Vision Statement

Russell Sage College embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential components of a rich intellectual and cultural environment in which all members are given the opportunity to reach their full potential as active participants in our local and global society.

We realize that the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion is an evolution that moves us towards our aspirations of a culturally inclusive community. The understanding we gain, as we continually assess our institution, will create informed and intentional transformation.

Russell Sage College is committed to developing policies and programs to create a campus that supports an optimal learning and working environment for all students, alumnae/i, faculty, administrators, and staff.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force at Russell Sage College

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force at Russell Sage College is a newly-convened committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni representing members of the college community. The committee recognizes that its overarching goal is to foster and create a more inclusive and supportive climate across the college. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects the context in which Russell Sage College operates. The Task Force acknowledges that to fulfill its vision, it must understand and embrace the full diversity of the communities it serves and respond to the societal realities that affect us all.

The Task Force will…

foster a supportive climate for diversity across the college

assess Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives that are currently in place.

undertake a campus climate project that will include a DEI climate assessment and will develop a timeline for implementation.

create a DEI Strategic Plan which will be a blueprint to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and create a transformative, innovative, and inclusive institution.

be diligent in creating programming for the campus community which will include promoting a safe and positive climate that is accepting, respectful, and welcoming for constituents of all identities.

implement a two-way communications plan that will keep campus constituencies informed about the work and charge of the task force and keep the task force informed about the campus climate, especially with respect to issues related to students.

develop comprehensive strategies for attracting and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff members.

establish an inclusive learning and work environment through effective policies and practices and curriculum and pedagogical approaches.

Task Force 21-22 Members

Barbara Cockfield
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Sam Blanco
Assistant Professor, Center for Applied Behavior Analysis

Jennifer Bryan *
First Year, Nursing

Nassira Cisse *
First Year, Sociology

Nicole Collazo
Alumna 22

Grace Giancola
Director, Residence Life

Kathleen Giarratano
Alumna, R’17, G’19

Doug Gruse
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

Dr. Veneilya Harden
Alumna G’15
Stacie Kutz
Associate Professor, Biology

Erica Li
Assistant Athletic Director/Head Softball Coach

Geoffrey Miller
Director of Corporate, Government & Foundation Relations

Gayle Morse
Professor, Psychology

Rebecca Palmer
Unit Manager, Student Success

Vincent Pruchnick
Alumna 22

Leah Rico
Assistant Professor, Graphic & Media Design

Fabrice Toussaint *
Third Year, Art & Extended Media

Gabrielle Vaisey
Assistant Director of Student Activities
* undergraduate student

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Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion