The Center for Diversity Innovation (CDI) serves the faculty, staff and students across the University at Buffalo, translating empirical, social scientific research on diversity, equity and inclusion, developing and diffusing evidence-based best practices through trainings, educational programs and consulting services.
By preparing and training the next generation of diversity leaders at UB, across SUNY, in Buffalo and throughout Western New York, the Center aims to change behavior, close opportunity gaps, and transform the settings in which people learn, work and innovate.
As part of a recurring, year-long program, the UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholars program brings a large cohort of highly accomplished scholars and artists whose work elucidates social inequality and advances social justice to the university and Buffalo community. Led by the Center for Diversity Innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences, the program engages the entire UB community, providing opportunities for new scholarly, artistic, curricular, and pedagogical collaborations and access to scholars’ work through public presentations, performances, exhibitions, guest lectures in classes, workshops, mini-conferences, and informal social gatherings. Each scholar hosts two, year-long mentoring circles to supplement existing academic, personal, and professional support for undergraduate and graduate students.
The Distinguished Visiting Scholars are housed in a dedicated suite of offices on the 6th floor of Clemens Hall (North Campus), facilitating a rich cohort experience and joint engagement with UB faculty, staff, and students throughout the academic year.