Lorraine Lopez-Janove, most recently the executive director of Human Rights for Sullivan County, has been hired to jointly serve as the chief diversity officer for SUNY Orange, SUNY Sullivan and SUNY Ulster, the three college presidents announced today.
Capitalizing on the distinct demographics of each county, Lopez-Janove will be asked to provide leadership and vision to the three presidents in the delivery of a comprehensive range of services, policies, and procedures related to equity, diversity and inclusiveness. She will assist the colleges in meeting the needs of each of their diverse student, faculty and staff populations, while at the same time helping to strengthen existing teaching, learning and working environments where all are welcomed and offered the opportunity to succeed.
She will begin her new duties on Sept. 5 and will report to the three presidents as part of a shared leadership arrangement developed by the colleges in response to a State University of New York initiative to expand and strengthen diversity and inclusiveness at each of the system’s 64 campuses.
“Lorraine brings to the higher education landscape a great depth and breadth of knowledge with regard to equality and diversity. She possesses administrative and programmatic experience, both of which will be essential to her role,” says SUNY Sullivan Acting President Jay Quaintance. “Lorraine’s work for the County of Sullivan and her knowledge of the demographics of the mid-Hudson area will serve her well as she promotes dialogue, advances agendas, and initiates change among the faculty, staff and students at all three colleges.”
“I believe quite strongly that pooling the resources of the three colleges has allowed us to hire a true expert in the field, someone who has devoted her own education and professional life to this field,” explains Dr. Kristine Young, president of SUNY Orange. “The communities at our respective colleges will absolutely benefit from Lorraine’s expertise and knowledge. Forward-thinking partnerships like this allow us to harness our collective strengths here in the Hudson Valley in addressing the needs of our institutions, employees and students.”
“We are deeply appreciative of SUNY’s leadership and vision for diversity and inclusivity within our college communities. Having a chief diversity officer in place will greatly benefit our colleges and will underscore each of our commitments to continuing to foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for everyone to succeed at each of our respective institutions,” added Dr. Alan P. Roberts, SUNY Ulster president.
Lopez-Janove has served as Sullivan County’s executive director of human rights since April 2016. In that capacity, she was dedicated to fostering mutual understanding and self-respect among all racial, religious, age and ethnic groups in the county, while at the same time working to eliminate prejudice and discrimination.
She collaborated with community organizations, county departments, law enforcement personnel, businesses, individuals, labor organizations and religious groups to build consensus and support for the Human Rights Commission’s efforts.
Prior to joining the Sullivan County staff, Lopez-Janove spent 25 years within the education sector, building experience as a teacher, program manager and administrator. She was a senior project associate at the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality at New York University from 2010-2016, where she worked more than 60 NYS schools cited for disproportionality of minorities in special education and/or suspension. Her role was to help the districts develop culturally responsive policies, practices, administrators and curriculum.
From 2006-2010, she served as program manager of the New York State’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, providing regulatory guidance, technical assistance and professional development to teachers and administrators in more than 165 centers across the state.
Additionally, Lopez-Janove taught ESL, GED and computer classes at Orange-Ulster BOCES for 14 years (1991-2005) and spent one year as an elementary school teacher in the Fallsburg Central School District.
She is a dual graduate of Marist College, having earned her bachelor’s degree in human services (minor in public administration) and her master’s degree in public administration. Lopez-Janove also has a NYS secondary teaching certification in business and marketing.