Becoming a more inclusive University community

Binghamton University’s strength lies in its people. We are proud that our students, faculty, staff and administrators represent a great variety of cultures, backgrounds and ideas. Our members contribute to the creation of an open, supportive campus environment with high levels of intellectual and creative energy. Building on our strengths, Binghamton aspires to become more than a multicultural institution; it strives to be a genuine inclusive community, one where those with differing backgrounds and allegiances feel themselves to be valued and learn from one another, and one where civility, respect and reasoned debate prevail.

Binghamton's Pledge

  • Binghamton recognizes that the full realization of an inclusive community is challenging.
  • The University recognizes it cannot achieve the ideal inclusive community by itself — that goal must be nurtured in each of us, in word and in deed.
  • In striving toward this goal, we must face honestly the difficulties we encounter, and we must be willing to discuss widely both our successful efforts and those that fall short of the mark.
  • To keep our aspirations constantly before us, Binghamton pledges to represent itself to our own community and to the world in ways that bespeak our identity as a richly diverse and inclusive public University.
  • On behalf of the entire University community, it further pledges to achieve the goal of being an inclusive community within a framework of academic freedom and respect.

Individual and group responsibility

As a community, Binghamton University students, faculty, staff and administrators share responsibility, individually and collectively, for achieving the goals of inclusiveness. In our multiple roles, each of us is responsible for encouraging comfort and openness among all members of the University, and wherever possible, ensuring that events of all types (academic, social, cultural, athletic, etc.) are designed to attract and include all people, whatever their race, class, religion, gender, disability status, ethnic background or sexual orientation.