Our Culture

Why We Work, How We Work

Ask us about our culture and you’ll probably recognize a few common themes:


Transparency at every level is central to all we do, whether it’s open communication with our students to making sure that all students, instructors, staff, and all members are kept informed about the College’s plans. We believe everyone has a voice.


Every one of us is united in our commitment to our students and that means we’ve built a culture with a lack of ego and departmental hierarchy. We’re one team working toward one goal.


We also genuinely enjoy each other’s company! We love to acknowledge our team with employee awards celebrating longevity, volunteerism, and our shared hard work. There are also opportunities to join clubs and committees, and to participate in special events throughout the year.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Celebrating 20 years in 2022, the President’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PCDEI) is made up of volunteers from throughout the College, who assist and advise the President and college leadership in its efforts to ensure Excelsior is meeting the needs of those we serve and reflecting the society in which we live.

Excelsior knows that the strength of an inclusive culture comes from the power of a diverse community and actively works to foster a sense of belonging for students, instructors, employees, and all members of its worldwide community.

Acknowledging that true diversity, equity and inclusion takes constant cultivating, Excelsior strives to integrate these dynam ic concepts into all aspects of the College, including through the recruitment of students, faculty, and staff; curriculum development; volunteerism; and participation in educational programs, trainings, events and celebrations.

Giving Back

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Excelsior students come from all over the world, but we’re especially proud that a large percent come from right here in the Capital Region. That’s why we’re always looking for opportunities to give back.

Excelsior employees receive paid volunteer time off every year to use supporting their community in any way they choose. They can also participate in the dozens of volunteer opportunities our Community Engagement Committee coordinates throughout the year with local organizations.

In 2020, Excelsior employees donated their time, and over $35,000 of their own money, to the American Heart Association, Veterans and Community Housing Coalition, Equinox, Regional Food Bank, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, and to scholarship for Excelsior students.