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Diversity Action Plan 4 High Performance

July 13, 2020

There is an old saying; There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called "Yesterday" and the other is called  "Tomorrow" — fortunately we are in Today!

Let me pause for a moment and acknowledge each of you. Organizational culture change is not easy and can cause stress, therefore we are being extremely thoughtful and attentive to your input and perspectives. We recognize that during periods of change people wonder how they will be impacted.

As society changes, as our institution changes, you may be focused on what you will lose, not what you will gain. You may also be thinking, "How will I be affected by this change? Will I benefit from it? Will I be able to learn what I need to know?" 

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Beyond the Expected

Bridging the Racial Divide: Being an Ally

In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” we’ll be talking about being an ally — what it is, how to do it and why it’s so important in today’s racially, ethnically and politically divided society. Two Stony Brook experts talk with Stony Brook University Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Judith Brown Clarke about the emotional toll prejudice takes on individuals across our campus and in society today, and how ‘Being an Ally’ can help ease the pain.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Office of Equity and Access / Disability Working Group is hosting weekly webinars every Thursday in October as part of our recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  These sessions provide important information to faculty and staff at Stony Brook University about the history of disability rights in employment, how to access accommodations, how to provide digital accessible content and best practices for supervisors working with disabled employees.   All of these sessions will be available via zoom to provide broad access to faculty and staff working at a Stony Brook University facility or at home.

October 1: The History of Disability Employment in the United States
October 8: Healthier U Chair Yoga
October 15: Accommodation Requests - A Primer
October 22: Supervising Through a Digital Lens
October 29: Ensuring Digital Accessibility

Learn More and Register at the Office of Equity and Access


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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