Browsing: Diversity

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…

Before graduating from Stony Brook University in May, Ruchi Shah ’16 invented an all-natural mosquito repellent, became the CEO of her own company, made the American Association for Cancer Research’s top ten college cancer researchers, was the youngest speaker ever at the Forbes Women’s Summit, gave a TEDxSBU talk, and made Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2016. And now she’s been to the White House. Ruchi attended The United State of Women, a White House Summit held on June 14 in Washington, DC. This vital Summit brought together 5,000 leaders from around the world to celebrate achievements in gender equality issues…

“I can’t really imagine my four years at SB without research,” reflects Andrew Seunghyun Lee. “I spent most of my time doing research. And the only reason I did was because I really loved it. Around sophomore year, I was so involved with research that I knew that this was something that I could do for the rest of my life. I just love it.” Andrew will graduate with a B.S. (Honors) in Psychology in August 2016. While at SB, he has been active in 3 different research groups in Psychology, including those of Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung, Dr. Brenda Anderson, and…

A highlight of Stony Brook’s 2016 Commencement ceremony was student speaker Danielle Meyers, who entered Stony Brook via the Foster Care system and is now graduating with a BSW. She will enter the graduate program in Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare with advanced standing in the fall. President Stanley praised Meyers’ academic achievements and commitment to EOP/AIM and other Stony Brook programs devoted to social mobility. A talented spoken word artist, Meyers spoke to the Class of 2016 in verse, asking them to “reflect on their freshman state of mind” and consider how far they have come, and have yet to go. Here’s…

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…

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