Browsing: Diversity

Fresh from her visit to the White House as a juror for the March on Washington Film Festival, Associate Director of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Film program Magdalene Brandeis will be cohosting a panel on Women’s Equality Day, following a screening of the documentary Equal Means Equal. The screening will be held at the Greenport Theatre on Front Street on Friday, August 26, at 3 pm. Cohosting the panel with Brandeis will be New York Times Culture Desk reporter Robin Pogrebin, who covers art, auctions and architecture for the Times. Equal Means Equal has been described as “an unflinching look at…

Stony Brook University welcomes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, for a Presidential Lecture on Monday, September 12, at the Staller Center for the Arts at 4 pm. All are welcome to attend Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s talk, followed by a lively discussion between her and President Stanley about achieving gender equality and defeating gender-based discrimination and violence on college campuses and across the globe. Students, faculty and staff can also submit questions in advance that the speaker will answer as time permits (see stonybrook.edu/heforshe for details). You may also tweet a question using #SBU4Equality. Ms.…

Their paths into medicine are varied and inspiring – this is the Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2020. All 132 incoming students officially began their training with the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony on August 14. At the event the students received the physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The students hail from New York State, seven other states, and from around the world. They represent 70 undergraduate schools, have a collective grade point average of 3.70 and an average MCAT score in the 86 percentile. Only 8.3 percent of the…

This summer, Lydia Senatus ‘17 took her passion for international studies, as well as her academic and professional development to another level. She has just returned from a month-long study abroad experience in Wuhan, China, led by Ambassador Harsh Bhasin, visiting professor of political science. The program was organized by both International Academic Programs and the Confucius Institute. Like most students pursuing an overseas academic experience, Lydia was initially concerned about finances. In addition to the funding provided to program participants by the Chinese government, Lydia applied for and received the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which is funded…

President Stanley and students Bridget Foley and Tayisha R. Saint Vil are ready to share Stony Brook’s experiences in advancing gender equality at one of the biggest, most innovative education conferences in the world — SXSWedu in Austin, Texas. Your vote will help them make it to the big stage. Here’s how to vote — It only takes 3 minutes. 1. Create a SXSW PanelPicker account and log in at: https://auth.sxsw.com/users/sign_up 2. View our proposal at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/65367 3. Click the “thumbs up” icon at the top of our proposal page “With your vote, our students and President Stanley will have the opportunity to…

Promoting social and economic mobility takes many forms at Stony Brook University. To be sure, programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) were created specifically to help students who are economically disadvantaged, yet there are academic divisions on campus offering initiatives serving that same purpose — even though it is not their primary function. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is one such example. Since its formation in the 1990s, CAS has played a major role in Stony Brook’s growing national and international reputation through its humanities and fine arts, life sciences, physical sciences and…

In her very timely first book, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016), Lori Flores, assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University, analyzes the struggle for civil and labor rights in California’s Salinas Valley from the 1940s to the present. As she gives a history of how Mexican communities fought for equality, Flores offers crucial insights about today’s growing U.S. Latino demographic, the ongoing campaign for farmworker justice and future immigration policy. Flores talks about her book in Process: A Blog for American History. When asked if Grounds for Dreaming speaks to modern debates…

Stony Brook University has placed seventh on a nationwide list of the most diverse campuses in the country. BestColleges.com, an online resource analyzing trends in higher education, used data from the Department of Education in partnership with data studio Priceonomics to rank top colleges and universities according to racial and ethnic diversity. The level of diversity was classified using the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (HHI), a calculation that measures diversity in a variety of settings. Of universities ranked in the top 100 for academics by U.S. News and World Report, Stony Brook placed seventh, the highest ranking for any SUNY institution. Five racial/ethnic categories were used to quantify diversity, as identified in the…

Haley Wodarczyk ’16 always knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure how best to translate her inclinations into meaningful action.. Her mother had acted as her role model, volunteering for organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Big Brothers Big Sisters. But Haley yearned to travel her own path, and Stony Brook showed the way. “It was definitely the right choice for me,” she said. “Going away from home (East Syracuse, New York) and being exposed to such a diverse new environment made me grow tenfold,” said Haley. “The diversity is what I love the most. I’ve learned so much…

More than 90 members of the Stony Brook University community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff, marched together on June 26 as part of the SUNY contingency to celebrate the LGBTQ community and express solidarity for the victims in Orlando. The SUNY float had more than 300 representatives from many SUNY institutions that marched to the rhythm of the Stony Brook Marching Band. The Band played popular songs that tied in the theme of inclusion and acceptance — “We R Who We R” by Ke$ha and “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga — and the Color Guard featured flags in…

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