July 13, 2020
A message from the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Dear Campus Community,
Being dedicated to enriching the lives of people through Binghamton University’s core values of unity, identity and excellence, we recognize the strength and richness of the diversity among our campus community. The commitment to creating an inclusive campus where everyone feels a sense of belonging and each person’s contributions is valued, is one that is continuous and must be reaffirmed daily.
As our world has become more diverse and complex so, too, have our campuses and the needs and expectations of our students, faculty and staff. As a premier public institution, we acknowledge diversity is more than checking a box. It is the very essence of who we are. Regardless of identity or intersectionality of identities, people deserve to be treated with attention, respect, integrity, and compassion. It is the collection of our diversity that gives us both the brilliance and strength of a diamond; we are not only at our best when we are diverse, we are more creative, and more innovative. Our demonstrated commitment to diversity is what makes us uniquely us ─ a place where diversity, inclusion, equity, a shared sense of belonging and a collective understanding of the value of each of us must become intrinsic to who we are and what we do.
It is well understood that the road to creating a truly inclusive and welcoming community is long and arduous, but together we can reach this goal with determination, growth and by celebrating each milestone achieved. The time for us to lead is now; following is not an option.
I look forward to forging new partnerships as we work together to create a community where we each take responsibility to contribute to one another’s success.
Karen A. Jones, PhD
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
May 20, 2020
Special Message from DEI staff regarding the passing of Dominic Davy
The cultural community mourns the tremendous loss of Dominic Davy, a doctoral student in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) and adjunct lecturer at Binghamton University.
Dom was an amazing young man with a vibrant energy that was palpable. He was an alum of our Educational Opportunity Program and advisor to several of our cultural student organizations on campus. He impacted so many and his spirit will live on in all of us. Our sincere condolences go out to Dom’s children, his family and the scores of colleagues, friends, alumni and community partners that have come to love and admire him.
An open space for Binghamton students, faculty and staff to process his loss was held Thursday, May 21, via Zoom at bit.ly/rememberingdom. Additionally, a celebration of his life will be planned for a later date.
For those in need of counseling services, the University Counseling Center (UCC), along with the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team, can offer support.
To reach someone after hours or for emergencies, students should call 911 or the UCC
after-hours counselor by calling 607-777-2772 and selecting #2.
During business hours, students who would like to speak to someone should reach out to the UCC by calling 607-777-2772 or the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team by calling 607-777-2804.
Faculty and staff seeking assistance should contact the Employee Assistance Program at 607-777-6655 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. An off-campus coordinator can be reached after hours by calling the 24-hour EAP call line at 1-800-822-0244.
The Binghamton University Interfaith Council is also available to students, faculty and staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see the Binghamton University Pipe Dream article reflecting on Dom’s passing.