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Update On Pratt DEI Trainings

Dear Pratt Community, 

In response to recent community demands and Pratt’s intrinsic goal of creating a welcoming environment for all of our community members, the senior administration has committed to requiring all students, faculty and staff to complete online diversity, equity and inclusion training sessions through EVERFI this academic year. 

Students were asked to complete the EVERFI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students course by September 30, 2020. Faculty and staff should complete the EVERFI Accommodating Disabilities, Diversity and Inclusion EDU, and New York State mandated Preventing Harassment and Discrimination courses by December 31, 2020. These trainings are being administered by Student Affairs and Human Resources.   

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) also administers the voluntary DEI Allies Training Certificate Program for faculty and staff. All Pratt Officers and Deans will complete the DEI Allies program this academic year.

We have received several inquiries about how the recent Executive Order 13950 issued by the White House on “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” will affect Pratt’s DEI training initiatives. Based on a reading of the Executive Order and review of the content covered in our DEI training offerings, it is not not necessary to alter or modify our training initiatives and all courses will proceed as scheduled. 

We appreciate your continued participation in these training courses to support Pratt’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and goals.

Thank you,

Nsombi B. Ricketts
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Helen Matusow-Ayres
Vice President for Student Affairs

Steven Riccobono 
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources