PLATTSBURGH –– SUNY Plattsburgh will host the fourth-annual CommUNITY Night at the Pond Friday, Aug. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at Hawkins Pond.

Organizers said they hope to see members of the community involved to “help bridge the gap between students and the larger community in which they now live. We hope positive interactions at the beginning of the year will set the foundation for respectful relations all year.” Classes began Monday, Aug. 26 at the college.

The night will include music, entertainment, food trucks and a banner professing “I love Plattsburgh because …” with room for participants to write on. Speakers include Mayor Colin Read, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Officer in Charge Josee Larochelle, Student Association President Essence Hightower and Dr. Michelle Cromwell, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, among others.

“As we strive for unity at CommUNITY Night, let us never forget that unity is the end, and that the pathway is equity,” Cromwell said. “If we can develop and be committed to a deep and sophisticated understanding of bias, discrimination and oppression in all its forms, we will be closer to the goal of unity. I am encouraged that we are beginning the semester’s journey by reaching hands across the table to unite the college and wider community.”

For more information, contact Cori Jackson, assistant vice president for student life, at 518-564-4830 or email

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