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Diversity at Stony Brook University 

Excellence and Innovation Through Diversity and Inclusion.

At Stony Brook University, we believe a diversity of perspectives and ideas is critical for the advancement of knowledge and scientific innovation.  The  Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), established in 2002, is a hallmark of the University's ongoing  commitment to advancing diversity  in graduate education, academia, and the scientific workforce. The CIE works to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented minority and otherwise disadvantaged scholars, as well as those scholars who advance the mission of increasing diversity in their respective fields.

To ensure the success of their scholars, the CIE provides financial assistance, social support, and advocacy. The CIE also promotes academic and professional development and a strong sense of community through their signature core activities, which include the Research Café series , topic-based lunches, Keeping It Real discussion groups, various speaker series, and the Community of Student Mentors program .

The CIE is dedicated to increasing awareness of issues related to diversity at the University level, collaborating with faculty and staff to enhance the diversity of their respective departments, and at the national level, engaging in scholarly research activities and program assessment, with the ultimate goal of contributing to a greater body of knowledge related to issues of inclusion and diversity. These efforts have been recognized through several grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the State of New York. With over 500 alumni and 150 current scholars, the CIE remains dedicated to the mission of enhancing diversity and inclusion in the academic world.

The Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

The Stony Brook University Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, announced in May 2016, arises out of an effort to enhance the campus community and in consideration of the persistent issues of inequality in our society.

The plan, which encompasses a broad definition of diversity with a focus on race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic level and sexual orientation, is informed by many discussions with students, faculty and staff.  For  more information, and to provide feedback, please visit Diversity at Stony Brook.  

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