MLK Celebration

Every January, Alpha Phi Alpha and SUNY Oswego's Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management organize a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and Black History Month with a prominent speaker, performances and other events.

MLK’s Daughter, Grammy-Winning Singer  Featured in Campus Celebration

SUNY Oswego’s 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration featured Bernice A. King (pictured below), daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and chief executive of the King Center, and Grammy-winning gospel singer Smokie Norful. King’s speech acknowledged the impact of her father’s legacy and its relevance to social movements today. She reflected upon her father’s idea of shifting to a “person-driven society from a profit-driven society,” and that securing the well-being of people would naturally eradicate racism, poverty and other social ills.


The youngest daughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, Bernice King began her career as an orator speaking at the United Nations in place of her mother at age 17. She has brought her motivating messages to such places as the White House, Lincoln Memorial and major universities, as well as around the world in locations including South Africa, Germany and New Zealand.

She continues her family’s legacy in countless ways, including spearheading the August 2013 “Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action” event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. As CEO of the King Center, she continues to educate youth and adults on the nonviolence principles modeled and promoted by her parents.

She is a graduate of Spelman College and earned a master’s degree in divinity and a juris doctor degree from Emory University.

“The pride and treasure of our nation is our youth,” she says in her speaker’s biography. “Any nation that neglects the teaching and the upbringing of its youth is a nation on the decline.”

I Am Oz

'I Am Oz' campaign celebrates diversity, community (from November 2014)

Portraits in diversity, the faces of SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff peer at viewers across campus from posters and digital signs, declaring with one voice, "I am Oz."


ALANA Student Leadership Conference
The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference promotes a multicultural environment at SUNY Oswego, which will allow all members of the campus community as well as those from other colleges and universities to interact positively in an atmosphere of mutual consideration and understanding.

About Diversity and Inclusion

Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and will become responsible citizens of the world.


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

At SUNY Oswego, we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community, and we strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced.  On this website, you will find information and resources to better acquaint you with the many ways in which our campus addresses the needs of our diverse faculty, staff and students in an effort to ensure a learning and working environment that is focused on inclusive excellence. At SUNY Oswego, no one is invisible.