Each month, the Committee to Celebrate Diversity awards two events. The funds granted through the awards are for developing future divserity programs through regular state purchasing procedures. For example, the money can be used to offer an honorarium and travel epenses to a presenter, or to pay for printing and publicity costs for an event.
Below is a list of winning programs and their organizers.
Social Justice Week
RA Abajahani Sealey - Dresier College
This program was a conglomerate of multiple programs strung together to introduce the topic of social justice as well as other diversity and inclusion initiatives. Each day of the week the staff member put together an event to raise awareness and create discussion. Events included a genderbread cookie event, a hunger banquet that focused on socio-economic status, a spoken word event surrounding experiences with social justice, UPD collaboration to discuss the perceptions of police in accordance to recent events and mainstream media, and finally an event that focused on personal pronouns.
Let's Talk About Privilege
RA Veronica Tuazon - Langmuir College
This event was an introduction to social justice concepts and was specifically geared towards first year students. One evaluation of the program stated that "this program had a great impact on students. The activities gave them a sense of self-awareness.
WE ARE AMERICA: HISPANICS AND THE "AMERICAN DREAM"
JAMES COLLEGE HALL COUNCIL
THIS PROGRAM FEAUTURED A PRESENTATION ON THE DISADVANTAGES FACED BY HISPANIC AMERICANS EVERYDAY AND COMBINED MUSIC WITH DANCING BACHATA AND MERENGUE.
Lindsay DeFillipis - Chavez/Tubman
This program hilighted the importance of gender neutral pronouns while painting pottery.
Dreidels, Donuts, and Gelt, Oy Vey!
Robert Presser - Irving
This program educated students on the significance of the Jewish holiday, Chanukah. Traditional games such as "Dreidel" and holiday foods like "Sufganiyot" (jelly donuts) and "Gelt" (chocolate coins) were provided.
Kindness: The Language the Deaf Can See and the Blind Can See
Stanley Toyberman - James College
Students learned what it feels like to be visually or hearing impaired by performing simple everyday tasks, while blindfolded or with earplugs. Then, they watched an episode of the show Switched at Birth that has no sound and is from the point of view of a deaf person, and see how they use sign language to communicate throughout the entire episode.
Rachit Bhatt - Tabler Center
True Colors is a night of exploration of Black culture through performances, discussion, and appreciation. This year we include topics centered around Blackness in America post President Obama, Black LGBTQ intersectionality, and Celebrities/Musicians using their platform to fight for justice and equity as discussed by a panel of faculty/students and other presentations.
Safe Sex Week
Veronica Tuazon - Langmuir
There was a program each night of the week of Valentine's Day that will explore different aspects of sex, sexuality, and healthy relationships.
Empowering Women in Science
Catherine Feldman & Andreas Stamatakis -Tubman /Toscanini
Join renowned astrophysicist Dr. Heidi Newberg, biomedical engineer Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Parodi, and other inspiring Stony Brook professors as they recount the influence of the mentors that empowered them. “Empowering Women in Science” brings together scientists from many fields to discuss issues facing women in science today, and how together we can break through these barriers to create an inclusive world. After these presentations and Q&A panel discussion, both students and faculty will get the chance to mingle over dessert.
Desi Me Rollin
Karizma Chhabra - Sanger
To embrace and share Desi culture with the Stony Brook community, RAs Samiha, Karizma, Erynn, Carrie, Kacper, and Ian organized a fun, Bollywood-filled night. To celebrate Desi culture, they focused on multiple aspects such as food, music, dance, and fashion.
Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who has submitted programs. We appreciate your continuted commitment to celebrating our diversity!