Browsing: Diversity

Stony Brook’s newly revised Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity is final, and with it, the University reaches a new level in enhancing diversity and fostering a more inclusive community on campus. Building this plan was a community effort. In March, all Stony Brook students, faculty and staff were invited to share feedback on a draft plan. More than 120 thoughtful suggestions were received, and served a crucial role in developing a comprehensive plan. Implementing the plan will involve the Stony Brook community as well. Campus leaders and representatives from various areas of the University form a steering committee, an advisory…

As part of her research, Nusnin Akter is developing chemicals to speed up the reduction of nitric oxide emissions from diesel engines. But she also teaches and volunteers in the community with the hope diversifying the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.      “I want other women and underrepresented minorities to get involved in research and for them to realize that they are not alone and can succeed in STEM fields,” said Akter, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering at Stony Brook University and performing research at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at…

Stony Brook graduate student Erwing Alouidor is responding to the devastating earthquake that hit his homeland Haiti in 2010 by starting A Helping Hand for Haiti. “My sister and I survived the earthquake, and we witnessed the living conditions of our already fragile land become progressively worse,” he explained. “We developed a strong interest in giving back to and helping our country, and after volunteering in the summers of 2013 and 2014, we realized more needed to be done.” With the support of family and friends, they started A Helping Hand for Haiti, which strives to help hospitals in Haiti…

College was the last thing on Jonathan Conyers’ mind. He grew up in the Bronx, the youngest of five children. His older brother, an army reservist stationed in Virginia, took custody of Conyers when he was 16 because his parents weren’t in a position to take care of him. Conyers says drug abuse and illnesses in his family — multiple sclerosis, COPD and diabetes — made his living environment untenable and prompted the move south. In 2012, while he was attending his junior year of high school and working full-time, he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. He quickly packed…

Howie Klein ’69 was honored with the 2016 Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) Distinguished Advocate Award on April 26, 2016, for his $1 million gift for scholarships. The gift will assist Stony Brook University students who pursue careers in public service, specifically for those involved with EOP/AIM. The annual awards ceremony also recognized 250 EOP/AIM students who went far beyond in regard to their contributions to campus life and for their continued academic excellence. Klein’s gift will count toward the Campaign for Stony Brook’s $75 million scholarship goal.

Two eminent Americans, former US Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, will receive honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 56th annual Commencement ceremony, to be held May 20, 2016. The conferral of these degrees underscores the University’s ongoing commitment to diversity, social justice and public service. “This is a remarkable distinction for the class of 2016, to be joined by individuals who personify what Stony Brook embraces — the relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to make a real difference,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “Eric Holder embodies the progress and…

Reflecting Stony Brook’s commitment to diversity and social justice, the Student Activities Center became a pop-up city of LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies for the Northeast LGBT College Conference during the first weekend in April. Schools from all over the Northeast region visited campus for a weekend of workshops, speakers, performances, networking and celebration. The conference officially kicked off Friday, April 1,  with an opening plenary that began with a warm welcome from Dr. Timothy Ecklund, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Affairs. During the plenary session, poets Regie…

“Drawing Diversity to Academia,” a panel discussion sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), featured an array of  experts from Stony Brook University and beyond in an April 18 evening event. The session was designed to discuss opportunities, best practices and novel ideas for increasing the participation and success of underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields.  Participants included IACS Director Robert Harrison, who chaired the event, as well as Dennis Assanis, Provost, SBU; Noel Blackburn, Manager, University Relations and DOE Programs, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Frances Brisbane, Vice President for Health Sciences Workforce Diversity, SBU; Carlos Medina, Chief Diversity…

Centuries ago in Japan, taiko (big) drums, were used to motivate troops on the battlefield. Today Taiko is used in peaceful Shinto and Buddhist rituals, like those celebrating Earth Day at Stony Brook’s annual Earthstock festival taking place this year on April 22. With help from her fellow enthusiasts, biology Professor Joan Miyazaki began building taiko drums in 1998 and soon members of Soh Daiko, New York’s premier taiko group, and other taiko leaders came to campus to train Stony Brook’s fledgling Taiko Tides club member the essence of this art. Miyazaki remained the Taiko Tides advisor until 2002, at which…

As one of 10 IMPACT University champions for the United Nation’s HeForShe Solidarity Movement, Stony Brook University and its President have committed to taking bold, life-changing action to achieve gender equality on its campus and beyond. On March 3 and 4, 2016, Stony Brook University hosted the first SUNY-wide HeForShe Gender Equality Conference, with more than 130 attendees and 26 State University of New York campuses represented. The conference featured several keynote presentations, panel discussions and small group workshops aimed at finding ways to move the gender equality movement forward in all aspects of university life across the SUNY system.…

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