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SUNY Board of Trustees' & Governor Cuomo's Continued Support for Diversity and Inclusion after Trump Administration's Rescinds Guidelines

SUNY Board of Trustees’ Response to Maintaining Diversity and Inclusion Plan
July 5, 2018

The Board of Trustees for The State University of New York resoundingly decries and opposes The Trump Administration’s recent dissolution of the Justice and Education Department’s policy guidelines regarding diversity and inclusion. This action opposes the fundamental ideas of our country, will inflict incalculable harm on American Higher Education, and promises to compromise national economic competitiveness. Please click here to read the statement Chancellor Johnson and Chairman McCall.

Governor Cuomo Issues Open Letter to SUNY and CUNY Directing Them to Maintain Diversity and Inclusion Plans After Trump Administration Rescinds Guidelines

Governor Cuomo today issued an open letter to SUNY Board of Trustees Chair H. Carl McCall and CUNY Board of Trustees Chair William C. Thompson Jr. directing them to maintain their diversity and inclusion plans after the Trump administration rescinded guidelines on using race in college admissions. The letter directs the Chairs to continue existing policies that promote racial diversity and inclusion and to prepare a report by August 15 on how they will further expand and increase diversity on campuses.

Please click here to read Governor Cuomo’s Open Letter to SUNY and CUNY Campuses to Maintain Diversity and Inclusion.

SUNY Downstate is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusionary workforce. Thank you for all you do.

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Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP




About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.