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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Clubs & Organizations


Black Student Union
A club where the African American Student can obtain assistance, guidance, and direction concerning their transition to college life.  Open to any student.  Advisors: Will Brinson, G-242A, 716-614-6258 and Angela Jackson, G-225, 716-614-5979.

Cru at SUNY Niagara
The purpose of this chapter is to build movements of people who are transformed by Jesus Christ.  The student-led movements seek to introduce students to Christ, help them to grow in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible, and inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world. Advisor: Ryan Sessman, D-201, 716-614-6724

Native American Club
Meetings take place every Thursday in E-107 from 2-3 p.m. Advisor: Cory Hewitt, D-201, 716-614-6724

Pride Alliance
Provides informal peer group support to discuss concerns of sexual minorities. Advisor: Jesse Goldberg, A-134, 716-614-6741 and Laurie Johnston-Stickney, E-130, 716-614-6750.

Veterans Association
The veterans club is open to all students and hosts events such as the Veterans Day Ceremony, overseas care packages, and fundraising to upgrade our Veterans Memorial Park (located near the main entrance of the campus). Advisor: Joseph Potalivo, B-103, 716-614-6283.

Financial Resources

Below, you will find financial resources from SUNY Niagara to a national level which provide links to financial aid, workforce development, scholarships, and internship opportunities. Please check back as we continue to provide more information.


General Support

  • The State Education Department: NYS Aid to Native Americans
  • Native American SUNY: Western Consortium: Partnerships for Native American Student Support in Higher Education
  • SUNY Pride: Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Community
  • Niagara Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving LGBTQ+ individuals and families in Niagara County and WNY. They offer educational programming, engage in charitable works, and offer social programming to create safe and welcoming environment for all those who identify as LGBTQ+ living throughout WNY. They rely primarily on donations to provide these services and have no paid staff…only volunteers.
    Some of the services Niagara Pride offers include:
    • LGBTQ+ Diversity and Inclusivity Trainings for businesses and organizations – over 7,000 individuals, both locally and nationally, attended these trainings throughout the year.
    • Jean Hopkins Memorial Scholarship – a $500 scholarship was awarded to a graduating high school senior pursuing higher education.
    • Niagara County GSA Grants – seven $500 grants were given to local GSAs to help fund LGBTQ+ diversity programs at their high schools.
    • Know Your Status – a campaign designed to provide free sexual health information and resources to residents of WNY as well as create an online tool that allows individuals to easily locate HIV/AIDS and STI testing sites throughout the 8 counties of Western New York.
    • WNY LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Fair – an opportunity for community members to learn about LGBTQ+ specific and/or affirming programs, services, and resources offered by local community service providers.
    • WNY Pride 5K – a virtual 5K race/walk in WNY with a focus of bringing awareness to, while also celebrating the local WNY LGBTQ+ Community
    • Community-based Pride Celebrations – Niagara Falls Pride, Newfane Pride, North Tonawanda Pride (in partnership with the Oliver Street Merchants Association)…and coming in 2023, Lockport Pride!
    • And in partnership with other agencies, Niagara Pride has been able to offer groups/services for addictions and housing discrimination assistance.
    For more information about Niagara Pride, check out their website at, email them at, or check them out on Facebook (Niagara Pride (serving all of WNY)).
  • Additional Online Resources for Transgender College Students –

Workforce Development

2021-2022 Courses

COM 210: Intercultural Communication3Spring 2021Surdyke
HIS 210: Native American HistoryOW / AH3Fall 2021 or Spring 2022Fisher
HIS 255: Holocausts: From Rome to RwandaSS3Spring 2021Clarcq
HON 103: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion1Spring 2021Lange
HUS/EDU 120 Disabilities: Birth Through Adolescence3Spring 2021Oberjosh/Hamilton
HUS/EDU 210 Anti-Bias in Early Childhood Education3Spring 2021Gress
HUS 122 Disabilities & AgingOER3Spring 2021Oberjosh
HUS 217 Diversity in Chemical Dependency CounselingOER3Spring 2021Oberjosh
LIT 222: Contemporary World LiteratureH3Spring 2021Pietrzykowski
LIT 231: African American LiteratureH3Fall 2021Varies
LIT 233: Native American LiteratureH3Spring 2021Sharma
MUS 130: Urban Music: BeBop to Hip-HopAR3Fall 2021 as CAP course in Lockport HS
SOC 203: Social Problems (spring ’21 by A. Pollard)SS3Spring 2021Pollard
SOC 260: Sociology of the FamilySS3Spring 2021Pollard
SOC 270: Community StudiesSS3Spring 2021Johnson
SSC 111: Gender, Sexuality and CultureSpring 2021Oberjosh
THA 110: Black Drama and FilmAR / H3Fall 2021Buffamanti
John D Strong


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

Read Officer Strong’s biography