The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to a policy of equal employment and equal access in its educational programs and activities. A key component of our mission is to create an environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The school supports, enhances, and facilitates the commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by providing expert advice and leadership to the school community in their efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, ensure an environment free from discrimination and harassment, and provide opportunities for reflection, engagement, and learning that aligns to the mission and vision of the school.

It is the policy of CUNY SPH to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees and admit and provide services for students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, or other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state, and city laws.

It is also the policy of the school to provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, employees who have pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions, or employees who are victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses.

This policy also prohibits retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination, or cooperating with an investigation of a discrimination complaint.

Dean’s Memorandum reaffirming CUNY SPH’s commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action

CUNY’s Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

CUNY Charge of Discrimination form

CUNY SPH Affirmative Action Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) oversees Affirmative Action Plan requirements for federal contractors. Some aspects of this plan are also informed by New York State and New York City regulations and guidelines for public agencies.

Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) for federal contractors as required by federal regulations related to:

  • Presidential Executive Order 11246, for women and federally protected racial/ethnic groups
  • Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, for protected Veterans
  • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, for Individuals with Disabilities

CUNY SPH Federal AAP 2021-2022

The School produces a separate Affirmative Action Plan for Italian Americans. The Chancellor of CUNY designated Italian Americans as a protected group at CUNY in 1976.

CUNY SPH Italian American AAP 2021-2022

Diversity Resources

The CUNY Office of Recruitment and Diversity is responsible for the development and implementation of policies, processes, and practices in support of CUNY’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Explore more resources on CUNY’s website for Diversity & Inclusion.

Policy Implementation Workflow – these charts reflects the resources available to the CUNY SPH community in the implementation of various relevant policies.