SUNY's Edge


Quote - 'our campus reflects the rest of society'Increasing and celebrating diversity has long been a strategic direction of SUNY Oswego. It is a priority because as we understand and engage differences among cultures and other divisions of the human family, each of us becomes more fully human.

Writing classIn 2010-11, we embarked on projects to encourage more women to pursue careers in the sciences and more members of minority groups to enter business fields. We celebrated success in recruiting students and faculty of color and examined how to engage populations at risk more fully in education and its benefits. And we continued our tradition of sharing arts and values drawn from a range of cultural traditions.

Sharing culture

  • ALANA conference planningThe annual African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) Student Leadership Conference added a Peace and Unity Walk to the 25-year-old conference as it opened the 2010-11 academic year.

  • Haudensaunee dance at International DayThe college's annual International Day celebrated diversity with displays by various cultural student organizations on campus as well as study-abroad opportunities.

  • Grease at SUNY OswegoThe hit musical "Grease," which transports audiences to America of the 1950s, has endured countless stagings and reruns, but Oswego's 2011 production was likely among the first to cast people of color as leads Sandy and Danny. "It's not really about your culture or your color. It's about being a young person," said director Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the theatre faculty. Added student Alagia Conwell-Felix, assistant director, "'Grease' hits home for everyone. . . . Every culture enjoys it."

  • Step AfrikaStep Afrika opened the college's professional performing arts series in 2010-11 with a celebration of stepping, an art form born at African-American fraternities. The Artswego series continued with U.S.-based performance groups that drew on Latino, Israeli, jazz and other cultural traditions as well as performers visiting from abroad.

  • GENIUS OlympiadHigh school students from around the world competed in science and art at SUNY Oswego in summer 2011 through the first GENIUS Olympiad, sharing diverse cultures as well as intellectual discovery.

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