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Diversity, Inclusion, & Civic Engagement Committee

Division of Campus Residences, Department of Residential Programs

The Diversity, Inclusion, & Civic Engagement Committee (DICE) is comprised of professional staff from the Department of Residential Programs. Through programmatic efforts, training, and education they work to promote diversity and inclusion within the department and their campus partners. The DICE Committee hopes to create a culture of acceptance and equality at Stony Brook University where all feel welcomed and safe. 

Meet the Committee

The DICE Committee leadership team is comprised of nine members. Judy Jaquez, Assistant Director of Schomburg and  West Apartments, in partnership with Rich Sigal, Assistant Director of Roth Quad, work as the Advisors for Diversity Inclusion and Civic Engagement to help advise and guide the committee on their journey. Adam Gray,  Residence Hall Director of Ammann College ,in partnership with Matthew West,   Area Coordinator  of  West III: Apartments G, H, and J, are the Chairs of the committee and  lead the committee and help with it's many initiatives. 

 

 

 
More about the committee
Judy Jaquez - Advisor
My first exposure to exploring diversity didn't come until I was in college taking a Latin American and Caribbean Studies course where I was learning about my own ancestral history. While I was immersed in my own culture growing up, I had never before really reflected on my own identity and how I experienced social-political issues. With one tough professor who pushed his students to resist passive learning and to be curious enough to dig deeper about themselves, and the knowledge they had up until then thought they had mastered about the world, I was exposed to information I had no idea existed. Through this initial contemplation, I began to examine how I fit in the world and where I could learn more. In my own identity development, I began to seek people and experiences- other classes, clubs/organizations, campus events, etc- that further connected me to a deeper understanding of myself and my heritage. While I don't claim to be an expert in diversity, I am fascinated by the human experience, how people develop an identity and how cognitively we process information we see in the world.
 
Adam Gray - Chair
My passion for diversity and inclusion began in college during courses regarding the psychology and sociology of gender and sexual orientation. As I learned more about these topics I also began to join LGBTQIA+ organizations on campus. During my graduate school experience I branched out to learn more about other areas of diversity and inclusion such as race, religion, and socioeconomic status. Throughout my journey with diversity and inclusion I have always been most intrigued with the learning that happens beyond one's own comfort zone as well as the constant changing and individualized manner in which topics or diversity are embraced. 
 
Some Committee Recommended Readings
1. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” is an essay written by Peggy McIntosh and published in Peace and Freedom magazine in 1989. https://www.tolerance.org/classroom.../white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsa...
2. "I Could Hear You If You Would Just Calm Down": Challenging Eurocentric Classroom Norms through Passionate Discussions of Racial Oppression by Eileen O'Brien in Counterpoints, Vol. 273, Identifying Race and Transforming Whiteness in the Classroom (2004), pp. 68-86
3. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld et al
4. Creating Inclusive Campus Environments edited by Shaun Harper
5. Identity and Leadership edited by Alia Fedelina Chavez & Ronnie Sanlo
6.  Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
7. Less than hum an by David Livingstone Smith
8. It's Not Over by Michelangelo Signorile
9. Their Highest Potential by Vanessa Siddle Waler