Browsing: Diversity

Stony Brook University has been selected as one of 24 colleges and universities receiving grants through the Inclusive Excellence initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Schools were selected from 511 pre-proposals submitted in 2015 through multiple rounds of peer review. Each award is for a total of $1 million to be paid over the five years of the grant. The objectives of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative are: (i) to encourage colleges and universities to increase their capacity for inclusion of all students, especially those students who are from underrepresented groups and/or who come to college via “non-traditional” pathways;…

Diversity and inclusion were the themes on June 25 for the 48th Annual New York City LGBTQ Pride March, and Stony Brook representation was in full force for the festivities.     This was the second Pride March in which Stony Brook participated as members of the SUNY contingency, showing the University’s commitment to continue building a community where all are welcome. For the second consecutive year, Stony Brook was ranked among the 50 BEST Colleges for LGBTQ Students by College Choice.  Almost 130 members of the SBU community participated in the festivities, including 73 Stony Brook Marching band members that led…

Stony Brook University once again made the College Choice 50 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities list. The ranking highlights universities like Stony Brook that have a strong history of creating quality programming for the LGBTQ community and committing time and resources to equipping students, faculty and staff with tools that encourage education, support, safety and inclusion campus wide. Stony Brook’s LGBTQ* Services staff provides meaningful programs to help students thrive and to ensure inclusion in every aspect of the University. In addition to these services, the University also has many all-gender restrooms on campus, gender-inclusive housing options, the soon-to-come LGBTQ* Center and…

Stony Brook University has received a five-year, $1 million grant to support diversity and inclusion in STEM education. The funding will be used to create faculty learning communities focused on developing inclusive practices in the classroom and laboratory. The grant, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative, is intended to help increase the capacity of higher education institutions to engage students from diverse ethnic, family and economic backgrounds and nontraditional students such as military veterans, to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. “Stony Brook University has an unwavering commitment to diversity – anchored in our strong…

With United States premieres on its opening and closing nights and the world premiere of a moving documentary by a pair of Long Island brothers, the 22nd annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union promises something for everyone. The festival runs from July 20-29 at the Staller Center for the Arts and features films from 19 foreign countries, as well as more American independent features and shorts than ever before. Twenty features and 16 short films will be screened over 10 days, with each film treated as a special event, shown on one of the region’s…

Marianna Savoca, director of the Career Center, spoke to us about the Center’s long-running commitment to excellence and collaborations with partners on and off campus. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT STONY BROOK? In addition to leading a team to accomplish our “Educate-Prepare-Connect” mission, I keep stakeholders informed about market and industry needs, employer feedback on student competitiveness and strategic priorities. Career development is not an office — it’s an ecosystem. It’s my job to make sure that our ecosystem is filled with committed Seawolves and our extended alumni and employer “families.” WHOM DOES THE CAREER CENTER SUPPORT? As the career service…

The summer enrichment program is opening doors to higher education for children from low-income families — and their parents Stony Brook University’s Freedom School will be back in session for the fifth summer next month, and if the past four years are any indication, children from the Longwood and Wyandanch school districts taking part in the program will come to campus eager to jump into the daily activities centered around the program’s perennial theme: “I can make a difference in myself, my family, my community, my country and my world.” About 30 of the 50 children — called scholars in…

Skye Wiegman ’17 is an exceptional scholar — and person. Whether this graduating senior is expressing the pride she feels for her Native American heritage, focusing on her love of languages, opening up about her creativity or ruminating on her passion for making music, Wiegman, 22, moves through life with quiet dignity, learning as she goes. Watch and listen below as she tells her story. And check out her linguistic skills in a second video.

In a newly established position at Stony Brook University, LeManuel “Lee” Bitsóí has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), effective July 28. As CDO, he will report to Chief Deputy to the President Judith Greiman and will serve on the University Council. Bitsóí is director of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. With more than 20 years of experience in academia, he will provide vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion at Stony Brook, including efforts to conceptualize, assess and cultivate diversity as an institutional and…

Stony Brook’s Kimberly Joy Dixon is a recipient of the 2017 Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Award granted by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). Dixon is Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Diversity Recruitment at Stony Brook’s Career Center. The Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) develops educational programs and creates connections between employers who hope to hire college students, the career services staff who help those students, and the associate members who serve the profession. The Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award honors EACE members who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated innovation in work with diverse populations.…

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