Priority 2: Increasing access and success for under-represented and marginalized populations.

Supporting under-represented and marginalized populations

Increasing access and success for under-represented and marginalized students in college is an important issue, as it can help to promote social mobility, while also reducing disparities in opportunity and achieving outcomes. By implementing the following strategies, RSC will help to support access and success for under-represented and marginalized populations.

Social Campaigns

Social and digital media campaigns can be an effective way to highlight and celebrate communities of color. For Black Heritage Month, RSC featured its Black students, faculty and staff who demonstrate excellence all year long through a series of social media posts and on its digital e-boards. Next year, each heritage month celebration will feature members of the RSC community.

  • 23% of all RSC Instagram followers reached and an average of 7% engaged.
  • 8% of all RSC Facebook audience reached with an average of 2.8% reaction rate.

Hosting events on campus that center DEI

Hosting events on campus that center DEI as a way to connect with peers and learn is part of the experiential learning process RSC students receive. Through the celebration of heritage months, Sage demonstrates its commitment to learning about and honoring the diverse cultural backgrounds and identities of each other. Heritage months are dedicated to recognizing the contributions and achievements of various ethnic, racial, and cultural groups.

The Pride Center of the Capital Region provided an interactive workshop for student leaders on allyship.

We believe that student leaders have the power to make positive change by creating inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

States, like Florida, Texas, Ohio, etc., have been introducing legislation, like “Don’t Say Gay’’ bills, that target the LGBTQIA+ community as a scapegoat to avoid the real problems facing real people. The Ernest O. Reaugh Advised Fund for LGBTQIA+ Advocacy, managed by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, provides funding for projects and programs that advocate for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a recipient of this award, RSC’s student group, The Queer Collective, participated in a series of educational activities, facilitated by the Pride Center of the Capital Region, that helped students discover, focus, and use their advocacy to make change.

About Queer Collective

The Queer Collective (QC) is a student-run organization that creates a safe space for individuals who identify or are allied with the LGBTQIA+ community. Safe spaces are necessary for marginalized communities, especially for those who are fighting oppression on multiple fronts.

An aspect of the QC is that it makes time for members to get together and talk about their experiences, ask for guidance, and/or process current world problems then mobilize to address the many issues plaguing our community.


Young LatinX Leaders in Politics A new wave of young Hispanics who are eager to represent their communities in the political arena is emerging and that is why we invited Albany Common Council person Gabriella A. Romero to come speak about working as an elected official and share her current work fueled by her motivations to serve the public.

What does LatinX Mean?

Many have wondered and even debated the terminology used both for the name of Hispanic Heritage Month and of the over 62 million people in the United States that racially and/or ethnically identify as a member of the community. Schenectady Community Ministry Executive Director Amaury Tañón-Santos, D-Min, joined RSC201 Exploring Intercultural Perspectives for a conversation that challenges the question “What box should I put you in?”


Introduction to the Iroquois Iroquois educator Brenda LaForme introduced students to her culture, history and tradition, including exploration of the Clan system and the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy—the oldest operating democracy in human history.

Decolonizing Museums and Historical Societies

Samantha Hall-Saladino ’09, Executive Director at the Fulton County Historical Society in Gloversville was back on campus and talked to students about the need for museums and historical societies to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion exists in their exhibits, programming, published materials, and policies

Traditional Native Meal Preparation Demonstration

Assistant Director of Residence Life in Troy and Nutrition Graduate Student Morgan Milhollen-Dukes led a cooking demonstration of Indigenous cuisine. As one of the oldest cuisines, one both rich in flavor and diverse in origin, the Native Americans developed these meals long before contact with any Europeans.


Intro to Chicago Style Steppin’ Co-sponsored with Thrive@Sage and led by Mind Body Soul Studio dance instructors Brian “Albany’s Step-Daddy” Bolton and Yvonne Bolton, this event introduced Chicago Steppin’ as an improvisational form of partner dancing with its roots in such dance styles as the
Chicago Bop, the Lindy Hop and Western Swing. This smooth and sophisticated art form is supported by soul, jazz, and r&b music.

Black Resistance

Activist, author, and advocate Dr. Alice P. Green shared her life’s work leading the Center for Law and Justice and its impact on criminal justice and political reform. Building on the Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” Dr. Green discussed how African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, including racial terrorism, systemic discrimination, and police violence against people of color.

The Power of the Black Dollar

CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce, Deshanna Wiggins, and CEO of Business for Good Foundation and Founder and Chief Development Officer of 4th Family, Jahkeen Hoke, joined students and the RSC community to discuss how we all can circulate our dollars to help to narrow the racial wealth gap.

An Afrofuturistic Experience

Jordan Taylor Hill & Friends returned to present An Afrofuturistic Experience. Students experienced a series of traditional drumming and dance from West Africa, spoken word, and storytelling. The show concluded with dancing in Bush Memorial!


Our Future is in the Hands of the Youth Filmmaker Elahe Gol Pari is no stranger to revolution. Growing up in Tehran, she was just 10 years old when the Islamic Revolution took place. Decades later, while visiting her hometown, she witnessed what she hopes is the start of a different kind of sea change led by young people. She shared the stories of young people in Tehran with people at Sage.

Iftar Party

Sage held its first Iftar Party in the Spirituality Center where folks enjoyed a variety of cuisines, learned more about the Muslim faith, and participated in activities that included henna art, traditional Arab music, and dancing.

Critical Conversation Survey Results

Following each program, students are asked to complete a survey that will assess the quality of its offerings. Of the nearly 130 responses received by participants, all question areas achieved a “good” or higher rating 80% or more each time.

2022– 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Progress Report Year 1 of 3

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