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A message from the Interim Chief Diversity Officer:

Jarvis WatsonAs part of Stony Brook’s unwavering commitment to supporting an inclusive campus community, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) plays an active role in advancing many of the University’s initiatives outlined in the Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

The role of the CDO is twofold — to provide the vision and leadership needed to promote an inclusive culture at Stony Brook, including guiding efforts to conceptualize, assess and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource.

Reporting to the Chief Deputy to the President, the CDO serves on the University Council. 

The CDO’s primary objective is to engage community members through active listening and dialogue, addressing the challenges and experiences of others with whom they interact and differ— regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, veteran status or ability. 

By working with the campus community, the CDO seeks to develop a climate that empowers all members — one that fosters collaboration and initiates practices and policies that effect positive institutional change. With renewed energy and strategic focus, Stony Brook’s students, faculty and staff can serve as a model for infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into areas as varied as research, recruitment, retention, employment practices and training — all while contributing to larger society.

Please visit our website for upcoming events, discussions and highlights featuring members of our campus community.

Jarvis M. Watson, Ed.D.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Stony Brook University