Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Utica College is proud of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, providing a unique opportunity for students to learn and grow in an environment welcoming to a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Through a diverse college community, students can feel free to express themselves and their thoughts while gaining valuable exposure to different perspectives and ideas in positive ways.
How we define Diversity
Our community of students, faculty and staff reflect a diversity of experiences, opinions, and cultural backgrounds shaped by biology, society, history, and choice. Our community includes members who are diverse by virtue of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religious and/or spiritual affiliations, and socio-economic status, as well as the number of other ways in which who we are influences how we see the world.
Furthermore, we value and celebrate diversity, and this results in a commitment to multiculturalism. We believe that within the community of human persons, all cultures, perspectives, and beliefs about faith, ideals, taste and lifestyles are of equal value. Our diversity deepens our commitment to nurture a multicultural environment in which we engage with others and blend perspectives, to learn about diverse cultures, to explore who we are and where we come from and to accept one another without prejudice.
The Utica College Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in perspective, background, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.
Utica College's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with the DEI Collaborative and numerous student groups, offer the community numerous opportunities to engage, to discuss, and connect on important issues.
A guide curating items from the Utica College Library's collection about race and the Black experience in the United States. It serves only as an introduction to these issues, and is not an exhaustive resource.
The DEI Collaborative is engaged in ongoing work that increases the awareness and appreciation of diversity on campus and in society at large. Through the implementation of programs, activities, and events, we endeavor to build a sense of unity within and across cultures. Learn more about the committee by visiting their web site:
Race/Ethnicity - Undergraduate Students, Main Campus
|Race/Ethnicity||Total Student Population|
|Black Non-Hispanic||273 (12.5%)|
|White Non-Hispanic||1424 (65.0%)|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||14 (.6%)|
|Pacific Islander||2 (.09%)|
|Multiple Races||71 (3.2%)|
Gender - Undergraduate Students, Main Campus
|Gender||Total Student Population|
Race/Ethnicity - Faculty & Staff
|Black Non Hispanic||12 (2.8%)|
|White Non Hispanic||388 (91.3%)|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||2 (.5%)|
|Pacific Islander||0 (0%)|
|Multiple Races||4 (.9%)|
The goal of the SafeZone program at Utica College is to increase our campus community’s knowledge, understanding, and awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues. This program aims to enhance our campus's sense of community while providing information and resources to individuals in order for them to create their own SafeZone, in which they can provide a supportive and welcoming environment to others. The ultimate goal of this program is to create a supportive and safe UC environment for all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
Individuals can become SafeZone certified by attending an upcoming SafeZone Certification Training Programs. The 2-hour training gives participants the knowledge, resources, and skills to enable them to create their own safe space. This safe space can be in an office, in a residence hall room, or anywhere they have a quiet, safe, and welcoming environment. These events are open to all members of the UC Community but are limited to 30 participants per event, so early sign up is encouraged.
Interested in hosting a SafeZone Certification event for your department, organization, or group? Please contact the SafeZone Trainer Committee at SafeZone@utica.edu to set up a training session.
The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) has been established as part of Utica College’s commitment to fostering an inclusive campus climate and supporting members of our community when bias-related incidents or hate crimes occur.
When a bias-related incident or potential hate crime is reported, the BRRN coordinates responses to individuals and/or communities who have been affected by bias-related behaviors and potential hate crimes. The BRRN will be responsible for receiving reports of bias-related incidents, reaching out to the person filing the report and others as needed and formulating an appropriate response to impacted parties. If necessary, the BRRN will also refer make a referral to the appropriate investigatory person, team, or office. The BRRN provides support resources to impacted parties, promotes education and dialogue, and affirms the College’s commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom.
Utica College constantly strives to fulfill its mission of creating a community of learners on campus and beyond. By partnering with local school districts and businesses, the College has launched several programs to promote scholarship.
Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program
The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) is a multi-year program designed to motivate young students to stay in school, to earn a New York State Regents diploma, and to further their education beyond high school. During the academic year, close to 80 Utica College students tutor inner city youths each week. More than 200 young scholars study math, science and English language arts during the summer.
Launched in 1993 by the College and the Utica City School District, the program is funded by the Liberty Partnerships Program of the New York State Education Department, the Utica City School District, and Utica College with grants from additional sources.
Project SHINE is a national service-learning initiative currently existing at 19 colleges and universities in nine cities across the U.S. It links college students with refugees and immigrants seeking to learn English and navigate the complex path to U.S. citizenship. Utica College and Hamilton College partner with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR), the BOCES Utica Access Site, Matt Apartments and the Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA) to deliver Project SHINE services in central New York. Students participate as coaches in ESL (English as a Second Language) classrooms for two hours each week, working one on one or in small groups with the immigrants and refugees.
SHINE gives students the opportunity to interact with the large refugee community in Utica, which is approximately 15% of the city's total population.
America Reads Challenge/America Counts
Administered through the Utica College Office of Student Employment, the America Reads Challenge and America Counts places Federal Work Study, major-related, and volunteer students in area elementary and junior high schools to help enhance skills in reading and math. Volunteers work up to 10 hours a week and learn valuable lessons helping others succeed.
Breakfast Reading Club Program
Founded by Utica College Associate Professor of Education Laura Dorow in 1995, the program is part of the Utica College-Kernan Elementary School Partnership. This program includes site-based courses, fieldwork and volunteering opportunities, and Utica College student teaching placements. Kernan School, an inner city elementary school in the Utica City School District, serves a large percentage of minority, low income, and English as a second language learners.
Eugene Paul Nassar Ethnic Heritage Studies Center
Courses, seminars and publications in ethnic studies especially on those populations residing in central New York are coordinated by the Ethnic Heritage Studies Center. Founded in 1981, the center also oversees the development of the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library book collection in ethnic studies. It also has coordinated ethnic festivals honoring the larger ethnic populations in the Utica area with the Friends of the Library.
Center For Historical Research
Established during the spring semester 2000 the center, operated by the College's history department, provides resources and assistance to Utica College students, faculty, and members of the community in designing and implementing local and global history projects. The main objective of the center is to help students who are working on "The History Project," an annual publication on local history. For more information, contact John Swanson, (315) 792-3242.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
Members of Utica College's Accounting Society volunteer each spring semester to conduct the VITA program in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. The VITA program enables students to get hands-on experience in the preparation of income tax returns, while providing a valuable service to the community.
Readings on Race and the Black Experience in the United States
Curated items from the Utica College Library's collection about race and the Black experience in the United States. Though not an exhaustive resource, this collection serves as an introduction to these issues.Learn More
Pride and Power
The Black Student Union Celebrates 50 Years at Utica College.READ MORE
A Meaningful Mile
On August 30, more than 500 members of the Utica College community came together for the first annual Unity Walk, a celebration of diversity and community on campus.READ MORE
Voices for Change
As part of UC’s two-weeklong celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2017, Ronald Spratling ’71, Janice Miles ’74, and Oliver Perry ’74, returned to campus—some for the first time since graduation—to reflect on one of the most pivotal eras in UC history.READ MORE
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Utica College
Utica College Joins National Coalition of Liberal Arts Institutions to Examine Race, Equity on Campus
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