Excellence, Diversity & Inclusion: Making the University & World Work Better for
A diversity of people and ideas, together with a climate that fosters the inclusion of
that diversity in shaping the very fabric of what we do, is essential for excellence in
research, learning and teaching, and service to our community, nation and world.
Stony Brook University has come a long way in enhancing diversity, as evidenced by
the “Portal to Diversity Programs” and the many other important efforts throughout our University. Our work is not done—and never will be finished! With
a clear recognition of both the influence of the past on present conditions and the
challenges ahead, we, like other universities, must nurture diverse talents across such
areas as natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, humanities, and business.
We must be vigilant in recognizing potential, in creating a community of scholars, and in
developing leaders that will use holistic approaches to address problems and issues.
Stony Brook University has been very successful in creating communities, aided
by substantial peer learning and social support, to enhance the success of
underrepresented groups. Within the next five years, our University will build on
these successes to address several areas:
broaden participation in undergraduate
and graduate programs, with special attention to understanding the factors that
support or hinder student success in selected disciplines,
grow the participation of
underrepresented groups among the faculty and professional staff,
campus climate so that current members and future members excel. To achieve our
aims, our University will expand its scholarship in diversity and inclusion, use its lessons
learned from over three decades of diversity work, and continue to explore promising