Diversity & 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.
The Diversity Committee (DC) 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%)|
In Spring 2006, Utica College's Diversity Committee proposed a three-phase planning initiative.
Phase I: Collection of information
The UC community participated in a series of dialogues, meetings, and round table discussions with student groups, faculty, and staff. The UC community was invited to dialogue related to diversity and the issues surrounding what a Utica College statement on diversity might look like and what strategic planning we might do to support and sustain diversity on campus. In other words: What are the issues related to diversity on campus, and how do we define diversity as a UC community?
Phase II: Writing the statement and action goal planning
During this planning phase, the committee commenced the writing of a formal document that articulated a diversity/multicultural statement and includes perceived areas for action, proposed goals for the Utica College community in general and the Diversity Committee in particular, and strategies for achieving these action items and goals.
Phase III: UC Diversity Plan is written and action goals begin to be implemented
The Initiative Plan is currently being implemented.
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.
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
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
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