SUNY and the Vibrant Community
Create a Robust, Active, and Enriching Campus Life
SUNY Canton hosts hundreds of events, such as concerts, guest lectures, and performances that engage students and the surrounding community.
SUNY Canton continues to celebrate diversity as the one thing everyone has in common, and to promote inclusion and a welcoming environment on the campus and in the community.
The College benefitted greatly from a SUNY grant, which allowed for the creation of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion in the Campus Center. Pictured are the collected college administrators, local elected officials, and guests of honor at the grand opening celebration. Senator Patricia A. “Patty” Ritchie helped the College secure a $50,000 grant to outfit the Center.
We are tremendously thankful for the renewed focus on diversity from both the executive management of the College as well as from SUNY. We will remain focused on diversity initiatives in support of our campus ethos, ‘Everyone is Welcome Here’.
– Courtney B. Bish, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
In 2016-2017, SUNY Canton partnered with seven other colleges from across the United States to form the American Collegiate Athletic Conference (ACAA), which will provide students with the opportunity for post-season play. Through the tournament, the College hosted the first ACAA softball championship, the first cross country championship, and won the first ACAA men’s basketball championship, which catapulted the team into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs and led the College to host an ECAC playoff game for the first time. The ACAA has proven to be an excellent home for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos as the College seeks a more permanent conference.
Cumulative Student-Athlete GPA
SUNY Canton Athletics helps raise the collective overall GPA and aids in student retention at the College. Student-athletes held a 2.96 overall GPA in the Fall of 2016, compared to the overall GPA of 2.81. In Spring of 2017, student-athletes held a 3.04 overall GPA (compared to the overall degree-seeking student GPA of 2.98). Retention rates were 96 percent for student athletes, and 100 percent for female student-athletes, compared to 88 percent for the general student body.
Focus on Diversity – "Everyone is Welcome Here"
In accordance with the SUNY Trustees’ Diversity Policy, SUNY Canton appointed two Co-Chief Diversity Officers in July 2016. Lashawanda T. Ingram, the College’s Director of Diversity and New Student Orientation, and Professor William T. Jones, who teaches in the Business Administration and Legal Studies programs, have both helped lead efforts to foster and develop an appreciation of how our campus diversity is among our greatest strengths.
The Living Writers Series brought Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith to campus as part of its African American History Month celebration. The renowned writer read poetry selections from her books, “Life on Mars” and “Ordinary Light.” Shortly after her visit to campus, the Library of Congress named Smith Poet Laureate of the United States.
The popular series also brought Professor and Ojibwe tribal member David Treuer to speak as part of Native American History Month. Treuer read from his poignant nonfiction book, “Rez Life,” which examines Native American reservation life, past and present, through research into issues like sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation.