Browsing: Social Mobility

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 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…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, questioned the importance of arbitrary college rankings in an op-ed published in Inside Higher Ed January 8. Instead, President Stanley argued, high school students and their families should consider opportunities for social mobility when applying to college. “It is at the very heart of American values that if you work hard and get a good education, you can achieve more than what your parents or their parents dreamed,” he wrote. “While social mobility is one of the most transformative purposes of a college education, traditional rankings don’t tell us much about it,” he added. President…

In 2017, Stony Brook University once again excelled in diversity, innovation, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries with real-world impact. A major study showed that SBU has become a nationwide leader in the area of social mobility. Meanwhile, Stony Brook experts and events were featured in the world’s news columns as we unearthed archaeological discoveries, performed pioneering surgeries, and welcomed luminaries to campus, including Michael J. Fox and Joe Biden. As a new year full of promise begins, browse our Top 10 website for a colorful review of Stony Brook’s biggest stories of 2017.

Without social mobility — the ability to rise from a low-income background to a financially secure future — the American Dream is at risk. In an era of growing income inequality, families have fewer opportunities to better their children’s future. Meanwhile, we endanger a national tradition of innovation and discovery when many of our best and brightest minds are left by the wayside. For many lower-income and first-generation students, attending college can seem like a pipe dream, with few people guiding them toward higher education. At Stony Brook University, a committed community of scholars, administrators and students is igniting social…

At Stony Brook University, a committed community of scholars, administrators and students is achieving exceptional results in the area of social mobility — the ability to rise from a low-income background to a more financially prosperous and secure future. This week, an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reflects SBU’s impressive ranking among colleges with the highest student mobility rates. Based on data recently published by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the ranking shows Stony Brook in fifth place nationally among four-year public institutions. The Stanford study provides conclusive evidence that a Stony Brook education creates exceptional…

Stony Brook University students graduate with an average of $6,000 less in debt than other public university students do — a remarkable fact considering that 67 percent come from families who make less than $75,000 a year. They bring ambition and a studious mind, but it is scholarships, awards and other aid that make it possible for Stony Brook students to succeed far beyond the expected. Minh Nguyen, Class of 2018, knows the difference a scholarship can make. By his sophomore year on campus, Minh’s teachers were noticing his exceptional talent in mathematics and his potential to influence the field. “He…

Showcasing 60 years of innovation and bold achievement as the driving force behind Stony Brook University, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. delivered his eighth State of the University Address on Wednesday, September 27. In the face of budget and political challenges, President Stanley said the University would be undeterred in its mission to invest in tomorrow. “Every time we faced a deficit, we came out of it stronger, and I anticipate that will happen again,” he said. Speaking to students, administrators, faculty and staff in the Staller Center for the Arts, President Stanley highlighted statistics and stories exemplifying the growth and…

A recent article in the Daily News features Kimberly Alcequiez and Xavier Roberson — both are single mothers who came from foster care. They are also undergraduate students at Stony Brook University living in campus housing with their children. Alcequiez plans to first become a paralegal and then a lawyer or lawmaker, while Roberson wants to become a doctor. The two young women are achieving their goals of attending college through the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in which both students are enrolled. EOP helps disadvantaged youth obtain educational opportunities. As stated in…

For Tanzina Vega ’96, now a nationally prominent reporter for CNNMoney, Stony Brook University provided much more than a top-notch education at a premium value: it was a window to opportunity. Armed with a Stony Brook degree, Tanzina blazed a fearless trail that took her from an impoverished section of the Lower East Side to a highly visible journalism career at The New York Times and CNNMoney, where she now covers the red-hot issue of race and inequality in America. “One of the best things about Stony Brook was the diversity of the student body,” Tanzina said. “Whether it was in class,…

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