The Stony Brook University community is invited to a ribbon-cutting celebration in the Tabler Community Residence Quad on Wednesday, April 5, to recognize the naming of Dr. May Edward Chinn Hall.
President Maurie McInnis announced the event March 21 in a campus-wide message, noting that the commemoration follows the SUNY Board of Trustees’ approval earlier this year of a formal process that Stony Brook initiated in 2020 to rename Sanger Residence Hall.
Dr. May Edward Chinn was the first African American and Native American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College, which is now the NYU School of Medicine, and a tireless advocate who broke down racial and socioeconomic barriers to ensure access to high-quality care.
“Her legacy will now forever be connected to Stony Brook University, serving as a permanent reminder of our continued goal to provide innovative, accessible healthcare that meets the needs of our diverse community,” McInnis said.
“As I conveyed in my fall message, renaming a campus building communicates what is important to us by promoting our core values while also serving as a source of inspiration, motivation, and guidance to shape our future,” McInnis added. “I am grateful to the Stony Brook University community for its thoughtful diligence throughout this process.”
The ceremony begins at noon and all are welcome.