The Office of the President
January 13, 2023
Dear Members of the SUNY Oswego Community,
On Monday, January 16, 2023, we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We invite you to take some time to reflect on Dr. King’s revolutionary impact as an advocate for inclusion and a champion for racial, social and economic justice in the United States and abroad.  
In keeping with our own institutional efforts toward a more inclusive university community, we are pleased to highlight some upcoming events and offer new resources that provide education and training around gender identity, pronouns and chosen names.  

Pronoun Guide Website
Our new Pronoun Guide website offers helpful resources and provides answers to the most common questions we get from members of the SUNY Oswego community around pronoun usage and etiquette. Please take a look and feel free to share this guide with fellow Lakers who have questions, or with friends and family who would like to learn more.  

Gender Identity Training: Using Pronouns at SUNY Oswego
This workshop will debut on Tuesday, January 17 as a winter breakout session. It will also be available by request in any and all campus spaces (classes, training, retreats, department meetings, etc.). This workshop seeks to build a more inclusive practice around pronoun usage and demonstrate support for our LGBTQIA+ community members through active learning and sharing of strategies. A follow-up winter breakout session – Practicing Pronouns: Getting New Pronouns To Stick – will be held on Thursday, January 19. For more information on time, location and remote access options for these breakouts, visit the Pronoun Guide website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
SUNY Oswego will hold its 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m., in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The speaker will be announced early next week with tickets to this free event available to SUNY Oswego students on January 23, faculty and staff on January 26, and to the general public on January 30.

As we honor Dr. King next week and recognize his tireless advocacy for justice, let us also remember that he was an intellectual who understood and deeply valued the transformative power of education. His exceptional moral courage shines through in our institutional priority of inclusive community and in our shared pursuit to build equitable and just communities.


Mary C. Toale
Officer in Charge

Kendra N. Cadogan
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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