College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
Pluralism and Diversity
The Division of Student Affairs
Pluralism & Diversity Program
Michael Maslankowski,
Interim Chair Director,
New Student Orientation/CLUE & Residence Life

Location: North Administration Bldg (2A), Room 208
Phone: (718) 982.2529

Pluralism & Diversity Program
 About P&D

What is Pluralism?

Pluralism refers to a social or political environment in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups coexist (as in one neighborhood, city, nation, institution, or school).

What is Diversity?

A point or respect in which things differ; difference or variety.

What is the Pluralism and Diversity Program?

Pluralism & Diversity at CSI is a program that aims to represent ethnic, religious, and cultural groups through various events and programs on campus. Our on-going goal is to celebrate our diversity while at the same time encouraging a unified campus.The Pluralism and Diversity program encourages and/or sponsors a variety of educational, social, and cultural events throughout the academic year, intended to promote appreciation and respect for the diversity of the College and its surrounding community.

One of the commitments of the College of Staten Island is to create in all aspects of campus life: “… a climate that fosters respect for the pluralism of American society” and explore the many meanings of pluralism in this society.

The Pluralism & Diversity Program strives to:

  • Educate about our differences
  • Explore our commonalities
  • Confront racism
  • Challenge sexism
  • Face homophobia
  • Recognize ageism
  • Address other such prejudice through education and enlightened example.

We encourage students to participate in various workshops and events and to learn from diversity! If you are interested in participating in the organization of P&D events contact, Kafele J. Khalfani, in the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE, North Administration Building (2A), Room 208 at 718.982.2529, or email

The Pluralism & Diversity Committee 2013-2014

  • Maria Rice Bellamy – Assistant Professor
    Department of English
  • Winnie Brophy – Special Programs Assistant
    Center for International Service
  • Danielle Dimitrov– Director
    Office of Diversity and Compliance
  • Alan Hoffner – Director
    College Testing Office
  • Jeremiah Jurkiewicz – Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center
    Office of Student Life
  • Kafele J. Khalfani – Director, New Student Orientation/CLUE & Residence Life
    Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE
  • Robert King Kee – Coordinator of Student Leadership Development
    Office of Student Life
  • Michael Maslankowski – New Student Orientation and Residential Life Specialist
    Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE
  • Frances Meléndez – Deputy Director
    Mental Health Counselinrog Pgram
  • Michael Trimble – Pluralism & Diversity Graduate Assistant
    Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE