The Coronavirus has impacted countless individuals from diverse populations. We uplift and remember these individuals who have given their lives and those who have defied the odds. We also recognize the array of healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. The Hall of Languages, pictured above, is lit in blue as a way to recognize and honor people serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Keith Alford speaking with students.

At Syracuse University, our credence in the dignity and worth of humankind is paramount. This belief is consistent with our commitment to ensuring a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible campus environment for all. Positive coexistence happens when each person feels deeply welcomed and appreciated. We value diverse identities. Cultural perspectives and worldviews matter to us. Difference should never mean devaluation nor should it result in discrimination. It is our premise that diversity and inclusion enhance who we are as students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

We champion inclusivity and view it as a dimension of excellence. Forever building on our strengths, we will remain vigilant and steadfast in our introspective efforts, individually and collectively. The lived experiences of every member of Syracuse University shall be respected and embraced. Our commonalities will connect us as we constructively work through challenges that confront us. Likewise, our collaboration, cooperation, and camaraderie will help us as advocates for social justice in the multiple spheres we navigate. Thank you for your attention as I invite you on this SU journey.


Keith A. Alford, PhD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer