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Diversity Plan in Action

June 24, 2020

Dear Campus Community and Partners,

As we navigate these racially tumultuous times, it can become difficult to distinguish performative allyship from authentic and genuine intentions that lead to meaningful change. Therefore, it is important that you know that Stony Brook University is fully committed to providing a just, equitable, and humane campus community through our service, activism, and pedagogy in both individual and collaborative efforts. I am going to continue with the mantra that we are all life-time learners and, “when you know better, you do better… then you are better!”


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Virtual Town Hall: The Global Dimensions of Black Lives Matter: Where Do We Go From Here?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, Center for Changing Systems of Power, College of Arts and Sciences, and Stony Brook Alumni Association.

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Diversity, Civility and Expectations

Stony Brook is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive community in which students, faculty, and staff thrive in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination. The unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, with its constant flow of conflicting information and rumors, has in some cases increased levels of fear, facilitated mistrust, and created a platform for intolerant behavior, the enemies of civility.

Stony Brook is strongly opposed to discrimination and harassment, and such behavior is prohibited by University policy. It is important that you familiarize yourselves with the policies that effect our daily interactions with others on campus.

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Stony Brook's Diversity and Civility


A Message from the Chief Diversity Officer

Dear Campus Community,

"They heard us!"

With this heartfelt intention, I had to find words to convey that this moment in time had the power to be different from other failed moments in time. So, what is different? Being sick and tired of being sick and tired! ( Fannie Lou Hamer).

We can’t control the world, but we can optimize ours. Clearly words are not actions, and credibility is deeply rooted in relationships and earned trust. We are all life-time learners, inspired by the saying, when you know better, you do better…and I always add, then you are better!

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Statement from Michael Bernstein and Maurie McInnis
on the Tragic Death of George Floyd

Recent events of the past few months have served as a profound reminder of the deep-seated racism, discrimination, and violence that plague the United States. As we reel over the senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and remain outraged over the inexcusable actions of Amy Cooper, our nation confronts another devastating instance of police brutality.

The killing of George Floyd serves as another painful example of the systemic racial disparities present in our country.

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