Browsing: Gender Equality

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,…

Stony Brook Medicine’s researchers and clinicians are leaders in their fields. They also are leading the way for students and junior faculty, by example and through teaching and mentorship. We asked six accomplished women to share their career journeys with us. Latha Chandran, MD, MPH When Dr. Chandran first began to attend meetings in her chosen profession of academic medicine, she sometimes was the only woman in the room – and even more frequently the only woman of color. Now, as Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, she is a strong voice for…

Psychology and Sociology alumna Michelle Olakkengil is poised to be an agent of change in the field of global health. Thanks to her impeccable record of academic excellence and leadership at Stony Brook, she now has the backing to take her next steps educationally and professionally. Olakkengil ’17 has been selected for the prestigious Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship. She competed against applicants from across the country and was one of only 10 selected from a pool of 244. Michelle is the first ever recipient of this award from Stony Brook University as well as from the entire SUNY system.…

Florence DiStefano Hudson knows what it’s like to be in the minority. For decades, she’s worked her way to the top in a variety of STEM positions traditionally held by men. Hudson, an entrepreneur, aerospace engineer and thought leader in the fields of technology and gender equality, offered advice to more than 400 people who gathered at Stony Brook’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Symposium held March 14. “We need to get [ourselves to a place of]  greater human population parity. If women are half of the population, then we should make up half of all roles — nurses, teachers, engineers, astrophysicists,” Hudson said…

False assumptions made by employers about gender roles, and women’s inclination to avoid conflict in negotiations, are key factors contributing to the longstanding pay gap between men and women, according to a business professor who studies organizational behavior at Stony Brook. “Furthermore, it’s going to take increased awareness of these factors across industries if that gap is ever going to disappear,” said Julia Bear, an assistant professor of organizational behavior in the College of Business  at Stony Brook University. “The research I have conducted shows that assumptions about men’s and women’s roles in their families contribute to wage discrimination and…

An estimated 225 members of the Stony Brook University community marched outside of the Student Activities Center on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in support of the national #MeToo movement and raised their voices in solidarity with the cause of ending sexual harassment. The campus gathering, organized by the local Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), was designed as an opportunity for the community to show it stands strong on the issue of gender-based violence. The University showed support, with several administrators walking joining the marchers as they made their way around campus, shouting from bullhorns and holding placards. “It’s 2018, it’s time…

Stony Brook University officially opened its brand new LGBTQ* Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, March 2. The center, located on the second floor of West Side Dining, is a 1,967 square-foot facility aimed to provide an open workspace for students, areas for private conversations, all-gender restrooms, and spaces and technologies that support collaborative learning. “This day has been on my mind for 15 years,” said Chris Tanaka, Assistant Director of LGBTQ* Services, who was visibly moved by the emotion of the moment. “This is a space for people to explore who they are and find…

As International Women’s Day is celebrated at UN headquarters in New York City today, leading expert on men and masculinities Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, has been named one of UN Women’s 2018 Champions of Change. UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women. Kimmel received this distinction for his many significant contributions to women’s empowerment and gender equality. He is founder and executive director of the Center for Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook, as well as an author, speaker and advocate…

Stony Brook University salutes Women’s History Month with educational and social programs that commemorate the historical achievements of women and address the contemporary issues that affect them. Below are some program highlights. For a complete list of Women’s History Month events and locations, please visit stonybrook.edu/womenshistory. Thursday, March 1 Diversity Film Series: Miss Representation, 6 pm to 7:15 pm, West E Commons Join a discussion about gender roles as you watch clips from the documentary Miss Representation, a film that explores how media sells the idea that women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality, and that men learn that their…

12th Annual Women in Medicine Research Day: The Challenges and Triumphs of Women in Medicine While women have been in medical specialties for many decades, they continue to contend with gender disparities. Women in Medicine Research Day at Stony Brook University School of Medicine was created to raise awareness of the issues women still face in medical training, healthcare and research, and to highlight the achievements of women in those fields. This day also offers opportunities for community building, networking, mentoring and collaboration. The program has expanded and linked with Pediatric Grand Rounds allowing it to further promote its mission. The current climate…

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