Browsing: Diversity

The UNITI Cultural Center (UCC) held its open house on Wednesday, September 20, encouraging students to check out the space and discuss diversity on campus over coffee and cookies. “I want people to understand that this is a place where you can just ‘be,’” said Jarvis M. Watson, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, while addressing the crowd of students, faculty and staff attending the event. The UCC was established in 1978 by a council of representatives from Stony Brook’s Black and Latino organizations, joined by Black and Latino faculty and staff. The space promotes inclusiveness while continuing to acknowledge its…

Stony Brook undergraduates were among a diverse group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who attended the Computational Science Initiative (CSI) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory this past summer. CIS is part of an initiative aimed at enhancing diversity in the field of computer science. “To address challenges in science, we need to bring together the best minds available,” said CSI Director Kerstin Kleese van Dam. “Great talents are rare but can be found among all groups, so we reach out to the broadest talent pools in search of our top researchers at every education level…

The Stony Brook University Responding to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  (R.E.D.I.) Project will be holding five upcoming six-hour diversity seminars this October and is now accepting participants via registration.  Dates include October 16th, 19th, 24th, 27th and 30th. The REDI Project, an extension of the the Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, provides the opportunity for administrators, faculty and staff to attend a six-hour diversity seminar, geared toward increasing the understanding and celebration of the cultures that contribute to our diverse campus community. Please note that registration will be capped at 20 participants on a first come, first served basis. You may register…

Computer Science doctoral candidates Mahsa Torkaman, Mina Abbasi Dinani and Laraib Iqbal Malik each earned a scholarship from the Anita Borg Institute and will attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC17) — the world’s largest computing event for women. The three students will represent Stony Brook University along with eight other students who will attend GHC17 supported by funding from the Department of Computer Science. The Orlando-based event will be held October 4 through October 6. Torkaman, who hails from Iran, was recommended for the prestigious scholarship by her advisor, Professor Allen Tannenbaum. “Mahsa excels as a…

Hear Jeremy Dennis ‘13 speak about his art on Wednesday, September 20th as part of the “Race, Love and Labor” exhibition at Stony Brook’s Zuccaire Gallery. Fine art photographer, Stony Brook alumnus and Shinnecock Nation member Jeremy Dennis ‘13 uses his creativity and craft to send a strong message to Americans of all origins — that indigenous people, their places and their culture deserve true representation in our postcolonial country. “My work is about improving our perception of indigenous people — both their identity and their history,” Jeremy said. “Art is so important because you can talk about anything through…

A recent article in the Daily News features Kimberly Alcequiez and Xavier Roberson — both are single mothers who came from foster care. They are also undergraduate students at Stony Brook University living in campus housing with their children. Alcequiez plans to first become a paralegal and then a lawyer or lawmaker, while Roberson wants to become a doctor. The two young women are achieving their goals of attending college through the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in which both students are enrolled. EOP helps disadvantaged youth obtain educational opportunities. As stated in…

Stony Brook University has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support a national program housed at Stony Brook that will expand educational courses connecting indigenous knowledge to science. The program will also help advance partnerships between educators and indigenous populations. The grant funds a National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) program, “Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous Knowledge to Science,” which will help to establish and advance robust partnerships between indigenous populations and educators to improve undergraduate educational outcomes for students, as well as promote cultural understanding. Eliza Reilly, NCSCE executive director and a research professor…

Lee Bitsóí, EdM, EdD, joined Stony Brook University as our first Chief Diversity Officer on July 28, 2017. Dr. Bitsóí, proud member of the Navajo Nation, arrives with a distinguished background of more than 20 years in academia, working in leadership roles related to student diversity and recruitment at Harvard, Dartmouth, and most recently, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. As he continues his dedicated career at Stony Brook, Dr. Bitsóí shared his thoughts about the importance of diversity in education, and his plans to further enhance the equity, inclusivity and diversity of our campus community. As Stony Brook’s first…

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…

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