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Imagine that moment when you see someone or something different, followed by wanting to experience that difference, by getting to know the difference so that it isn't something fearful.
Think about touching that difference or getting close enough to it to realize that though it is different, it is also somehow familiar. Perhaps it is similar to someone or something that you already know. Now you're connecting to what we mean by diversity.
We find diversity reflected in the eyes of "the other."
We observe it in the countless songs of the world, in the laughter abounding in different dialects and languages, in professors constructing conversations that empower students to educate one another, in student organizations that break down the walls of difference, in everyone helping their neighbor, in everyone respecting the stranger.
At Plattsburgh, diversity is me, you, everyone!
Everyone travels through life with baggage from his or her previous experiences. Conceptions and misconceptions, dispositions for or against things, skills learned and the potential to learn new ones - these are a few examples.
College students are no exception.
Their baggage contains essentials that will assist them in college and throughout life, as well as some items which may have served their purpose or probably should never have been put in the bags in the first place. Sorting the wanted from the unwanted is not an easy process.
That's where the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion (CDPI) can help.
If you are interested in learning more about promoting diversity at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
J.W. Wiley, Chief Diversity Officer
Office Location: Kehoe 610
Phone: (518) 564-5410