The Calendar to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Stony Brook University will promote inclusive communities by raising awareness around a diverse set of identities and issues, while striving to maintain a socially just environment for students, staff, and faculty. The Calendar will focus on programming efforts and community participation and engagement to ensure that every group is being heard, validated, represented, and supported.
Each month is devoted to recognizing and honoring the culture, traditions, contributions, and struggles of identity groups that have historically experienced oppression.
Browse our website to see the various ways Stony Brook has celebrated diversity, and to learn how you can, too!
Diversity Film Series Presents
Originally a recipient of the Presidential Mini Grant, the Diversity Film Series highlights issues of diversity that span race, religion, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and age. Now in its second year, the amount of topics covered has become more comprehensive and the connections with other departments and student groups has been expanded. The Diversity Film Series aims to foster an inclusive environment and promote student growth through thought- provoking dialogue.
In fulfillment of the Stony Brook University’s Diversity Plan, these spaces often serve as places where SBU arts and humanities majors are promoted as viable pathways into careers that combat injustice.
Furthermore, as acknowledged in the Stony Brook Diversity Plan, implicit bias remains
a pervasive problem in our society. Therefore, we do our part in mitigating implicit
bias by highlighting its insidious nature and harmful consequences.
By raising awareness about the ways in which implicit bias infiltrates institutions, the Diversity Film Series promotes tolerance and social justice. Lastly, the Diversity Film Series encourage students to learn about different cultures and helps provide the tools to possess cultural competency.
The Diversity Film Series is a popular extra credit opportunity among faculty.
News & Events
Diversity Film Series Presents: A Conversation on Mass Incarceration
Moderated by Fatima Henry
Feb 6 @ 6pm in Tabler 104
Black History Month Opening Ceremony
Q&A with Bravo's Top Chef Kwame Onwuachi and performances by student groups Cadence
Step Team and Stony Brook Gospel Choir
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
1-2:30 pm, SAC Ballroom A
Black Lives Matter Under The Lens Panel Discussion and Photo Exhibit
Faculty, students, activists, and photographer join in a panel discussion about Black Lives Matter protests in New York and Long Island. Location: Frank Melville Library, Central Reading Room
Moderated by Chris Sellers: Director, Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy
Marcus Brown: Advanced Graduate Student in Philosophy, Black Lives Matter Activist at Stony Brook
Rob Gerhardt: Photographer, “Mic Check”
Zebulon Miletsky: Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
Monday, February 11 in Melville Library @ 4:00pm
Trap and Paint with the Black Student Union
This event will bring students together for an evening of history, creativity and fun with a paint night dedicated to the remembrance of prominent Black figures/moments in history. Students would be able to laugh, dance and enjoy contemporary music (Hip-Hop, Soca, Afrobeats, etc) while they painted. We would also be fundraising for the charity Art of Africa, a charity that supplies art supplies to educational institutions in Africa. Donation is optional.
Monday, February 11 in GLS @ 8:30pm
Black Table Talk (BHM and House of Shade)
A meaningful round table discussion about issues that face the Black Community locally, nationally, globally. Join us in the LGBTQ* Center (Above West Side Dining) conference room.
Tuesday, Feb 12 in the LGBTQ* Center @ 7:30pm
Cocktails & Canvases: Paint Night w/ Virgin Beverages
Enjoy a night of painting and virgin beverages as we create an abstract Afrocentric skyscape piece. Hosted and instructed by Eric Coffey Jr. (ALA in Chapin)
Feb 13 @ 8pm in Chapin MPR
Green Dot Training
Green Dot is a strategy for preventing forms of power-based personal violence, such as rape and sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment, and stalking.
Feb 16 @ 6pm in SAC 305
The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the
warning signs of relationship abuse.
Feb 20 @ 6pm in SAC 305
Do You have an upcoming event? Have it appear on our calendar, by clicking here. Please note that we have open submissions so feel free to submit events far in advance.
Congratulations to Jarvis Watson Ed.D., who is now serving as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Diversity Film Series Presents
Students watching & engaging with the documentary on Kalief Browder
Students Engage with Black History Month through Bulletin Boards
Schick Office Assistant Noshin Latif created this interactive bulletin board to empower residents to share what "Black History Month Means to Them". She included powerful and thought provoking quotes from prominent historical figures. She also included a time line of black history in the U.S. noting specific milestones in the civil rights movement through the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. Other students engaged with this interactive pieceby filling it with personal expressions of what Black History Month means to them; this really created a visual for how important it is to our students that we recognize and appreciate culture and history.