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It all started when Stony Brook University’s Black Lives Matter movement stood with Mizzou in Nov. 2015. Stony Brook students requested a platform to voice their concerns on campus diversity issues. The school’s administration complied by providing a space for dialogue, Judith Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations, said. “[President] Stanley made a deep commitment to them that we would put together a broad-based plan and implement it,” Greiman said. In December, they released an initial draft of the diversity plan for the community to critique. It came back with approximately 130 comments, and was reworked around four key goals: To improve the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention. To expand educational, research, healthcare and other efforts to ensure that students are able to thrive on campus and as global citizens in a diverse society. To support…

Stony Brook has done it again. On Sunday, author Junot Díaz shared the petition to Save Hispanic & Latino Studies at Stony Brook University, responding to the administration’s decision to suspend the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies and to combine the undergraduate program with other units. “This sucks. Stony Brook, what the hell are you thinking?” Díaz wrote in his post. Díaz is a Dominican American writer who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He’s also won a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He visited Stony Brook in 2010 when Oscar Wao was chosen as the freshman-reading novel and shared that he wrote the novel because he felt immigrant communities were unrepresented. This theme is persistent in his work. Díaz is also known for his laid-back personality and for being an all-around…

To be perfectly honest, I’ve lost quite some faith in recent live-action entertainment. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of TV shows and movies that I like watching, but very few of them have struck the chord of diversity and equal representation that us millennials have been looking  for. In 2015, we’ve had instances of whitewashing in films like Pan, with Rooney Mara cast as Native American character Tiger Lily, and Stonewall, which depicts the revolutionary Stonewall LGBT riots having been sparked by a generic white boy throwing the first brick despite reports that a black transgender woman, Marsha P. Johnson, did so. Television shows don’t fare much better. Shows like Supergirl pander to an incredibly superficial form of feminism, and Sense8—in half-assed attempts at diversity—regurgitates tired plot-points like an Indian woman unhappy with her arranged marriage and a gay man portraying the tragedy that always comes with his…

Stony Brook University unveiled the preliminary details of its SUNY Excels Performance Improvement Plan on Friday, September 18 with highlights that included increasing enrollment, completions, graduation rates, research expenditures, fundraising and diversity. “They said at the board of trustees resolution that this is not a measurement of one institution against another, but rather an institution against itself over time,” Braden Hosch, assistant vice president for institutional research, planning and effectiveness said. Stony Brook University is looking to increase enrollment from 25,272 this fall to 26,394 by 2020. The university also wants to raise completions from slightly above 6,600 to 7,500, and the four-year, full-time, first-time student graduation rate from 51-percent, as calculated by the university, to 60-percent. “That actually derives from a commitment President Stanley made to President Obama at the White House to increase the graduation rate of our students,” Hosch said. Increasing the graduation rate is “probably the…