Chief Diversity Officer to Discuss Ideas for Fostering Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity on Sept. 13

2017-18 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series Opens at SUNY Potsdam with Talk Featuring Bernadette Tiapo

POTSDAM, NY (08/28/2017) (readMedia)-- SUNY Potsdam's Associate Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer Bernadette S. Tiapo will open the 2017-18 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series with a presentation at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the Literacy Center at Satterlee Hall.

Tiapo's presentation, "Campus Climate and Institutional Success," will focus on creating an understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusivity and equity on campus. She will also be exploring the College's response to issues on campus and how that affects recruitment, retention, academic excellence and success.

The Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam's School of Education and Professional Studies. Since its inception 10 years ago, the School has hosted more than 100 presentations as part of the annual seminar.

All seminar meetings will be offered on Wednesdays, in the Literacy Center from noon to 1 p.m. These events are free, and the public is welcome to attend.

The fall 2017 schedule for the SUNY Potsdam Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar is as follows:

• Sept. 13: Bernadette S. Tiapo, "Campus Climate and Institutional Success"

• Sept. 27: Brian Winkel, "Dabbling in Differential Equation Modeling"

• Oct. 18: Peter S. Brouwer, "The Courage to Teach: The Work of Parker Palmer"

• Nov. 1: Savita Hanspal, "Impact of Consumers' Self-Image and Demographics on Preference for Healthy Labeled Products"

• Nov. 15: Tyler L. St Clair, "The Funds of Knowledge Perspective: Integrating Diversity and Equity into Subject Area Methods Courses"

For the full schedule of Disciplined Inquiry in Education events for the semester, please visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges-and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit