Community members across our campus have organized around goals and initiatives which aim to advance the cause of diversity at Adelphi. The following are a small sample of the wide range of activities which occur every year on Adelphi’s campus.
Among the numerous organizations available to Adelphi students, diversity organizations are some of the most popular. There are currently more than two dozen diversity-focused organizations available to interested students, centered around issues of culture and ethnicity, faith, advocacy and social action. Culturally-based fraternities, sororities and social fellowships are also available.
The Collaboration Project is an annual initiative which works toward fostering an inclusive, representative and reflective community concerned with raising awareness and cultivating mutual understanding about issues of justice and equality for all. The goal of the project is to build community and foster multi- and inter-generational understanding among faculty, students, staff, administrators and the community at-large and student leadership development in social justice related efforts.
Selection of the project’s annual theme is guided by the principles of inclusion, education, engagement, reflection, celebration, and collaboration. Past themes have focused on women’s leadership in global peace and justice, food inequality, gendered violence and racial justice.
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Adelphi Community Reads brings all members of the Adelphi campus community together in shared reading as well as book discussions and activities. This initiative is guided by the AU Collaboration Project, and the annual book selection is often aligned with the theme of the Project.
The Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including the annual African American Read-In, the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture and the James Baldwin Lecture on Literary and Social Criticism series, documentary screenings, performances, art exhibits and much more. The center builds on more than four decades of interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and cultural programming to provide an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on exploring the historic, cultural, socioeconomic and political dimensions of people of African descent.
The center also supports community engagement initiatives and cosponsors lectures and social justice public programs and events with the Collaboration Project, Conversations on Race, the Racial Justice Alliance, Black Students Union, the NAACP, and varied restorative justice initiatives like Black Lives Matter.
The Racial Justice Alliance has formed as a coalition of groups at Adelphi engaged in short and long-term projects focused on a vision for racial justice. The Alliance serves as a vehicle for coordination of initiatives, communication, and strategic planning. The Alliance seeks to consolidate work currently being engaged by bringing groups together and encouraging collaboration across programs, departments, committees, student organizations and schools.
We see the work of the Alliance as a means for fostering synergy in the efforts toward the critical goal of racial justice. The Alliance is not a new organization nor a clearinghouse – it is a coalition of interested groups on campus. Individuals will join those groups to become part of the project, groups will participate in the Alliance with designated representatives.
We will strive for the greatest impact with the highest degree of efficiency so that resources can be most effectively used toward raising awareness and creating a racially just environment and structure within all aspects of the University community over time.
Conversations on Race (CoR) is an interracial group of concerned faculty, students, staff and administrators who chose to begin a dialogue about various institutional, interpersonal and internalized manifestations of racism within and beyond the walls of Adelphi University.
CoR was co-founded in the Fall 2011 by two professors in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. Both professors identify as White, and both were concerned about alternative realities that mapped out along the racial/ethnic lines. Sensing the need for fact-gathering dialogues, which soon became dialogues to build awareness and plan for institutional change, they held their first meeting in December 2011 in the School of Education, open to all but primarily attended by faculty and staff of color. Since Spring 2013; the group has been regularly planning open campus-wide dialogues which have been well-attended by students, faculty, staff and administrators. In round-table and town hall formats, the group members have maintained these necessary dialogues and collected information, which is continuously shared with relevant units, individuals and constituencies. CoR continuously supports various initiatives toward racial justice promoted by other on-campus groups and organizations.
CoR is not a mandated standing or ad hoc committee but rather a grass-roots initiative. seeking to explore issues relevant to racial justice and to contribute to building the kind of community that is diverse both in word and deed and is equally welcoming to all, with respect and accountability to their racial or ethnic backgrounds as well as to their individual selves. CoR has an established relationship with the University Diversity Committee and is represented in the Racial Justice Alliance on Adelphi University campus.
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On January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., the Adelphi community came together at the AUPAC to create a light for dark times ahead, joining other gatherings occurring in each time zone across the country.
This light will shine for four years to affirm Adelphi University’s pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.