify you via email upon receiving your registration if we are unable to accommodate you in this training and add you to the waitlist for our next training.

     If you would like to arrange this training as a department, please contact Dana Smith or call 607-753-2336. For more information, visit the SafeZone website.


Resources for Students

Diversity consists of understanding and accepting our individual differences and the searching for that which we have in common. Diversity work is about the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is respecting each other, struggling together and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity. Below are a variety of resources that SUNY Cortland offers that will help you better understand your own diversity and the diversity around you.

Academic Departments, Programs and Centers

Campus Offices

Additional Campus Resources

  1. Seth Asumah
  2. Gradin Avery
  3. Ralph Carrasquillo
  4. Wendy Cranmer
  5. Steven Dangler
  6. Regina Grantham
  7. Wendy Hurley
  8. Juanita Larrabee
  9. Virginia Levine
  10. Mark Prus
  11. Noelle Chaddock Paley
  12. Lewis Rosengarten
  13. Greg Sharer
  14. Mark Yacavone
  15. Mike Urtz
  16. Jennifer Wilson
  17. Sandra Wohlleber

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Use these diversity links to discover helpful teaching and employment resources. We also welcome your suggested additions.

Resources of General Interest

In addition to what SUNY Cortland offers around diversity, inclusion, and social justice, below are a variety of resources which can be utilized to continue to develop your understanding and appreciation of diversity and self-awareness. These links direct you to external sites. SUNY Cortland is not responsible for the accuracy of information, site maintenance or opinions expressed.

Title IX

Phone: 607-753-4550
Fax: 607-753-5993

Affirmative Action Office   

Phone: 607-753-2302
Fax: 607-753-5994

Human Resources 

Phone: 607-753-2302
Fax: 607-753-5994

Student Conduct

Phone: 607-753-4725
Fax: 607-753-4868

Multicultural Life and Diversity Office

Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808

Residence Life and Housing

Phone: 607-753-4724
Fax: 607-753-5984

Student Affairs

Phone: 607-753-4721
Fax: 607-753-2808

Student Government Association

Phone: 607-753-4816
Fax: 607-753-2807

University Police Department

Phone: 607-753-2112
Fax: 607-753-5752

Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies

Phone: 607-753-5784
Fax: 607-753-5694