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Stony Brook University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, New York 11794
Phone
(631) 632-6000
Email address
enroll@stonybrook.edu
School Information
Founded in 1957, “Stony Brook, one of America’s most dynamic public universities, is New York’s flagship university and No. 1 public university. Stony Brook is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution that offers all students a world-class education” (Source: https://www.stonybrook.edu/about/). Furthermore, “Stony Brook University offers more than 200 undergraduate programs, more than 100 master’s programs and more than 50 doctoral programs” to a student body of 25,000 (Source: https://www.stonybrook.edu/about/facts-and-rankings/).
General Information
Stony Brook has curated a University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity which engages several goals. One goal is to require DEI training for all students. Faculty and staff training is also part of the outline of the goals. Curriculum restructuring will take place in order to incorporate diversity and inclusion themes in undergraduate coursework. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Stony Brook University Libraries’ Anti-racism Task Force also has a goal to “create interactive forums such as seminars and workshops that engage the community in understanding the deep structures of racism.”
  • The school crafted the Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. One of the goals was to “require all new students to attend a one-hour course on diversity and a one-hour course on gender during opening weekend.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, the school will “incorporate diversity and inclusion topics in Undergraduate College programming and offer at least one option that covers the topic in the 102 curriculum” and also “strengthen the current cultural competency component of the 101 course.”
  • The school will “explore ways to institute a college-level requirement for a diversity awareness course (e.g., broaden CAS efforts to other schools)” as part of the Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.
  • Stony Brook offers an option to take the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging course.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity outlined numerous goals related to “enhanced recruitment and retention.” One such goal was to “train admissions staff at individual college level in concepts of hidden bias.”
  • As part of the Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, the school set a goal to “incorporate implicit bias awareness concepts in the mandatory training for members of search committees and, where possible, require that qualified candidates from historically underrepresented populations be included in interview pools.”
  • Another goal is to “provide training pertaining to recognizing implicit bias in the classroom for faculty and revise end of semester surveys to include bias concepts in the evaluations” within the Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.
Program and Research Funding
  • The Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity indicates that the school will “continue to provide partial funding for the appointment of visiting or permanent faculty who would enrich diversity at the institution on an as-needed basis and as funding allows.”
Resources
  • Stony Brook University Libraries’ Anti-racism Task Force will “create a lively website of materials relevant to understanding and combating racism and discrimination.”
  • Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice has a website which breaks down step by step instructions on the topic of “Becoming an Anti-Racist.”
  • Stony Brook has a site which lists “anti-racism resources with AAPI focus.”
  • The School of Social Welfare offers “resources for allies and advocates to deepen our anti-racism work.”
Symbolic Actions
  • Stony Brook University Libraries’ Anti-racism Task Force was formed in 2020 after the death of George Floyd. The Anti-racism Task Force has a goal to “improve library’s online collections addressing racism perpetrated against underrepresented communities, specifically, the African American community in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Last updated June 5th, 2023
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