Diversity Day & Strawberry Festival
Stony Brook University's 23nd Annual Diversity Day will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 12:00pm to 2:30pm at Staller Steps or in the Student Activities Center Auditorium (rain location). This event is part of our campus' traditional annual Strawberry Festival that features a delicious array of strawberry-inspired treats and cultural performances. All interested students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
The Diversity Day Cultural Showcase will highlight inspiring performances by Stony Brook's cultural student groups. Cultural and ethnic-interest student clubs and organizations will have display tables in the SAC Lobby.
Information to purchase online tickets for the Strawberry Festival is available on the Campus Dining (Faculty Student Association) website (scroll down the page). The Strawberry Festival will take place in SAC Ballroom B.
Diversity Day and the Strawberry Festival are co-sponsored by the Faculty Student Association, Office of Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement, and the Undergraduate Student Government.
About Diversity Day and Strawberry Festival
Diversity Day brings individuals of different backgrounds together for a day of celebration and togetherness. Every Spring semester during Stony Brook University's Strawberry Festival, we share the many dimensions of our heritages and lifestyles through music and dance performances, creative arts, and cultural trivia. Diversity Day is a mosaic of all of the aspects of our lives that make us unique and unite us as people!
For more information, please call our office at (631) 632-9912 or send an email to email@example.com.
Diversity Day: A Rich Stony Brook Tradition that Celebrates Diversity
In 1998, the President’s Student Advisory Council on Diversity conceived of having a Diversity Day at Stony Brook University as a way "to create awareness about what diversity is and dispel related misconceptions, help students break down barriers and work together for a common cause, and promote unity and encourage student interaction." (Council Retreat Resolution, 1998). The first Diversity Day was part of the University's 40th anniversary celebration, where there was a week-long series of programming and each day had a particular theme. The last day of the week (Friday, April 24, 1998) was designated as "Diversity Day." The Council organized the event with support from the then Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. The students developed the theme and coordinated related projects to help the campus community appreciate its diversity. Roy Flores, a student leader who was instrumental in organizing Diversity Day, was one of the founders of Diversity Day. A devout Seawolf, Roy served on the Council throughout his undergraduate years and contributed greatly to the success of this Stony Brook tradition.
In 1999, the Council decided to move Diversity Day during Campus Life Time, as a compliment to Stony Brook's annual Strawberry Festival event, which already brought together thousands of students, faculty, and staff. Back then, Diversity Day included information tables, demonstrations, and cultural entertainment. Since 2007, the Office of Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement has worked collaboratively with Stony Brook's many cultural students clubs and organizations to present the annual Diversity Day Cultural Showcase that features main stage performances for all members of our campus community to enjoy.