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Stony Brook University Makes The Topic Of Allyship Front-And-Center

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Watch the Stony Brook “Beyond The Expected” Facebook Live Discussion On Thursday, July 30th at 1 p.m

Bridging racial divide artworkSTONY BROOK, NY, JULY 28, 2020— Stony Brook University is putting the spotlight on being an ally, with an honest and open dialogue about how to become a better advocate for others, while recognizing and accepting times that others will advocate for you.  

 Being an ally, according to The Guide To Allyship, is learning how to empathize with a particular group or person and taking on their struggle as your own — even if you don’t fully understand that struggle. Now, more than ever, allies are necessary to help enact the social change that needs to be made in the world.

 “Faculty, staff, physicians, donors, employees, students – everybody is leaning in, wanting to be part of the solution and make meaningful differences. People need to learn allyship as much as people need to learn how to be allied,” said Dr. Judi Brown Clarke, Ph.D, Chief Diversity Office, Stony Brook University.

 The roundtable discussion will include:

  • Dr. Judi Brown Clarke, Ph.D, Chief Diversity Office, Stony Brook University
  • Dr. Adam Gonzalez, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health and Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Renaissance School of Medicine and a leader in “White Coats for Black Lives”
  • Juliette Passer, Esq., practicing NY attorney, a corporate diversity director and adjunct professor in the Political Science department at Stony Brook University who teaches classes on diversity and gender issues

 During this discussion, the panelists will take on systemic oppression; give concrete examples of microaggressions; reveal causes and impacts of unconscious/implicit bias; and explain the difference between sympathy and empathy.

 “Diversity is the good thing and the smart thing to do,” said Juliette Passer. “Differences don’t make us different; they make us interesting. We have to have this discussion at a grassroots level.”

Watch this discussion unfold live on Stony Brook University’s Facebook page. The roundtable starts at 1 p.m.

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About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, over 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@stonybrooku).


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