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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

At Medaille College, we believe our differences are assets. We foster a community that respects and values a broad range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences and encourages and creates opportunities so all Mavericks can reach their full potential educationally and professionally.

Diversity and Inclusion
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Kenya Hobbs
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Title IX Coordinator

(716) 880-2203 office
(716) 880-2119 Title IX
kenya.k.hobbs@medaille.edu

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. – Stephen R. Covey

 

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We’re Better Together

At Medaille College, we believe our differences are assets. We foster a community that respects and values a broad range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences and encourages and creates opportunities so all Mavericks can reach their full potential educationally and professionally.

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion serves the Medaille College community through programs and initiatives that build upon our differences and strengthen us as an institution of higher learning. Here at Medaille we are focused on engaging, collaborating and connecting with people who bring a wealth of diversity perspectives to the table, so that we can create a harmonious and welcoming environment that incorporates 3 Medaille priorities of inclusive excellence at every encounter.

The first priority centers on High Touch, a sense of excellence in our consumer engagement and customer service extended to everyone that connects with the Medaille College family.

The second priority focuses on High Quality, providing the best educational and workplace environment for our students, faculty and staff members.

The third priority targets our Commitment to Diversity & inclusion, by cultivating and growing a welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning.

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion leads and supports efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community, consistent with Medaille's core values.

 

Leadership

Kenya K. Hobbs

Kenya K. Hobbs is a community relations leader with 25 years of leadership experience building relationships, connecting key stakeholders, planning and implementing initiatives that increase engagement, strengthening advocacy efforts on behalf of historically marginalized populations, and driving community transformation at the grassroots level.

Mr. Hobbs currently serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator for Medaille College. In this position, Mr. Hobbs manages and oversees diversity programs and services, and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Hobbs is responsible for helping to build diverse student, faculty and staff populations, creating opportunities to engage in discussions with diversified groups inside and outside the classroom, and providing programs and services that emphasize the importance of an inclusive campus environment. 

In addition, Hobbs serves the college in the following capacities:

  • Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion
  • Chair, Minority Faculty & Staff Committee
  • Co-Chair, Bias Protocol Response Team 
  • Co-Director, Honors Program

As the Title IX Coordinator, Hobbs is accountable for successfully managing Title IX compliance on campus, including the implementation of all appropriate training for the entire campus community.

Strategic Initiatives

Diversity in Leadership
Medaille is creating pathways to increase diversity in our faculty and staff through partnering with national and local community organizations serving underrepresented peoples and communities. We have a growing social media presence to engage potential candidates for available positions at the college. Medaille is committed to exploring every avenue that will result in a more welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty & staff.  

Diversity in Learning
Medaille is cultivating a sense of community equipped to address the changing dynamics and needs of our student population. As our students representing diverse backgrounds and experiences continue to grow, we are poised to develop services and supports that are necessary to ensure a successful college experience for each of them. Whether you are a first generation student or a working graduate student, Medaille is here to make your transition into our community and family an amazing experience.

Diverse Exchanges
Medaille believes that open, honest, and transparent dialogue is key to advancing diversity & Inclusion efforts within the college community. Diversity Exchanges is our discussion forum to address diversity & inclusion perspectives that are impacting our students, faculty/staff and other community stakeholders. 

Anti-Discrimination & Title IX
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion in partnership with the Title IX office and the College’s department of Human Resources is actively engaged in ensuring that Medaille College is free of discrimination in any form. It is our goal to ensure that you feel safe and supported throughout your Medaille College experience. If you feel that your civil /sexual/human rights have been violated as member of the Medaille community we invite to reach out to the following resources to address your concerns:

 

Civil Rights/Title IX Inquiries:

Mr. Kenya Hobbs
Director, Diversity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
(716) 880-2203 direct
(716) 880-2119 Title IX
kenya.k.hobbs@medaille.edu

 

Employee Relations Inquiries:

Barbara Bilotta
Director, Human Resources
(716) 880-2265
barbara.bilotta@medaille.edu

 

Public Safety Inquiries:

Debra Kelly
Director, Public Safety
(716) 880-2911
debra.d.kelly@medaille.edu

 

Programs & Partnerships

MAGEC - Multilingual Global Education Committee
MAGEC serves primarily as a critical hub for all the groups on campus that are devoted to providing support and services for our increasingly diverse population. The motivation here is to acknowledge the growing interest in promoting all types of diversity awareness on campus, to recognize the number of kindred projects that are underway, and to create bridges between those projects. Our efforts are made stronger by working together.   

This group brings together individuals from across the campus who help with recruiting, placing, housing, counseling, advising and teaching our multilingual students across campus.

 

Intercultural Dialogues
The Intercultural Dialogues committee is devoted to creating safe spaces for exploring diversity and issues related to being a member of a marginalized population.

Intercultural Dialogues "Open Mics" and other activities designed by that faculty and staff to promote diversity awareness and a safe space for open exchange.

 

Multicultural Student Council
More info on Multicultural Student Council coming soon.

 

BSU (Black Student Union)
The BSU promotes a better atmosphere for minority students. We ensure all students are treated fairly, educate the community about the culture and heritage of African-Americans, and promote togetherness and unity within the Medaille College minority community.

 

HERO (Helping Educate Regarding Orientation)
HERO Club has been established as the official LGBTQ+ group on campus. HERO will provide a safe space for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and will work to promote LGBTQ+ awareness and rights on campus.

 

Cultural Revelation
Cultural Revelation is a student organization that exposes individuals to the diverse populations of the Medaille College campus and the Buffalo community. Both American and international students will be introduced to and involved in social and educational activities throughout the year.

 

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