Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The Graduate Center - Office of the President

September 12, 2018
To:       Graduate Center Campus Community
From:   President Chase F. Robinson
Re:       Reaffirmation of Commitment to Diversity/Equal
            Opportunity/Affirmative Action
The City University of New York (CUNY) and The Graduate Center is dedicated to maintaining an inclusive work and learning environment.  I write to reaffirm that principle and my own belief in affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity.
I redouble my commitment in accordance with the recent statement made by Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz:


I call on all of us to take responsibility for creating the conditions that support civility and mutual respect for diversity of thought and opinion, and that promote inclusion and equity. As educators, we believe that diversity enhances the learning experience. As members of this vibrant community, we must leverage our diversity to promote understanding and cultural competence. We do this not just to help us all get along better, but importantly also to build in each of us the capacity to thrive and lead in a pluralistic society.

Please know that we are very attentive to the learning climate at The Graduate Center and firmly believe that learning can only prosper in an environment where ideas and opinions are respectfully exchanged.
In this context, I affirm The Graduate Center’s compliance with the CUNY Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct. The Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy sets forth CUNY’s resolution to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, unemployment status, pregnancy, or status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state and city laws. I remind you that our Italian American staff are included among CUNY’s protected groups.  Additionally, as a federal contractor, CUNY engages in affirmative action consistent with federal requirements. I invite you to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including the complaint procedures and prohibition against retaliation at:
The following administrators are responsible for implementing the Graduate Center’s Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program:
Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Edith Rivera (Room 7301, 212-817-7410)
504/ADA Coordinator, Vice President for Student Affairs
Matthew Schoengood Room, 7301, 212-817-7400
Executive Director of Human Resources
David Boxill, Room 8403; 212-817-7700
In addition, Professor Martin R. Gitterman, Ombudsman Officer, offers a neutral place for all students and employees to discuss formal or informal approaches to employment or academic matters in strict confidence. His contact number is 212-817-7191. 
Members of our campus community who become aware of allegations of discrimination or retaliation should encourage the aggrieved individual to report the alleged behavior. I ask for your continued support to ensure the continuation of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion practices at the Graduate Center.

Submitted on: SEP 12, 2018

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