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Goal 3
A model of diversity and inclusion

Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, 2015–2021

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Adelphi’s reputation as a community that values, welcomes and inspires every individual—among our students, faculty and staff—will grow on a national level.

Here is a sample of our key initiatives. / See some of our progress.

Recruit and Retain Diverse Faculty, Staff and Administrators

Increase Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Students

Create a Welcoming and Safe Campus

Ensure Curriculum Reflects our Goals of Diversity and Inclusion

See some of our progress:

Adelphi’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Receives Distinguished Award
Perry Greene, Ph.D., has had a profound effect on Adelphi, helping make it a model of diversity and inclusion. His leadership has been reflected in major awards Adelphi has received in the past year, including a prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity and a Premier Campus designation from the Campus Pride Index. Now he’s added another award, this one from the Nassau County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee in 2019 for his many efforts to build bridges by promoting patience, tolerance, understanding and multicultural appreciation. Dr. Greene accepted the award in a ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

› Learn About Diversity at Adelphi

Adelphi Hosts Event Devoted to Combating Islamophobia
In one of the University’s many efforts to promote understanding, we presented “United: A Conversation on Islamophobia.” The event included open discussion along with words from guest speakers Omar Shareef, MD, a resident in psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center, and Shakiel Humayun, the CEO of Wellspring Elementary School. The event was hosted by the Muslim Student Association in collaboration with Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Interfaith Center, the Catholic student organization the Newman Club, Global Medical Brigades, as well as the Levermore Global Scholars Student Leadership Council.

› Read More About the Effort

Adelphi Professor’s Research on LGBTQ+ Youth Draws National Attention
When Geoffrey Ream, PhD, associate professor in the School of Social Work, went to explore the variables surrounding suicide of young people ages 12 through 29, he discovered a disturbing pattern: Almost one quarter of 12- to 14-year-olds who died by suicide were LGBTQ+. This disparity lessens with age, as 8 percent of 25- to 29-year-olds who died by suicide were LGBTQ+. Dr. Ream’s study, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, was covered by Reuters and syndicated widely.

› Check Out Adelphi’s School of Social Work

Adelphi Athletics Shows LGBTQ+ Pride in a Fun Game of Softball
The Athletics Department, which last year gained gold-medallion status from the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program for its efforts in creating an inclusive LGBTQ+ athletics community, showed its support for diversity and inclusion again by hosting its first-ever Pride at the Park softball game on April 9. The event was inspired by the You Can Play project, an international organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect, and safety for all athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The Athletics Department also created a video featuring Adelphi athletes assuring everyone that “If you can play, you can play.”

› See More About Adelphi Athletics

Adelphi Offers Summer College Program for Hispanic High School Students
In August 2019, Adelphi’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host its inaugural summer program to prepare students from local schools for college. Called the Hispanic Community Partnership Program, it will bring 25 rising seniors to campus for workshops on critical reading and writing, STEM subjects, navigating the college application process and mentoring—at no charge. The program will also include a financial literacy component as well as a cultural trip to New York City. Applications are coming in quickly!

› Discover More About the Program

Adelphi’s Physics Club Wins National Award—Again
Since 2009, the Society of Physics Students has given out Future Faces of Physics Awards to university student groups that are helping make the sciences more accessible to members of underrepresented communities. Adelphi’s Physics Club won the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 awards for its Lab 4 Kids program, which brings ninth-grade students from nearby schools to campus for a day of physics experiments. Created by Sean Bentley, PhD, associate professor of physics, in collaboration with a local schoolteacher, the goal of the program is to increase young students’ passion for physics and STEM topics. Notes Matthew Wright, PhD, associate professor of physics and department chair, “Our department is very diverse, so we hope to show students that anybody can be successful in physics and that seeking higher education in a STEM field can open new opportunities.”

› Learn More About Our Physics Program

Op-ed Highlights Adelphi’s Leadership in Hiring Diverse Faculty
In an effort to reflect the growing diversity of its student body, Adelphi launched an intensive program in 2016 to bring greater diversity to its faculty. Since then, more than 40 percent of newly hired faculty members are people of color. Perry Greene, PhD, Adelphi’s vice president for diversity and inclusion, explained how other universities can achieve similar results in “Actively Seeking Diverse Faculty,” an op-ed in the December 12, 2018, issue of the influential publication Inside Higher Ed. Success, he wrote, requires an active search process involving the adoption of best practices by all hiring committees. It also requires a strong retention program that engages faculty of color and ensures a collaborative work environment. “We want more diverse faculty members, and we want them to stay,” Dr. Greene wrote.

› Read the Story

Adelphi Professors Create Powerful Film on Immigrant Experience
Two faculty members in the communications department teamed up to create the short film Saeed, a drama about a Syrian family that resettles on Long Island but is haunted by memories of war and personal tragedy. Written by Assistant Professor John Drew and directed by Associate Professor Joan Stein-Schimke, the film was partially funded with a faculty development grant Drew received to broaden his film portfolio. Saeed was screened as part of Adelphi’s International Immigration Film Festival, which is part of the University’s International Education Week; it is now being submitted to film festivals worldwide. 

› See More About the Digital Production and Cinema Studies Program

Adelphi’s Diversity Certificate Program Adopted by Second Long Island School District
In 2016, Adelphi introduced an innovative, voluntary Diversity Certificate Program to provide faculty and staff members with training in intercultural awareness. The program has been so successful that it was adopted in 2017 by the Sewanhaka Central High School District. Now it is serving as a model for a second local district, providing training for teachers and administrators in the Roosevelt Union Free School District. The goal of the program at Adelphi as well as these school districts is to create a more positive, inclusive learning environment in which students of all backgrounds can thrive.

› Read about the Diversity Certificate Program

Second Annual Women’s Leadership Conference Draws Double the Attendees
In its first year, Adelphi’s daylong conference for professional development and networking opportunities drew approximately 130 students and alumni. In its second year, more than 250 attended the annual conference on November 3, 2018, to hear from keynote speakers Carol Ammon, MBA ’79, ’10 (Hon.), founder and retired CEO and chair of Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Donna Orender ’07 (Hon.), CEO of Orender Unlimited, founder of Generation W and former president of the Women’s National Basketball Association. With its theme, “Develop Yourself as a Leader,” the conference also included roundtable discussions and workshops on leadership, brand building and other topics.

› Catch Up on Adelphi’s Women’s Leadership Conference

Adelphi Rises Again on the Campus Pride Index
In 2017, Adelphi added a fourth star to its rating from the Campus Pride Index and was named a Premier Campus for its commitment to inclusion of LGBTQ+ students. During Fall 2018, the University added another half star, rising to 4.5 out of 5. In October, Adelphi hosted a Coming Out Panel, a discussion in honor of National Coming Out Day. The panel consisted of four students and was moderated by Jason Spradley, assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement.

› See More About LGBTQ+ Adelphi

Adelphi Celebrates International Education Week
With the growing number of international students at Adelphi, International Education Week has become a major event on campus. The 2018 program included 19 events during a week in November, among them a film festival, panel discussions, presentations and even a Thanksgiving dinner for international students. Dedicated to preparing American students for a global environment and promoting cultural exchange, International Education Week is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

› earn More About International Education Week

Adelphi Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Wins Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Everyone at Adelphi is aware of the impact that Perry Greene, PhD, has on life at the University. Now, word is spreading. For the second time in six months, Dr. Greene has received an award from a community organization, in this case the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award, given by the Nassau County Human Rights Commission to an individual who strives to “build bridges” that lead to greater tolerance, better understanding and multicultural appreciation. Dr. Greene was also awarded an Executive Circle Award by Long Island Business News in May for his leadership and commitment to diversity.

› Learn About Diversity Efforts at Adelphi

Adelphi Supports Diversity With #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships
Joining in a national movement supporting cultural exchange, Adelphi will now offer annual, renewable tuition scholarships of $25,000 to two first-year students from abroad. Scholarship recipients cannot be United States citizens or permanent residents, and they must have attended high school outside the United States and be committed to intercultural learning. The first pair of annual scholarships will be awarded to students entering Adelphi in the fall of 2019. The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign was launched in the fall of 2016 to assure international students that American universities are diverse, safe and committed to student development. More than 100 universities have joined the campaign; Adelphi is one of 57 that are offering the scholarships.

› See More About #YouAreWelcomeHere

Adelphi’s FCPE Leads the Way to Inclusive Learning
Becoming a model of diversity and inclusion means thinking about all types of learners, including students on the autism spectrum. Our Faculty Center for Professional Excellence is doing just that—creating course design that inspires the many students at Adelphi who have learning differences. Our approach to teaching is all about small classes and one-to-one interaction with professors, and although we think that is best for every student, it is an ideal model for students who need specialized supports to succeed. Our new director, Nathalie Zarisfi, is taking this to heart as she steps into the role.

› Read More About Nathalie Zarisfi

Why Adelphi Is Gaining Broad Appeal Among International Students
The personal touch of the Adelphi International (AUI) program makes students choose Adelphi over larger universities. What’s the proof that this personal touch is working? “I am happy to report that our current satisfaction rating is north of 95 percent,” James Boney, PhD, managing director of the program, said. He also pointed out that the Net Promoter Score (NPS)—the likelihood that someone would recommend the program to someone else—is “at the level of companies like Google and Apple.”

› Learn More About AUI’s Success

From Compound to Campus: Supporting Our Military Students
Adelphi provides powerful services for our military students. Now we’re spearheading an initiative to further strengthen this support system. As a Military Friendly School, we exceed the benchmark standards for campus culture and commitment by 81 percent. We also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides significant education benefits to veterans, and we are ranked in the top 100 colleges for veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

› Read About Adelphi’s Support for Military Students and Veterans

Bridges to Adelphi Uses Grants to Help Students on the Autism Spectrum Get Involved and Get Hired
With grants from the Adelphi University Women’s Giving Circle, we are helping students on the Autism spectrum gain experience with volunteering on campus and landing jobs and internships. This ground breaking program helps students learn and experience college life while preparing for meaningful careers in their chosen fields.

› Learn How the Bridges Progam Meets Students’ Needs

Adelphi Shines a Light on Diversity With The Ghostlight Project
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public gathered as part of this national movement to show their compassion and support for people of all backgrounds. Joanna Georghiou, a first-year student, ended the night with a performance of “Stand in the Light” and a ghost light was lit in the entrance of AUPAC, where it will remain lit for the next four years, symbolizing Adelphi’s commitment to inclusion and compassion.

› View Photos From The Ghostlight Project Kickoff

14 New Diversity Certificate Workshops Are Scheduled for Spring 2017
These workshops have long waiting lists due to the immensely warm response to them from faculty, students and staff. Unlike day-long diversity trainings at other campuses, our diversity workshops are six intensive sessions including an experiential final project, led by Adelphi Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Perry Greene, PhD.

› Browse Diversity Certificate Workshops

66 Faculty Search Committee Members to Date Have Taken at Least Two of the Tests in the Harvard Implicit Bias Series
We have revised the Faculty Search Handbook to include additional strategies for diversifying our faculty.

An Expanding Mentoring Program Serves 20 Mentors and 26 Mentees
The Adelphi Mentoring Program was created to help ensure academic success, especially for students of color who may be the first in their families to attend college. LGBTQ+ mentoring is currently under development. The Adelphi Veteran Mentoring Program commenced in Spring 2017, providing academic and other forms of counseling, support services and assistance “by veterans, to veterans.”

› Explore the Mentoring Program