Inclusive Excellence Resources

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There are many departments and offices at UB that provide resources, services, events and support related to equity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. Here are some of our campus partners working to enhance inclusive excellence across campus.

Important Resources During COVID-19 Period

Teach Anywhere

Visit this webpage for help navigating the comprehensive resources that UB has to help to ensure your success in teaching anywhere, whether you are looking to get started with online teaching, or you require advanced resources to enhance existing courses.

Wellness Coaching Appointments

Via phone or web conferencing platform, Wellness Coaching empowers students to achieve their goals related to personal, emotional, social and academic success. To learn more or make an appointment, visit the Wellness Coaching webpage sponsored by UB Health Promotion.

Preparing Student Devices for Distance Learning

As you prepare to transition to distance education for the rest of the spring 2020 semester, UBIT wants to make you aware of available technology resources, including free software and Internet access, and recommendations to help navigate this change.  Click here for more information.

Temporary Wi-Fi Hot Spots Available

If you are struggling with coursework because of a poor internet connection, UB is now offering free, temporary wireless hotspot on a first come, first serve basis. A wireless hotspot is a small, mobile device that produces a Wi-Fi signal to connect your devices to the Internet. These hotspots must be returned by June 17, 2020. Complete this form to submit a request.

Promoting Equity and Inclusion during COVID-19

UB's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has put together a list of resources to help with concerns such as harassment, discrimination and accommodation during COVID-19.  Click here for more information.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is limiting in-person contact, while still providing support for students.  Visit their COVID-19 Updates page for more information, including tips for managing anxiety during this time.

Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS)

In accordance with UB’s transition to distance learning for the remainder of the spring semester, Tutoring and Academic Support Services will be offering tutoring appointments online.  Online tutoring appointment will take place through Zoom.  Visit the TASS webpage for more information.

Blue Table: UB's Virtual Food Pantry

Through a partnership with the Student Association, UB offers Blue Table, a virtual food pantry service for UB students who do not have access to food.  Orders are still being accepted during the COVID-19 period, and can be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in 235 Student Union.  For more information, visit Student Life's Food Support Webpage.

Student Conduct and Advocacy

If you are experiencing a hardship due to these unexpected changes, contact Student Conduct and Advocacy for support resources.

Unit Level COVID-19 Resources

Visit this webpage for an up-to-date listing of COVID-19 information specific to academic and administrative departments.

Virtual Workouts

UB's Recreation office is posting online exercise classes weekdays for the duration of the spring semester. Classes will vary between meditation, yoga, pilates, HITT, Cardio Kick and low-impact options. Follow UB Rec on social media to view their latest workouts:

Virtual Stress Relief

Sponsored by the UB Libraries, visit this webpage to access stress-relieving activities and resources.

Network for Enriched Academic Relationships (NEAR)

A transdisciplinary online mentoring directory for graduate students to find faculty mentors and allies beyond their substantive research areas to receive guidance and support around topics and issues of importance, including, but not limited to:

  • Minority status experiences.
  • Personal life circumstances.
  • Questions about academia and academic culture.

Click here for more information.

SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY

Accessibility at UB

Coordinates services and accommodations to ensure the accessibility and usability of all UB programs, services, and activities by people with disabilities.

Blue Table: Virtual Food Pantry

Through a partnership with the Student Association, UB offers Blue Table, a virtual food pantry service for UB students who do not have access to food.  Any enrolled UB student is welcome to utilize the service and all that is needed is a valid UB student ID.  

Counseling Services

Promotes the personal well-being and academic success of students by providing brief mental health services, educational programs, crisis intervention, and campus community consultation.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Consultants can offer guidance and support to faculty/staff to assist with concerns and stress at work or at home.  Other offerings include support groups, trainings, workshops, and mediation services.

Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Provides assistance in UB’s goal to promote diversity, inclusion and equity campus wide. UB's compliance office, EDI oversees policies governing discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, religious accommodation, child protection and recruitment; ensures that issues of harassment, discrimination and accommodation are addressed in a timely and effective manner; and hosts proactive activities related to diversity and inclusion.

Health Promotion

Part of Student Life, Health Promotion provides assistance that includes rape and sexual assault prevention and support and LGBTQ wellness.

International Student Services

Provides assistance, information and support to international students.

Student Conduct and Advocacy

Helps maintain a safe campus, and provides support resources to UB students.

UB Veteran Services

Provides support for student veterans (and their dependents) to make the transition to college and be successful at UB, including help with benefits and administrative issues, and a space for veterans to relax with their “brothers and sisters.”  

EthicsPoint Hotline

A safe and confidential reporting channel for UB faculty, staff and students to report or inquire about potential breaches of university policies or procedures or to seek guidance on how to manage suspected misconduct.

LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association

Contributes to and supports a welcoming and inclusive university community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer faculty and staff through education, networking and advocacy

Minority Faculty and Staff Association

Enhances the quality of life and campus climate by promoting participation and inclusion of all people of color in the workforce at the university.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING SUPPORT

Center for Disability Studies

Seeks to promote and be a forum for academic research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences and to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into the community.

Center for Diversity Innovation (CDI)

The CDI integrates the capabilities of the faculty, staff and students across UB to conduct and translate empirical, social scientific research on diversity, equity and inclusion, and develop and diffuse evidence-based best practices through trainings, educational programs and consulting services.

CIRTL@UB

The University at Buffalo is advancing teaching practices and expanding professional development opportunities for future faculty through membership in the CIRTL Network. The goal of CIRTL@UB is to prepare future faculty, and contribute to a network of education professionals dedicated to advancing excellence and innovation in teaching. CIRTL@UB is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UB.

Gender Institute

Promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality.

IDeA Center: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access

Dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population.

Joining Forces - UB

A unique partnership of the schools of social work and nursing, Joining Forces supports military-related research and provides excellence in education and training for UB students and health care providers serving veterans and military families in our region.

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT AND SUPPORT

Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM)

BEAM is a cooperative educational enrichment program that prepares inner city, minority, female and other under-represented students for careers in science, engineering, and technology.

Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB)

CLIMB Program is devoted to helping students and junior scientists develop into leaders in the sciences.

Cora P. Maloney Center (CPMC)

Facilitates academic excellence, access, equity, and achievement for a diverse student population through a variety of programs, advising and student support, collaborative learning workshops, mentoring to prepare for graduate studies and professional schools, summer bridge programs, and scholarships.

Discover Law Scholars Program

An immersive, summer residency program for underrepresented minority or first generation undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in law.

Diversity Learning Courses at UB

A list of Diversity Learning courses from the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

A program that develops student talents, promotes the professional growth of PhD students, and enhances intellectual and cultural diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Institute for Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED)

Institute for Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED) promotes a culturally and academically inclusive community of students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.

Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC)

Educates students through programs and events that increase their understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of diversity and the advantages of being at the University at Buffalo, a diverse institution. IDC offers students various opportunities to engage in dialogue, celebrate differences and commonalities, and promote awareness about diversity and how it affects their beliefs, perceptions, and the global society.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The State University of New York (SUNY) LSAMP program at UB seeks to diversify the STEM workforce by significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program provides both support and enrichment activities for students majoring in, or intending to major in specific STEM disciplines.

Network for Enriched Academic Relationships (NEAR)

A transdisciplinary online mentoring directory for graduate students to find faculty mentors and allies beyond their substantive research areas to receive guidance and support around topics and issues of importance, including, but not limited to:

  • Minority status experiences.
  • Personal life circumstances.
  • Questions about academia and academic culture.

Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS)

Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS) helps undergraduate students raise the bar on their classroom performance by providing resources that open doors to academic success. When you work with their tutors, you’ll find new ways to approach your studies and gain strategies to overcome the rigors of college-level work. These services are free to all undergraduate students.  Their webpage also lists additional tutoring resources at UB.