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Binghamton University

Binghamton University

Binghamton University


Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.


Diversity Profile: Binghamton University

Binghamton University’s values of unity, identity and excellence are its foundation.


We are an inclusive community made up of people from diverse backgrounds who come together to learn, discover and serve. We have developed a common bond — the Binghamton bond — that will be ours for a lifetime.


We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.


We cannot be all things to all people. However, we pursue our goals with determination, striving for intellectual and personal growth, especially in the face of adversity.

Our commitment to an inclusive environment

A basic tenet of Binghamton University — one of our Road Map to Premier strategic plan priorities — is to unite to foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture. Becoming the premier public university requires commitment and contribution from all members of the University community, in an environment that mirrors the diverse workplace of the 21st century and welcomes the insights of individuals from many cultural traditions. Consequently, our campus community has made diversity and inclusiveness a priority. As our enrollment grows, so must our efforts to ensure that every member of our campus is valued as an integral and fundamental part of the fabric of Binghamton University.

Regardless of any individual’s background, what unifies us at Binghamton University is our determination to experience higher education and to develop our community together. We enroll the best and brightest students and recruit the best faculty and staff to our ranks. Just as Binghamton University strives to be premier in all areas, so do we expect all individuals at Binghamton to reach for their highest educational proficiency possible.

We work collaboratively across all constituencies to promote a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion. Our commitment to social justice enhances our values by fostering understanding and community through a broad array of programs and initiatives designed to enhance our academic, residential and work environments.

Initiatives to foster an inclusive environment

Binghamton University’s comprehensive approach to developing an understanding, inclusive community includes a number of programs and initiatives, among them the following:

Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships: This fellowship program provides a mechanism to increase the diversity of our faculty by supporting postdoctoral fellowships in academic departments and programs where diversity is needed and that can successfully recruit diversity faculty candidates. Fellows are appointed with the title of Postdoctoral Associate and receive a $50,000 annual stipend with a benefits package. There is a research allowance of up to $13,000 per year that may also be used in support of conference travel to disseminate research findings. The fellows are expected to conduct original research appropriate to the department wherein they will be appointed, to publish scholarly work as a result of this effort and to teach or co-teach one or more courses per year as the instructor of record. Fellows receive formal mentoring in research and teaching, as well as constructive feedback throughout the appointment in an effort to improve their candidacy for a tenure-track appointment. 

Presidential Diversity Research Grants: Enable assistant professors who are members of historically underrepresented minority groups to succeed in their research and scholarship. Grant funds are designed to support research efforts toward tenure and promotion requirements. Grants of $4,000 to $8,000 are awarded annually to successful applicants who must have completed a PhD, MFA, EdD or terminal degree in a specified field as required by the academic unit; be in a tenure-track assistant professor position at Binghamton University; be from one of the following underrepresented populations: African American/Black, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander; and be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

UDiversity Educational Institute: The institute offers trainings and workshops to faculty, students and staff including building bridges to cultural competency, search committee training, addressing unconscious bias in searches, what it means to be an ally, the new face of campus diversity, inclusive pedagogy, and building and sustaining inclusive communities, among others.

As an example, the institute’s Building Bridges to Cultural Competency training, in two phases, is designed to increase awareness of cultural differences and appreciation while highlighting ways in which we increase our professionalism by becoming culturally competent. The first workshop features several activities, video presentations and in-depth discussions that make for a thought-provoking and engaging experience. This presentation encourages change in biased and/or isolating behavior in our work spaces and classrooms. The second workshop provides participants with tools that allow for a deeper reflection about personal socialization within institutions that impact our experiences and worldview, exploring the impact of privilege and oppression on how we interact with others and how we can create avenues of access and/or create barriers.

SUNY Faculty Diversity Program and PRODiG (Promoting, Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth) are working to increase faculty diversity to better reflect the diversity of students across the 64-campus SUNY system through assistance to campuses with the recruitment, retention and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, including individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Binghamton University is active in these initiatives.

SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program: A SUNY-wide initiative that offers fellowships to students who have been admitted to graduate or professional study, intended to assist in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students in doctoral and master’s level programs who can demonstrate that they contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can show that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Binghamton University is active in this initiative.

Diversity Days: A celebration of Binghamton University’s richly diverse campus, held during Celebrate Diversity Month in April.

Divisional Diversity Officers/Committees: Assist the campus in cultivating an environment where all students, faculty and staff are seen, valued and heard.

Programs and Centers

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: This division was established to implement the Road Map to Premier Strategic Priority to unite to foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture.

The Q Center: The center provides an array of resources, educational opportunities and social justice initiatives designed to foster a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. It is a safe environment where gender and sexual diversity is affirmed and community is fostered. It’s programming supports and empowers students, faculty and staff contributing to personal, scholarly and professional success.

Multicultural Resource Center: The mission of the Multicultural Resource Center is to educate the campus community through initiatives designed to increase awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and its significance in the advancement of all fields of endeavor and in navigating our world. Home to over 150 cultural student organizations, the center encourages understanding of all cultures and provides educational training for students.

Dean of Students Office: Provides opportunities and experiences that support student learning and personal development, as well as helps students with issues affecting their academic and personal lives at Binghamton University

Services for Students with Disabilities:
With a long history of commitment to providing access for individuals with disabilities, this office is the appropriate entity on campus to determine and authorize reasonable accommodations. As partners in access, the office works with students, faculty and staff to facilitate an accessible and inclusive campus.

20:1 Programs: Originally a sexual assault prevention peer education program composed of leaders from Binghamton University’s diverse fraternities, this is now a credit-bearing internship with both male and female peer who present two programs: the 20:1 Sexual Assault Prevention Program and the 20:1 Bystander Intervention Program.

Training and education

New student orientation: A session titled Bearcat Identity that specifically addresses identities of race, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and nationality among others. Students hear about the Multicultural Resource Center, the Q Center and Services for Students with Disabilities, and learn more about the work they do to engage all students at Binghamton.

Critical Studies in Race and Inequality (2019 - 2020)

Harpur College is spearheading a new multi-year cluster hire initiative in the thematic area “Critical Studies in Race and Inequality.” Harpur seeks to build a network of scholars who are committed to conducting research on race, racism, ethnicity, social justice, power, and structures of inequality in their diverse fields of specialization. The College is particularly interested in appointing faculty members who are deeply connected to and integrated into the communities that they study, as a means to build on the strong tradition of engaged scholarship at Binghamton University.

The group of new hires will form a cohort that will lay the groundwork for a durable network of scholarly support, mutual mentorship, and program development, while also connecting with existing interdisciplinary programs and transdisciplinary areas of excellence. By hiring in a thematic cluster, the college hopes to foster a strong sense of community among these new colleagues, while also ensuring high rates of retention and encouraging collaboration across departmental lines. While the cluster hire serves as a mechanism to attract, recruit, and retain faculty who share intellectual interests and professional commitments, each position will have a different departmental berth, although joint appointments may be made.

The college will be searching in the following areas in 2019-20:

  • Disparities in Mental Health Access and Care, Departments of Africana Studies and Psychology, click here for the job description and application
  • Critical Studies of Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality, Department of Sociology, click here for the job description and application
  • Contemporary African American Literature and Culture, Department of English, click here for the job description and application

This cluster hire initiative contributes to the goals of the SUNY PRODiG program, launched in 2019, which aims to add a thousand historically underrepresented faculty members to the SUNY system within the next ten years, thereby doubling the diversity of the current faculty. Three appointments will be made in Harpur College in 2019-20. This is a multi-year initiative.

Harpur College provides many resources to ensure faculty success, including a Mutual Mentoring Initiative, Faculty Research Grants and Subvention Awards. All pre-tenure faculty members are also eligible for the Dean's Teaching Release Award, which is designed to promote their prospects for tenure and promotion. Faculty members may also be eligible for the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program (administered by United University Professions) and Presidential Diversity Research Grants (PDRG). 


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