Browsing: Diversity

Stony Brook University (SBU) has received a three-year grant for more than $400,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the University’s decades long commitment to engage underrepresented minorities in the geosciences. The grant will be used to develop the Stony Brook GeoPATH-IMPACT program, which will cultivate STEM education and pathways into the geosciences to increase underrepresented student involvement and experience from high school through community college to 4-year institutions. Led by Professor Brian Colle from Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), this project will: (1) Provide a research experience for community college (CC) students interested in the…

Stony Brook University’s REDI Project has scheduled the first of a series of three-day Training of Facilitators (TOF) sessions, taking place Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25, 2017.  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.  The TOF will enable members of the campus community to learn to co-facilitate future REDI seminars.  Those interested in attending the TOF must have participated in…

In a new article in the Yale Daily News, “The Dark Side of Diversity,” Stony Brook Professor and LDS Faculty Director Todd Pittinsky asks why the media confuses a plus from an ampersand. When Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, announced his “Us + Them” tour, with “a story that’s about whether love trumps everything,” Pittinsky noticed that the media kept calling it the “Us and Them” tour. This struck home because Pittinsky’s recent book, Us Plus Them, was also constantly referred to as Us and Them. In its small way, says Pittinsky, this mistake shows how hard it is for people…

Reaffirming Stony Brook’s commitment to maintaining a safe, civil and equitable community, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, hosted a Town Hall meeting on the University’s Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity on November 30. Along with University administrators and other community members, President Stanley outlined progress toward implementing the plan, which arises out of a University-wide effort to enhance the campus community and in consideration of the persistent issues of inequality in our society. Moderators also responded to questions and heard feedback from an overflow audience. The meeting included updates from several diversity working groups, including Human Resources, Undergraduate Students,…

Stony Brook’s Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) is now located at the Student Activities Center (SAC), Room 310, offering students services and support to address concerns about alcohol and other drugs, and sexual violence, in one unified location. “By integrating our two service departments under one roof, our efforts are better coordinated, and we can deliver better service to our students,” said Smita Majumdar Das, assistant director of CPO. “We’re now located in a high-traffic student area and activity hub, which increases both the visibility and vibrancy of our office.” The new CPO office features an open area with…

For Jessica Flores ’17, the collaborative nature of doing science is compelling — something that’s motivated her from the day she first joined the McKinnon-Rosati research lab in her freshman year through her subsequent research experiences on campus and at BNL. As a result, Jessica was very much in her element this past summer as an REU intern at the European Organization for Nuclear Research at CERN, Switzerland, where she had the opportunity to work alongside scientists from all across the globe, characterizing the spatial trajectories of particles in the Monopole and Other Exotics Detector at the Large Hadron Collider…

On Wednesday, December 7, the Stony Brook campus community will come together for the 16th Annual Festival of Lights, an intercultural program that celebrates the diversity of religions through holiday traditions. The program highlights various faiths, including Christmas/Advent/Three Kings Day (Christian), Hanukkah (Jewish), Ramadan/Eid-ul Fitr/Eid-Adha (Muslim), Diwali (Hindu), Winter Solstice (Native American) and Kwanzaa (African American). Beginning at 6 pm, holiday displays and ethnic food will be featured in the Student Activities Center, Sidney Gelber Auditorium. Participants can make a variety of holiday crafts as part of the Festival’s “Make It, Take It” activities. Then the focus will turn to the main…

Gender-based violence remains a serious challenge to campus safety — and educational opportunity — for students across the globe. As part of Stony Brook’s role as a HeForShe IMPACT University Champion, the University is hosting an Ideathon to generate solutions to help end gender-based violence. The student-run event will be held on Tuesday, December 6, from 5 pm to 8 pm in the LDS Center. All students — undergraduate and graduate — are encouraged to attend and brainstorm ideas. Faculty and staff are also invited to participate and help facilitate discussions. During the event, collaborative teams or individual students will work on…

Two special Town Hall Meetings on the University’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Initiative are scheduled for November 30 and December 14, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD has announced. All community members are encouraged to attend to hear an update and discuss progress on implementation of the University’s Diversity Plan. “I hope you will join me at these discussions and share your views as we work together to make our campus equally welcoming for all,” President Stanley said. The meetings are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, November 30 • 1 pm Charles B. Wang Center CLICK HERE to submit questions. Wednesday, December 14 • 1 pm…

Members of the Stony Brook community gathered on the Academic Mall November 14, expressing love and support for one another by reaffirming the University’s Community Pledge. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students, the “ Reflect. Love. Act.” program invited community members to reflect on the values we should embrace as a community now and moving forward. Over 500 students, faculty and staff took the Community pledge and recorded their responses on Post-It notes, which were brought together as a heart-shaped display in the lobby of the Student Activities Center. Also, hundreds of Community Pledge t-shirts, provided by the Division of Campus Residences,…

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