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Embracing Unity: SBU’s Diversity Day Celebration

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Students and community members gathered on May 1 to celebrate the 23rd annual Diversity Day, honoring the varied backgrounds on the Stony Brook University campus.

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) offered students a passport card, which was stamped as students visited cultural student groups and ethnic-interest club tables. When completed, students traded the passport for a chance to win a Wolfie plush.

International snacks, games, and information about different cultures and traditions were made available, while student groups performed on stage in the Diversity Day Cultural Showcase in the Student Activities Center Ballroom A.

Diversity day 24 2“Diversity Day is adopting a World’s Fair approach with the passport card,” said Isaiah Daniels, vice president of student life for USG. “Students can go country to country by visiting the tables to learn about different cultures, all while seeing cultural performances.”

“Today marks the first day of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so it is fitting to bring students and our community together to learn about and celebrate other cultures,” said Janell Boakye, Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility director for USG.

The event also signifies the final campus lifetime of the semester before finals begin. Students were treated to face masks and treats at a USG booth in preparation for finals, and as a reminder to focus on self-care during the stressful week to come.

Grid diversity day 2024We’re here celebrating Diversity Day and handing out self-care items, letting students know that we are here to support them during finals,” said Robert Diver, USG senator.

Diversity Day was formed in 1998 by the President’s Student Advisory Council “to create awareness about what diversity is and dispel related misconceptions, help students break down barriers and work together for a common cause, and promote unity and encourage student interaction.”

Since 2007, the Office of Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement has worked with student cultural clubs and organizations to present the annual Diversity Day Cultural Showcase that features main stage performances.

The event was held in collaboration with the Undergraduate Student Government and the Office of Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement.

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  • The first Diversity day goes back to 1998, in alignment with the University’s 40th anniversary celebration. Very happy to see this tradition continue in such a successful way. Congratulations!

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