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Honoring diversity and emphasizing technology and comfort, Stony Brook’s newest state-of-the-art student facilities were officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 22, 2017. Chávez and Tubman Residence Halls and the East Side Dining facility are fully equipped to provide a modern and convenient student life experience, as well as a safe and inclusive environment. “Stony Brook strives to create an environment that welcomes all,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “This new complex was designed not simply to house and feed students, but to give them a space where they can engage as part of the…

The Office of Global Affairs and the Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication invite you to a Global Forum, Intercultural Communication: Understanding Our Global Campus, on Wednesday, March 1, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. The Global Forum offers a venue for Stony Brook faculty, staff and students to debate and comment on contemporary global issues. This forum will feature keynote remarks from Agnes He, Professor and Chair of Asian and Asian American Studies and Director of the Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication. Jun Liu, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, will moderate a cross-disciplinary panel including…

Stereotype and Identity Threat: Toward a Science of Diverse Community Claude M. Steele is a social psychologist and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He has also served in several major academic leadership positions: for the past two years as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley, the three years prior as the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University from 2011–2014, and before that as the 21st Provost of Columbia University. Steele has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,…

How Stony Brook Pays Off its Promise to Transform Lives Finding ways to enable upward income mobility, one of the defining issues of our time, is a pinnacle of achievement for many institutions of higher learning. Removing the obstacles to a quality education isn’t just a moral mandate for colleges and universities — it’s become a necessity. A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward income mobility for students from low-income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,…

As she completes the finishing touches on her honors thesis, Diana Hernandez remarks: “It’s the first big paper that I’ve ever done like this. And it was a really incredible experience!” On track to graduate with honors in Comparative Literature in May 2017, Diana is completing an honors thesis that focuses on a 1933 work written by Salvadoran author Salarrué called Cuentos de Barro (Tales of Clay), a collection of folktales about the everyday lives of El Savador’s “campesinos” or impoverished farmers. Working under the mentorship of Professor Timothy August of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Diana…

To mark Black History Month, Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” is releasing two new video interviews highlighting the importance of African-American Studies in higher education. Scholars John H. Bracey, Jr and James E. Smethurst are the two latest luminaries giving thoughtful, compelling interviews, featured on a browsable website as well as a Youtube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office of Marketing and Communications,  spotlights the university’s role in global thought leadership. Interview subjects are affiliated with or have visited the campus for student and community enrichment events and…

Gender-based violence remains a serious concern for students across the globe. As part of Stony Brook’s commitment to fostering gender equality, the university hosted a HeForShe Ideathon in December 2016 for students to brainstorm solutions to end gender-based violence on college campuses. In 2015, Stony Brook joined with UN Women’s HeForShe solidarity movement as one of 10 University IMPACT Champions committed to taking bold game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. The Ideathon is one of many ways in which the University has engaged students to talk about the issues and share ideas. At the student-run…

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Black History Month is an annual tradition that celebrates the African American experience. Here at Stony Brook, we have a rich and diverse African American history that ranges from notable alumni, government officials, artists, athletes and guest speakers to hosting some of the top African American musicians.

Following is a list of some fascinating facts you might not know about Stony Brook’s Black History:

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Sonia Sanchez

1. Last year’s Black History Month celebration included influential leaders of the African American movement. Poet, playwright and activist Sonia Sanchez delivered the opening statement at the 2016 Black History Month ceremony. She has received countless accolades such as the PEN Writing Award, the Langston Hughes Poetry Award and the Robert Frost Medal. Social justice leader Yusef Salaam was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Closing Ceremony. He is one of the “Central Park Five,” a group of five teenagers who spent years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. 

At Stony Brook University, one of 62 research universities in the American Association of Universities, we’ve focused on attracting and supporting economically disadvantaged students who have great potential but who may not have excelled at a low-performing high school. And we’ve built an array of programs to assist them in a comprehensive way. (See: Stanford Study: Stony Brook Creates Upward Income Mobility For Low Income Students) First, our Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) offers services to economically disadvantaged students with potential to succeed in college but didn’t receive adequate academic preparation in high school. In addition to extra tutoring,…

A Stony Brook University education provides a proven path toward upward mobility for students from low-income households, according to a new study led by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Entitled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, the report ranks Stony Brook among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation whose students begin college at the bottom fifth of income distribution and then go on to earn in the top three-fifths of income distribution. According to the study, “51% of students from the bottom quintile reach the top quintile at Stony Brook. Because 16%…

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