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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

“SUNY Niagara is committed to creating a diverse environment for all of the valued stakeholders within our institutional community.  We endeavor to create an atmosphere where people are emboldened to stand up and speak up because their voices will not only heard but respected and responded to.”

– Dr. William J. Murabito, President

Dr. William J. Murabito, President

Cultivating Diversity in the Classroom and the Workplace

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The SUNY Niagara Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee was created in September 2016. It serves as an initiative to actively engage the whole college community in recognizing the importance of diversity for assuring the success of all members of our college community, including students, staff, faculty, and administration, in an ever-increasingly global environment.

Are you interested in contributing to the SUNY Niagara JEDI Committee?
Contact John D Strong

Are you a student who is interested in applying to the SUNY Student Assembly and its JEDI task force?

AAPI Heritage Month

As the Nation observes Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) Heritage Month in May, we reflect on our rich heritage and storied past. From Indigenous Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities whose wisdom and knowledge helped to shape this country and continue to guide us today, to the immigrants and refugees who came to our shores in search of better opportunities, to the trailblazers who paved the way for progress across generations – our communities’ journey has been one of tragedy and triumph, adversity, and resilience. (As per the White House Initiative on AANHPI).

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Graphic with colorful flowers
Freddy O. Arzuaga


Freddy O. Arzuaga ’23

Freddy O. Arzuaga graduated from Buffalo Alternative HS, and is currently enrolled in SUNY Niagara. He is majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and also a active member of The Men of Merit (which is sponsored by the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network on behalf of the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative Freddy was quoted as saying, “In 2018 I decided I had enough of the streets and I wanted to seek recovery…through my recovery I met my roommate Jacob (Flemming), he was really really cool… he was already attending SUNY Niagara and he kept insisting that I fill out the application for it (which I did). SUNY Niagara has impacted my life greatly! (I am now) a person that’s highly motivated and wants more of this! I’ve been on the Dean’s list three times… and received (multiple) awards. I am going to transfer to Buffalo State University to pursue Social Work and a minor in Psychology. With this I want to show my kids that anything’s possible.”

John D Strong


John D Strong
Chief Diversity and Equity Officer
Phone: 716-614-5900
Location: H-162

Read Officer Strong’s biography