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The SUNY College of Optometry is inviting students who are seeking careers in the health professions to participate in its first-ever Diversity Hackathon on Friday, September 28, 2018. A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which people collaborate intensively on solving a specific problem. The Diversity Hackathon will address the lack of diversity in optometry by collaboratively seeking feasible and implementable answers to one important question: How can SUNY Optometry increase the diversity of its student body? Guest speaker Tyler Farnsworth will discuss how to think creatively, and participants will engage in a conversation on enrollment/recruitment strategies, learn more about…

The Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) completed their most recent charitable endeavor on Saturday, April 28, as the young women headed to Operation PROM in Brooklyn, NY, with bins full of prom garments donated by the Stony Brook community. The gowns, tuxedos, shoes and accessories were swiftly set up on racks and distributed free of charge to needy high school students at the Prom Wear Giveaway Event. “The day was filled with music and encouragement. I was in the fitting room area helping high school girls try on clothes, and it was great to make them feel confident and ultimately…

The 2018 Diversity Day and Strawberry Festival once again brought together people from different backgrounds for a day of celebration and togetherness. Held on a sunny afternoon on Wednesday, May 2, the festivities included music and dance performances, creative arts, and other events featuring student organizations and individual students at the Diversity Day Cultural Showcase. At the Strawberry Festival, a delicious array of strawberry-inspired treats — from fresh strawberries to decadent desserts — were enjoyed by students, faculty and staff. View images from the Strawberry Festival, taken by photographer John Griffin, below.

The Department of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a program and 20th anniversary as a department, marking these milestones at a recent celebration attended by students, faculty, alumni and friends. Sacha Kopp, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Georges Fouron, professor, Department of Africana Studies;  and Tracey Walters, chair, Department of Africana Studies, welcomed guests to a reception held in the department’s honor. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. offered opening remarks, recounting how the program has enriched and expanded the intellectual horizons of Stony Brook…

Editor’s Note: This film screening has been postponed to the fall semester. A special screening of The Chinese Exclusion Act, a 45-minute documentary made by award-winning filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films, will be shown at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a question and answer session led by Professor Peggy Spitzer Christoff, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Stony Brook University Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. The event is co-sponsored by the China Center,…

Strawberry Fest has been a popular tradition on the Stony Brook campus for more than 20 years with over 2,000 people in attendance each year. Every spring, the campus community gathers on the Academic Mall to enjoy a mouthwatering menu of strawberry treats and a fun-filled day of live music, dancing, and student performances. This event is traditionally held on the first Wednesday of May during Campus Lifetime in conjunction with Diversity Day, a celebration of Stony Brook’s different heritages and lifestyles through music and dance performances, creative arts, lectures and cultural offerings. Diversity Day is planned and organized by…

Attendees of the West Campus Town Hall Meeting held in Frey Hall on April 25 were briefed by Chief Diversity Officer Lee Bitsóí on the implementation of Stony Brook University’s Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Bitsóí called attention to the emergent themes of transparency, progress and change, student voices and action that were outlined in town meetings held in the Fall of 2017. He saluted students for their help in creating “social transformation” and thanked the Faculty Student Association (FSA) and Heritage Months committees for making cross-cultural events on campus more visible. He then highlighted the components of the Diversity website, which includes…

Black Womyn’s Association (BWA), formerly known as Black Womyn’s Weekend, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a weekend of activities that begin on Friday, April 27. A detailed history of the organization will also be archived in the Frank Melville Library in August 2018. BWA is one of Stony Brook University’s senior organizations, founded in 1978 by a group of African-American women during the post-civil rights period. Primarily organized in response to the brutal Atlanta child murders, where several African-American boys were killed, the initial group of women and men dedicated an inspiring weekend of prose, dance, an expressive fashion show,…

Throughout the month of April, student groups and campus departments highlight the rich Asian heritage through programs, performances, and discussions. This year, Stony Brook’s Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) transformed the SAC Plaza into a traditional Taiwanese night market on Friday, April 13. TSA collaborated with the Weekend Life Council to hold the annual event outside for the first time ever, making the experience more realistic when compared to actual night markets in Taiwan. Night markets have a long cultural history with roots dating all the way back to the Tang dynasty in 836 AD. Although night markets are traditionally a…

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the Faculty Student Association (FSA) invited Food Network chef and cookbook author Aarti Sequeira to bring her unique cooking style and perspective on cuisine to Stony Brook University. This event is part of the campus Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Initiative, celebrating our community’s multiculturalism with an educational seminar and food tasting along with performances from SBU Bhangra and SBU Taandava student groups. “I have sort of a dual identity because I was born in India, but I grew up in the Middle East, so both of those things really influence the way that I…

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