Dear Members of the SLU Community:
I would like to reaffirm the School of Labor and Urban Studies’ (SLU) longstanding commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects. I, along with SLU’s Associate Deans, recognize the benefits of fostering workplace diversity. There is no doubt that individuals from diverse backgrounds offer a wide variety of skills and experiences that create an effective and efficient workforce. SLU continues to remain dedicated to fostering inclusivity so that all employees feel valued in their workplace.
Along with The City University of New York (CUNY), SLU has implemented policies and practices to foster non-discrimination, affirmative action, diversity, and inclusion. Our community at SLU is enriched by the numerous perspectives represented here. Accordingly, I am committed to SLU’s compliance with CUNY’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination, as well as CUNY’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
The Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy states CUNY’s commitment to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees, and to admit and provide services for students, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state, and city laws. Additionally, as a federal contractor, CUNY engages in affirmative action for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans consistent with federal requirements for employees. Italian Americans are also included among CUNY’s protected groups. I invite you to view the Equal Opportunity Policy in its entirety, including complaint procedures and the prohibition against retaliation.
SLU’s executive and administrative officers are responsible for cultivating a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and for promoting diversity and inclusion in their respective units. Responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of our compliance program has been assigned to our Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Gladys Schrynemakers, who also serves as SLU’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Title IX Coordinator. I encourage all managers to contact her to discuss tactics for promoting diversity and inclusion that would advance their unit’s strategic goals. In addition, any individual who believes that he/she/they have experienced employment discrimination is encouraged to contact Dr. Schrynemakers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and inclusion in all employment practices at SLU.