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Affirmnet: Affirmative Action and Diversity Partner Listserv

The Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook has taken advantage of the information superhighway by developing AffirmNet, the Affirmative Action officer's mailing list. AffirmNet was created IN 1994 to serve as a bulletin board for the exchange of ideas on Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. AffirmNet evolved from our desire to foster communication and interaction between men and women working in the areas of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity at higher educational institutions. This interaction of AA officers provides additional resources to accomplish the objectives of creating greater diversity in the workplace and eliminating past, present, and future discrimination. Today there are over 157 members from across the United States. Our membership is growing every day, and we would like to encourage your participation. AffirmNet messages and postings include the following:

Announcements for job openings and positions
Program announcements
Requests for information about specific issues
Information about methodology and procedures for developing accurate Affirmative Action plans and other reports
Questions, answers and opinions


There is no fee associated with membership to AffirmNet. In order to become a member you need:

To be an Affirmative Action Officer or Staff member related in some way to Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity / Diversity in your organization / department. Membership is limited to those working at higher educational institutions.

To have access to electronic mail (e-mail)


Subscribe in one of two ways:

1. Send an e-mail message to: AFFIRMNET-SERVER@LISTS.SUNYSB.EDU
Be sure that there are no spaces or typographical errors in the address. In the text of the message (not the subject) type:

Subscribe AFFIRMNET [Name of Subscriber]

Once this message has been received, you will receive the message:
"The AFFNET list is not open to automatic subscriptions. Your request is being forwarded to the list owner."

Once the list owner receives your request, you will be required to submit some additional information about yourself and then your request will be processed.

2. If your attempts to subscribe are unsuccessful, send an e-mail message to: Antonio.Ferrantino@stonybrook.edu

The text of the message should state your Name, Title, Department, Organization Name, Full Mailing Address, Phone, Fax, and the E-mail address that you will be using. Your subscription will be processed within one week.

After your subscription is processed, you will receive a welcome message and a summary of instructions.


You can send messages to all subscribers by sending an e-mail message to our list address:

This is called "sending mail to the list" because you send mail to a single address and the LISTSERV computer system that organizes our list makes copies of your message and sends it to all subscribers. If you send any other commands to that address, they would be distributed to all subscribers, so you must be careful to use the correct address.

Respond to a message that you have received in the same way. If you use your e-mail system's "reply" or "answer" function you will receive an error message and your response will not be sent.

If you do not want the entire list to receive your response, make note of the author's e-mail address and respond to them directly.


To leave the list at any time, send a message to:
In the text of your message type:
Signoff AFFNET
For More Information please Contact:
The Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action at SUNY at Stony Brook. The list managers are:
Antonio Ferrantino
Lin Wu Tiedemann
We look forward to having you join our list.

We hope that many of you will consider assisting us in developing this concept by taking advantage of this opportunity to share ideas. We look forward to having you join our list.