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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 2015:

Charles L. Robbins, DSW, LCSW
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges

Charles Robbins is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the  Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean at the University’s School of Social Welfare and chairperson of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness. He was the faculty advisor for the undergraduate Community Service Living Learning Center and the Leadership Development Living Learning Center. Dr. Robbins was the Director of Social Work Services at Stony Brook University Hospital and former co-chair of their institutional ethics committee.  He has a faculty appointment in the Graduate Program in Public Health in the School of Medicine. He is a past President and member of the Board of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Dr. Robbins is an official NGO delegate to the United Nations representing the International Association of Schools of Social Work. He was the social work representative to the American Public Health Association and a member of the Board of Directors of BiasHelp, Long Island. He was recently appointed to the Leadership Council of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 

Dr. Robbins was recently named a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Robbins' areas of professional interest and research include social justice, health, gender, complementary and alternative medicine, health care disparities, international public health, violence as a public health problem, violence between intimate partners and cultural competency. Dr. Robbins is a frequent speaker at local, national and international conferences. He has authored many articles, just completed a text chapter and is currently working on a book.


Keynote Speakers 2014:

Casey McGloin & Beth McGuire-Fredericks

Casey McGloin, MPH, earned her B.A. in writing from Ithaca College in August 2007. She then took some time to travel, teaching English at a private language school and a university in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from Stony Brook University’s Program in Public Health in January 2012 and began working thereafter for the program on its re-accreditation efforts through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). She is currently the Assistant Director of Stony Brook’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, in which capacity she works on various community engagement and leadership development activities within and outside of the Stony Brook community. These activities include the establishment of a campus food pantry in September 2013 and ongoing supervision of the pantry, and a collaboration with a community outreach organization to offer an educational program for low income and minority students in the community. Her professional interests include planning, implementing, and evaluating community health projects; nutrition; and writing.

Beth McGuire-Fredericks, MALS, earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stony Brook University in May 1996. She earned her Master’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in substance abuse education and prevention from Stony Brook University in May 1997 and worked as a Residence Hall Director in the Environmental Studies Living Learning Center.  She left the University in 2000 to pursue career opportunities at New York University where she furthered her education in the areas of Hotel Management and First Year Experience Initiatives. She returned to SBU in 2009  and  is currently the Assistant Director for Student Housing with the Department of Campus Residences under Student Affairs.  Additionally she Chairs the Civic Engagement Committee, working on a myriad of initiatives including, voter registration, blood donation, sustainability, food insecurity, and University charity initiatives working with communities both local and abroad.  Through her research on food insecurity and college students she worked to establish the SBU Food Pantry ( which opened its doors in September 2013.   She continues to commit herself to the success of this program as well as its general supervision. Her professional interests include social justice, inclusivity, gender studies and environmental studies.  Her personal interests include, art,architecture, travelling, poetry, and pottery.


Keynote Speaker 2013:

Tau Battice 

Born in Basseterre, St. Kitts-Nevis and based in Brooklyn, New York, Tau Battice is a lifelong lover of the photograph and its power to preserve the moment, proclaim nuance, and propel humanity to positive action.  He teaches at the City University of New York and lives out in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.  He is concurrently working on his first monographs about Harlem and St. Kitts-Nevis.

From 2007-2011, Tau Battice served as Coordinator for City College's BMLMP (Black Male Leadership and Mentoring Project): an initiative intended to increase, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of the under-represented groups in higher education, in particular black males.  During his keynote, titled "Leadership: Personal, Practical, Passionate”, he will explore finding one's niche as a leader.


Keynote Speaker 2012:

Howard Schneider
Dean of the School of Journalism

Howard Schneider is the founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, spearheading the team that developed the proposal for SUNY’s first School of Journalism. For more than 35 years. Schneider was a reporter and editor at Newsday. For nearly 18 of those years, he was managing editor and then editor.

Under his tenure, the paper won eight Pulitzer Prizes in categories including investigative reporting deadline reporting, arts criticism, specialized beat reporting and foreign affairs reporting. Under his leadership, Newsday was among the first newspapers in the country to create news websites; he also led efforts to introduce TV and radio into what had been an all-print newsroom.

At Stony Brook, Schneider helped develop the nation’s first course in News Literacy, which seeks to have undergraduates across all disciplines study how to become discerning news consumers. The course has subsequently spread to universities around the nation. He is the executive director of the school’s Center for News Literacy. He also collaborated with the actor Alan Alda in launching the country’s first Center for Communicating Science, which is housed in the journalism school, and which trains future and current scientists on how to communicate more effectively with the public.


Keynote Speaker 2011:

David Krause, PhD
Distinguished Service Professor, Stony Brook University 
Founder and Executive Director, Madagascar Ankizy Fund

Dr. Krause is a renowned paleontologist who has led expeditions all over the world in the search for the fossilized remains of ancient creatures. His research in Madagascar, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, led him to interact with the local peoples and, ultimately, to establish The Madagascar Ankizy Fund. The mission of the organization is to build schools and provide temporary clinics for children living in remote areas of the country.

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