Cuomo administration launches program to increase faculty diversity at SUNY schools

The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system.

"New York's strength comes from not only celebrating our rich cultures but working aggressively to expand opportunities to increase diversity in our SUNY faculty," Gov. Cuomo said. "This first of its kind initiative is at the heart of SUNY's core values and reflects New York's deep commitment to providing the highest quality and richly diverse education in the nation."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth, or PRODiG, is the hiring of 1,000 early to mid-career professors from minority groups by 2030. The Democrat says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.

State officials say the program's goal is to have SUNY faculty better reflect the diversity of the 425,000 students in the system, where minorities make up more than a quarter of the student population.
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