Stony Brook’s commitment to equity earned the University a No. 17 placement in the education industry and No. 138 overall on Forbes list of America’s 500 Best Employers for Diversity 2021.
Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to survey 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees and pinpoint the companies they identified as most dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. When compiling the list, the diversity of boards and executive ranks were taken into account, as were DEI initiatives.
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All surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. Respondents were first asked to rate their organizations on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation equality, as well as that of general diversity. These responses were reviewed for potential diversity gaps. So if workers from underrepresented groups, for example, rated an organization poorly on diversity, but their counterparts rated it highly, Statista would take that into account and adjust the company’s score accordingly. Statista then asked respondents belonging to underrepresented groups to nominate organizations other than their own. The final list ranks the 500 employers that not only received the most recommendations, but also boast the most diverse boards and executive ranks and the most proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives.