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August 2018
Transforming Diverse Lives: Adelphi Hits a Milestone
At first-year student Orientation last month for Adelphi's incoming Class of 2022, our assistant vice president and dean of student affairs, Jeff Kessler, asked for a show of hands: "Who's from Illinois? Who's from Arkansas?" On it went until everyone—from everywhere—was recognized and welcomed.

These days, Adelphi students don't just come from all over the country. They come from all around the world, and from every background and culture.

In fact, we are welcoming the most diverse class in our 123-year history this fall—a milestone I wanted to share with you and celebrate this month.

Read below about how our vice president for diversity and inclusion, Dr. Perry Greene, is sharing a new anti-bias program with nearby school communities. Find out how one member of the Adelphi University Board of Trustees had an unforgettable childhood that inspired our new Multicultural Scholarship Program. Discover the exciting new ways we are welcoming the LGBTQ+ community to the Adelphi community. Get insight into how our veteran scholars are changing the campus, bringing their expertise, fresh perspectives and strength of purpose to our classrooms. Certainly Lentz Lefevre, in the video below, has shown me what it is to be a hero—not just as a soldier, but also now in public health and emergency management. He jumped in when Hurricane Irma hit, and he hasn't stopped.

International students are finding Adelphi, and they're coming in record numbers. (I have yet to meet our first student from Mongolia, but I look forward to finding out how she heard about us!)

It isn't just our students who reflect the true diversity of Adelphi. Thirty-eight percent of our newest faculty members are people of color, and associate professor of physics Matthew Wright (pictured below) and the Physics Club recently won a grant called the Future Faces of Physics—it was for "promoting the recruitment and retention of people from underrepresented groups in physics." Congratulations to Dr. Wright—and to all our faculty, who promote success for every student.

Along with these significant changes, we have adopted some smaller ones: In every new student backpack at July's first-year student Orientation, students found a brochure called Welcome, All, which lists the clubs, organizations and cultural groups in which every member of our student body can find a home. When I had the chance to greet the incoming first-year class, I encouraged them to do just that—to find at least one club, group or activity at Adelphi (besides their studies) that will give them inspiration and the feeling of home.
I was surprised to receive a letter last week from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, asking if they could use Adelphi's " Guide to Inclusive Language" in their public speaking classes this fall. The fact that this guide to more respectful language is being picked up on the West Coast tells me we are making a real difference in fighting prejudice and bias.

I said yes, of course. And I'm putting a visit to Walnut, California, on my to-do list.

Our guide acknowledges that "Words have the power to unite or divide us." I hope that this month, with the stories below and our plans for the year ahead, we are united.
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
Watch a veteran's journey to Adelphi

After coming home from serving in Iraq, Marine Corps veteran Lentz Lefevre, M.P.H. '18, was determined to find his life's purpose. He discovered it in public health and is now armed with a master's degree from Adelphi. Meet him.
Announcing the most diverse incoming class in Adelphi history
The Class of ’22 is not only Adelphi's second-largest ever, it's also the most diverse. Take a look at the makeup of the class and see how recruitment efforts contributed to the record-breaking numbers.
Our efforts to fight bias on campus spread to other towns. Adelphi's Diversity Certificate Program, created to enhance awareness of biases affecting members of the Adelphi community, is being adopted by two school districts on Long Island.
Embracing his neurodiversity helped one Adelphi graduate thrive. Sean Culkin ’17 got a second chance at a college degree thanks to the Bridges to Adelphi program. Now he's an award-winning advocate for others with autism spectrum disorder.
A personal mission to drive diversity. Marc S. Strachan ’81 dreamed of making an Adelphi education possible for more students from underserved backgrounds. By creating and helping fund the University's new Multicultural Scholarship Program, he's now doing that.
Adelphi, more international than ever. The growing number of students from outside the United States is giving Adelphi an international flavor. Students from 57 countries have enrolled in the past two years, joined this fall by the first Panther from Mongolia.
Rolling out the welcome for LGBTQ+ students. What's behind Adelphi's emergence as one of the friendliest campuses in the country for LGBTQ+ students? See how a unique mentoring program and 13 different initiatives are transforming lives at the University.
Veterans find a new base at Adelphi. Veterans add a unique perspective to life on campus, and the University does everything it can to support these experienced, driven students as they make the transition from the military to civilian careers.
Athletics Update
Congratulations to Our Scholar-Athletes: Panthers Lead the League in Academic Excellence
The Northeast-10 announced its Spring 2018 Academic All-Conference Teams on July 18, and Adelphi led the league in total honorees—15 from eight different sports. The Adelphi contingent was led by softball star Brenna Martini ’18 and tennis standout Rebecca Fakas ’18, both of whom received Sport Excellence awards in their respective sports. Adelphi also appeared in the NCAA Division II record books as champion in a number of statistical categories.

Also this summer, the Athletics Department hosted another successful Ficke Panther Golf Classic, raising more than $25,000 for projects to benefit our teams. Legendary softball coach, assistant athletic director and teacher Janet L. Ficke ’59 was on hand at the event that bears her name.
Alumni Making a Difference
Transforming Lives: Adelphi's Multicultural Alumni Chapter
My special thanks to the inspirational members of our Multicultural Alumni Chapter, who have played a leading role in advancing diversity at Adelphi. They have been caring mentors, have provided internship and job opportunities, and have supported scholarships—and their annual get-together in October is a can't-miss occasion. To get involved, email chapter leaders Isiah Hall ’06, M.B.A. ’08, Laura Harding ’98, and Kimberly Howell, M.B.A. ’13, at [email protected] or visit the Multicultural Chapter page on Facebook.
Momentum Tour 2018–2019
The 2018–2019 Momentum Tour, Changing Lives, the Next Chapter: Sharing Our Stories , kicks off on August 16 with an event close to home at the beautiful Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport, New York , on Long Island's North Fork. It's a great opportunity to hear the latest about ways our personalized approach is changing lives—and a chance to share your own stories. Make plans to attend two other great events, too: the 30th Annual Golf Classic , honoring Coach Ronald C. Davies ’59, on September 24; and Spirit Weekend , October 11 to October 14.