Browsing: Diversity

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.…

Stony Brook University is quickly moving forward in implementing the campus Diversity Plan. Included in the comprehensive document are opportunities for building the sense of community for our students and employees as well as the surrounding neighbors. In response, the University is launching a special event this fall, Stony Brook CommUniversity Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 on the Academic Mall. CommUniversity Day is a free campus-wide Open House designed to showcase the best of the Stony Brook campus community for the public and to build better campus and community relations. Through this event, the University seeks to provide…

Through an array of resources and a wealth of sympathetic human beings, Stony Brook University rolls out the welcome mat for international students. For most students, orientation serves as the bridge to their newfound academic milieu. And who better to mentor new international students than their established predecessors? International Student Ambassadors (ISAs), such as Dubai transplant Vanessa Cornelia ’18, volunteer to receive rigorous training to help new international students during orientation week. “We are taught all of the available resources on campus to help them with any questions they might have,” she says. “The fact that I could empathize with…

Stony Brook University and one of its most talented students made history on the weekend of April 21-22 as Ju Hyeon Han became the first blind singer to be cast in a leading role in an American conservatory or university opera production. The production was Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, a challenging work undertaken by Stony Brook Opera and staged at the Staller Center Main Stage on April 22 and 23. Ju Hyeon, who is in her fourth year of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree, took on the major role of Female Chorus, which “speaks”…

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