Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Syracuse University

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Syracuse University. Established in 2018 in response to student voices, ODI advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across campus.

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

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Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Mary Grace Almandrez (pictured on the right) leads the work of ODI. As a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Team, Dr. Almandrez works closely with University leaders and campus partners to advance DEIA as an outcome of the five-year DEIA strategic plan.


Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility has come under the spotlight with states and courts across the nation targeting efforts, programs, and offices that diversity college campuses thus increasing the impact and scope of research, pedagogy, scholarship, and campus experience. Regardless, ODI remains committed to DEIA.

Enhanced Quality

Diverse classrooms, faculty, curriculum, and staff increase the impact and scope of research, pedagogy, scholarship, and campus experience.

Disability Focus

We are one of the few campuses that highlight accessibility separately – the “A” in DEIA. This is symbolic of our commitment to ensuring people who are disabled have full access to campus.

Campus Outcome

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was established in 2018 due to student, faculty, and staff demand. At Syracuse University, DEIA is expected.

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for students, staff, and faculty across Syracuse University by fostering interdisciplinary partnerships, facilitating educational opportunities, developing and curating resources, removing barriers, and influencing university policy.

We are thought leaders who conduct our work boldly and are undeterred in our pursuit to create a culture of inclusive excellence where all are welcomed, valued, and feel that they belong.

Vision Statement

We seek to cultivate an environment where all members, in all places, have access to equitable resources, supports, and experiences to thrive at Syracuse University, within their communities, and within the greater, global society.

Core Values


We identify and remove physical, sensory, attitudinal and other barriers that would limit someone from independently entering into or using spaces, meaningfully accessing all information, fully participating in programs and benefiting from services.


We bring truth to our purpose through transparency and continual alignment with our values, ideals, and actions.


We create an environment at Syracuse University where people are affirmed and where they can thrive.


We cross boundaries for the purpose of binding different strengths together, building and reinforcing support networks, and to empower future partners.


In seeking to remedy past, and present, injustices, we provide services and support to campus members with a desired outcome of experience that are fair to all to position individuals for achieving success.


It is love that allows us to recognize the dignity and humanity of each individual, to extend them mutual respect, and to support them with compassion and care.


All that we do, including caring for ourselves, is for others.

ODI Areas of Focus

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Exchange information and promote DEIA work that benefits staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the local community.

Disability Access

Advances the full inclusion of, and accessibility for, students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities in all campus classrooms, workspaces, and event venues.

Inclusion and Belonging

Purposefully engages with campus members to enhance a sense of community and connection for all.

Learning and Development

Enhances professional development through the facilitation of DEIA education.

Research and Assessment

Measure and evaluate the impact of DEIA work across campus.

Do you have Questions?

Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Have you Experienced Bias?

Please report your experience to the Syracuse University StopBias and Hate team.