Diversity, Equity and Inclusion General

Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is Important for Unions – Register Today


Black History month is a time to celebrate achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history, but it’s also an opportunity to understand the injustices Black people around the world continue to face.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a high strategic priority for UUP. Despite the attacks on it from sectors in our society and unfortunately from governors in several states, we will remain firmly committed to DEI efforts and fight back against these attacks. Our goal is to create a diverse and inclusive environment for all members to foster a space where everyone feels valued, heard, and respected. To do so, we must continually assess our own union culture and actions. Greater diversity and inclusion at UUP will ensure a wider range of ideas, expertise, and life experience, to evolve UUP’s collective knowledge and overall mindset.

Join me on Friday, February 24th at noon for a webinar where Rev. Terry Melvin – New York State AFL-CIO, Secretary-Treasurer, will speak about Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is important for unions, and you will also hear from UUP members who will share why DEI is important to them and what resources are available at their chapter and campus.

This event is hosted by UUP Statewide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Co-Chairs – Darleyne Mayer & Patrick Romain and I am thrilled to be a speaker along with: Carolyn Kube – UUP Statewide VP of Professionals, LaNina Cooke – Farmingdale, Assistant Director – Center for Criminal Justice Studies, Edward Lawson – New Paltz, Adjunct Professor, Black Studies Department and Nakeia Chambers – Upstate Medical University, Dir. of Multicultural, Disability, and Veteran’s Affairs.

Please REGISTER by Monday, February 20th. For more information, please contact Darleyne Mayers at

In solidarity,

Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D.


United University Professions