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[July 06 2018]

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 directing them to maintain their diversity and inclusion plans after the Trump administration rescinded guidelines on using race in college admissions.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.


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


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 376-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital is Downstate’s teaching hospital and is backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to University Hospital, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health-Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit