INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is excited to welcome to its Editorial Board Carlos N. Medina, EdD, vice chancellor and chief diversity officer for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the State University of New York (SUNY) System.
As the founding CDO at SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the nation, Medina has led efforts since 2011 to promote and advance the system’s diversity goals, as well as worked to ensure that these objectives are reflected in all university policies and procedures. He also provides leadership and strategic direction to SUNY campuses in regard to the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and administrators from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
In addition, Medina serves as co-chair of SUNY’s Diversity Task Force, leading the charge to identify ways in which the system can increase its diversity to better reflect the population of the state of New York. As a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, he assists with strategic planning to implement and oversee system-wide policies and programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; many of these initiatives focus on serving underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students, faculty, and staff.
Medina brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in state government and higher education to his roles.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. Medina to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “His 25-plus years of experience has established him as a leader in the areas of diversity and inclusion, and his deep commitment to this work provides him a special understanding of the issues faced by diverse institutions.”
Medina has spearheaded several statewide STEM conferences to strengthen the intersection between diversity and academic excellence. He also serves as a regional representative for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence and was recently named a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
For his work, Medina has received the New York State Assembly Citation for Community Service and was recently named as a recipient of the 2016 Public Service Award by the Suffolk County Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.
He earned a bachelor of science in engineering from SUNY Cortland, a master of professional studies from Cornell University, and a doctorate in education from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.