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March 25, 2017

UUP salutes creation of SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute

United University Professions, America’s largest higher education union, strongly supports the creation of the State University of New York Hispanic Leadership Institute.

“Clearly, the governor has made public higher education a priority this year with his Excelsior Scholarship, and now with the launch of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute,” said UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D. “This is a solid move in the right direction.”

Kowal lauded the governor, SUNY Board of Trustees Chair H. Carl McCall, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos Medina, and Assembly member Marcos Crespo for advancing the program, which will push the university closer to its goal to becoming the nation’s most inclusive public higher education system.

The institute, announced by the governor March 25, will bring highly qualified, energetic candidates to positions at SUNY’s highest levels. The initiative will be effective in creating more diversity in SUNY, one of UUP's long-term goals. The union has worked with SUNY to accomplish that goal and is eager to continue that work.

“UUP has always pushed to increase diversity in SUNY, and this program will attract and empower Hispanic and Latino leaders, who will have a golden opportunity to contribute and truly make a difference. UUP will do all it can to make the institute a success.”

Hispanic and Latino students will benefit by having faculty from similar backgrounds in leadership roles. According to SUNY figures, Hispanic and Latino students accounted for 12 percent of the university’s student population in the 2015-16 school year.

Campus leaders and faculty should mirror the campus community, and the institute will help make this reality, Kowal said.

The institute will recruit and train Latino and Hispanic leaders for executive positions in SUNY, including university president, provost, and chief financial officer. Trainees will take part in development programs to advance to those positions.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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