Browsing: Diversity

The Stony Brook community is invited to celebrate LGBTQ* Pride Month at the university’s inaugural Pride Mixer on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The LGBTQ* community and its friends, allies and supporters will share conversations and great food at Barito, 201 Main Street, Port Jefferson, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is presented by the Office of the President, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Community Relations, Office of Alumni Relations and the LGBTQ* Center. It is open to all students and employees. Please contact Lee Bitsoi at lee.bitsoi@stonybrook.edu for more information.

Stony Brook University Chief Diversity Officer Lee Bitsóí writes about “Invisible Dimensions of Diversity” in the June 2018 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Dr. Bitsóí, who is also a member of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board, says that we all have visible and invisible dimensions of diversity, and that “as an indigenous scholar, I also defer to my cultural knowledge base about diversity, as I was taught that everyone exists for a reason. This is the basis of my understanding that diversity is more than the commonly accepted two-dimensional construct wedded to race, ethnicity, and biological sex.” Dr.…

Rhonda Y. Williams, Professor of History, John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History at Vanderbilt University, will discuss “The Things That Divide Us: Meditations” as part of the 2018 How Class Works Conference. Her talk will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Students Activities Center, Ballroom B. There are so many “things” that divide us – that create tyrannical perimeters, borders, boundaries and walls; that order the way we look at each other and “other” others; that perpetuate hierarchies; and that all too often tragically legitimate and elaborate ignorance, misunderstanding, inequalities, violence,…

Mackenzie Deng, a graduating senior receiving his degree in Business Management, developed and implemented College Thursdays, a post-secondary education and preparation program for the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport (BGC). Every Thursday from October 12, 2017 to April 13, 2018, he hosted presentations, workshops and college campus visits for the club with the goal to prepare high school students in an underprivileged area for post-secondary education. While working with Ana Arias, the club’s director of teen services, Mackenzie successfully implemented more than 20 events. “I’ve spoken with some of the staff members at the club, and they stress that…

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…

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