Faculty & Staff of Color Association

Faculty & Staff of Color Association


To foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among the faculty and staff of color and their allies through mentoring and networking in an effort to provide an organized support system that will enhance the cultural diversity within SUNY Delhi, as well as enhance and support the academic missions of the college. 


  • Establish Professional Development Opportunities specifically geared to the organization, as well as the broader campus.
  • Create a year-round Social Gathering calendar to foster bonding and increase networking options.
  • Provide Mentoring structure for new faculty and staff of color.
  • Assist new faculty and staff of color in transitioning to the college.
  • Develop Ambassadors to further the mission and purpose of the organization.
  • Become an officially recognized entity of SUNY Delhi.
  • Foster the mentoring of and engagement with students of color to support academic and personal growth.


The Faculty & Staff of Color Association began in Spring 2018 with support from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office, now known as the Chief Diversity Office, chaired by a group of dedicated faculty and staff. This Association focuses on issues that are critically important to the retention and promotion, professional development and networking, and positive community building of faculty and staff of color. 


  • Jessica Blake, Co-Chair
  • Jonathan Annan, Co-Chair
  • Michele DeFreece, Community Relations Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Hoyt, CDO Liaison