Browsing: Diversity

Before she started her first corporate job, Anna Goldberg ’09, ’12 said she didn’t recall experiencing gender bias. All that changed when at age 24 she participated in a meeting with predominantly male co-workers and realized she wasn’t being taken seriously. “We were talking about a project that wasn’t working out and when I suggested a solution they just brushed it off. Then a man suggested the same thing and was told it was a good idea,” said Goldberg, who has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a master’s in chemistry, both from Stony Brook University. “Another time I proposed…

Ten talented high school female students and their chaperones came to campus on July 18-19 for two days filled with pre-college workshops, tours and lab experiences. The students, chosen by the Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA), are rising juniors and seniors from Central Islip, Brentwood and Bayshore schools. For pre-college support, students attended an admissions workshop where they learned guidelines for choosing a college and information on the admissions process. They had a discussion solely for the college application personal essay. A financial aid workshop provided them with guidance on how to navigate the financial aid process and answers to…

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide, the latest book by Stony Brook University Associate Professor Crystal M. Fleming, has earned a starred Kirkus review, awarded to books of exceptional merit. The book will be released in September 2018 from Beacon Press and is available now for pre-order. Recipients of a Kirkus star are automatically eligible for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 award given to the winning books published and starred in the given year. According to Kirkus, “Fleming offers a crash course in what will be a radically new perspective…

Diversity and inclusion were the themes on Sunday, June 24, for the 49th Annual New York City LGBTQ* Pride March, and Stony Brook representation was in full force for the festivities. This was the third time Stony Brook participated in the Pride March as members of the SUNY contingency. Almost 90 members of the Stony Brook community marched as part of the 400-strong SUNY cohort representing 40 SUNY schools. The Stony Brook Marching Band again led the way for the SUNY contingency. The band, with 68 members including 15 band alumni, played popular songs that tied in the theme of…

Opportunities to experience what scientists do were few and far between for Shruti Sharma while growing up in India. This lack of early exposure to hands-on science activities contributed to Sharma—now a fifth-year PhD candidate graduating this summer from the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University and a guest researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory—becoming involved in educational outreach. Since her undergraduate years, she has been mentoring K–12 and undergraduate students through various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. “When I was younger,…

Continuing its mission of serving as a leader and mentor in the area of higher education, diversity and inclusiveness, Stony Brook University held its first Preparing Future Faculty Workshop, June 27 to 29, on campus. The conference, organized through the efforts of the SBU Faculty Working Group inspired by the University’s 2016 Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and the administration of Chief Diversity Officer Lee Bitsóí, attracted roughly 70 senior graduate students and early postdoctoral students from institutions as far away as Tuskegee University in Alabama, the University of Mississippi, Florida International University, Purdue University in Indiana and the University of…

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…

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