Message from Keith A. Alford, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dear Alumni,

While the University has been communicating with all of our alumni, I wanted you to hear directly from me. I’m Keith Alford, Syracuse University’s first chief diversity and inclusion Officer.

Suffice it to say, this has been a very difficult time.

I am outraged by the reprehensible acts of hate that have occurred. I know you join me in denouncing these heinous acts. My focus of late has been on our students, faculty and staff and providing direct and personalized care and support to those most deeply impacted. Now that our students are on break, I am using this moment to reach out to alumni of color directly.

The advocacy by our students has been elevated—calling for a better Syracuse University.  Our students remain priority number one. We have met with several student groups and engaged in thoughtful dialogue. I am grateful for this progress. Change must happen in a sustainable way going forward. This is an effort that takes perseverance and determination, and the commitment of everyone in our campus community.

Many of our alumni of color have reached out to me to share their deep concern and to ask how they can help. As we work to fulfill commitments made to students, I’d like to hear more of your voices. Please do not hesitate to reach out at diversity@syr.edu with your thoughts, recommendations and general input. As we build on our strengths, we will remain attentive and steadfast in our introspective efforts, individually and collectively, to address where we need to go.

Let’s do our best to come together as we continue to ensure the worth and dignity of everyone who is a part of our beloved university. Thank you for your support. Your wisdom and insights are always appreciated.

In solidarity,

Keith A. Alford, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Syracuse University