Progress Report: Student Experience and Programs: Student Life

Executive Leadership: Vice President for Student Life

Published November 9, 2022




Commit Investments to support at scale programs across the campus.


Increased Intercultural and Diversity Center programming budget by over 70% for 2022-2023 academic year

Starting Fall 2021: $40,000 allocated for mandatory Fall diversity speaker and Spring Semester Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI) [January 2022)

Increase resources and funding to offices and initiatives that promote student diversity programs and services representative of a SUNY flagship and comparable to other AAU institutions.


increased Intercultural and Diversity Center resources by 35% for 2022-2023 academic year

IDC Funding/Resources: 2019-2022

OTPS: Average: $64,723; Total Salaries: $332,173-$358,022

IDC Funding/Resources: 2022-2023

OTPS: $110,420 (+$10, 000 donor gift); Total Salaries: $461,039

2022-2023: added additional full-time staff member (Assistant Director) to enhance and increase programs and services in Intercultural and Diversity Center.

Institutionalize annual celebrations of our diverse community in an ongoing manner such as awards, events, festivals, heritage months, etc.


Intercultural and Diversity Center Monthly Student Celebrations: Latinx, Black, Indigenous, AAPI, History Months; Annual Celebrations: Lavender Ceremony [16 years]; ALANA Celebration of Achievement [26 years]; continuously monitor UB culture to identify additional opportunities to celebrate diversity

Organize and involve a broad spectrum of students in identifying needs and envisioning future diversity and social justice initiatives.


Use SL paraprofessionals (Diversity Advocates, RAs, Engagement Ambassadors, OLs, etc.) as feedback resources; meet once a semester with relevant SA Cultural Club Eboard members; consult with Dean of Students’ Advisory Committee; maintain ongoing communication with UB Council Student Representative (Currently A.J. Franklin)

Better coordinate, promote and increase programs designed to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for current UB students in order to improve retention and graduation rates.



Multicultural Leadership Institute [Jan 2022, Jan 2023] (IDC, Career Design Center, Campus Living, Student Support Services) Summer 2022 Wellness Programming (IDC, Counseling Services) Fall FOCUS event [August 2022] (IDC and Residential Life); “Bulls Like Me” Identity Group Discussions [Fall 2021, Fall 2022] (IDC, OTPP); IDC Welcome Back BBQ [Aug 2022] (848 attendees);

Upcoming Fall 2022 IDC Collaborations: “Tough Topic: Surviving and Thriving: Prioritizing Mental Health” (Counseling Services); “Friends With Out Borders” (Counseling Services); Spoken Word/Open Mic Event (CSTEP); Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker, Javier Avila (Inclusive Excellence); Solicit feedback from UB students about types of programs and services necessary for success; Collaborate further with Student Life Marketing and Communications for promotion of events, activities, services, and resources.