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January 11, 2010

SUNY Chancellor visits Delhi for diversity conference


{"DS | Byline name"/}By Patricia Breakey

{"DS | Byline title"/}Delhi News Bureau

{"DS | Body text"/}DELHI _ SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher was at SUNY Delhi on Monday to lead a discussion about increasing diversity on the campuses.

Zimpher said the Delhi campus was chosen as the fourth of seven sites for the statewide strategic planning conversations because of its location in central New York and that it is within a two-hour drive of many other campuses.

Other sites include in New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Stony Brook, Plattsburgh and Syracuse.

She also noted that factors such as booking a speaker who would motivate the conversation on diversity, the willingness of the State University College of Technology at Delhi to host the event and the cooperation of the weather all contributed to choosing SUNY Delhi for Monday's event.

Zimpher is leading the formation and implementation of a SUNY-wide strategic plan that will guide the State University of New York system for the next five years and advise its development for the next decade.

SUNY director of media relations David Henahan said approximately 225 people, including 40 to 50 people from the Delhi and Oneonta campuses, participated in the conference that was held at the SUNY Delhi's Alumni Hall Hospitality Center.

Zimpher said about 180 of the 200 people nominated by the campus presidents and SUNY affiliates were in Delhi to discuss increasing diversity in the SUNY system. The nominees include faculty, system administrators, staff, students, alumni, foundation staff, community leaders and others linked to SUNY campuses. The representatives said they are expected to participate in at least five of the seven statewide conversations.

The keynote speaker was Yolanda Moses, special assistant to the Chancellor for Excellence & Diversity and Vice Provost for Conflict Resolution at University of California in Riverside.

Zimpher said Moses' training as an anthropologist made her a provocative speaker.

"We don't know enough about how to impact diversity," Zimpher said. "We don't study ourselves enough. We want programs we institute to have a lasting impact."

The themes for the other six SUNY conversations include:

"¢ Ensuring Economic Vitality and Quality of Life will look at SUNY's overall role as an economic catalyst in the local and global economy and explore opportunities to have a greater impact.

"¢ Arts and Culture will explore the ways in which the creative industries are having economic effects that ripple through society by producing businesses, generating jobs, revitalizing infrastructure, fueling innovation and giving communities new promise and renewal.

"¢ Education Pipeline will start with the idea that every young person in the state of New York deserves the opportunity for high-quality education and preparation for college, work and life.

"¢ Energy and Sustainability will examine how SUNY is aiming to become international leaders in solving the global energy challenge and becoming the greenest public university system in the world.

"¢ Globalization will identify strategies that expand international reach and vision.

"¢ Health Affairs will look at SUNY's role as world-class medical and health care educators, researchers and providers.

"¢ Quality of Place will take a close look at how connecting with diverse communities, using knowledge and skills to promote safe and livable neighborhoods, stable housing and thriving workplaces help make communities stronger and more resilient.

More about the SUNY Strategic Plan can be found at www.suny.edu/strategicplan.