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Stony Brook Receives 2018 HEED Award

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STONY BROOK, NY, September 15, 2018 — Today, Stony Brook University received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Stony Brook University will be featured in the November 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“It is gratifying to be recognized for our efforts to impact diversity across Stony Brook University’s students, faculty and staff,”  Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said. “We have been working diligently to improve the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention, through new grants, expanding educational research, healthcare and other strategic initiatives to ensure all our students have the resources they need to thrive.”

Stony Brook University focused its efforts on implementing a new plan for equity, inclusion and diversity across the campus starting in 2016 to enhance the student, faculty and staff diversity as well as build an inclusive community for all, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic level and sexual orientation. The goal of the plan is threefold: to increase student awareness on issues surrounding diversity, to raise faculty awareness and training, and foster partnerships that open multicultural dialogues. Last fall, new workshops dealing with issues of diversity, inclusion, gender-awareness and equity that were taught to more than 4,500 new students as well as a six-hour training for staff and faculty to understand the diverse cultures that make up the Stony Brook community.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We selected Stony Brook University as a 2018 HEED Award winner because of their outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across their campus. They accomplished this through leadership support, specific programs and initiatives for students, faculty, staff and other constituents across campus.”

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About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at

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