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#31 Holiday Donation From Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

This year, in lieu of mailing holiday cards, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital gave a donation to Heart of the Hamptons to help support their mission of serving our community.

Pictured from left, Kenneth B. Wright, Board Chair, Southampton Hospital Association and Bob Chaloner, CAO, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, present the gift to Hilton Crosby, Executive Director of Heart of the Hamptons. Here they are pictured with some team members that make this important work possible (from left): Delaney Jones, Maripaz Ramos, and Maribel Ramos.

Heart of the Hamptons assists more than 1,500 people in our community with the help of more than 50 dedicated volunteers and an active Board of Directors.
The Food Pantry in Southampton currently serves about 500 households.

#30 “SUNY’s Got Your Back” An Overwhelming Success at SBU

SUNY’s Got Your Back initiative provides SUNY campuses across the state with materials to make comfort kits for victims and survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence and raise awareness and support for prevention and response to sexual violence.

Renowned DJ and activist Zeke Thomas joined as guest speaker and performed a music set at the event .

Stony Brook University, in collaboration with State University of New York (SUNY), hosted the SUNY’s Got Your Back at SBU event on Monday, March 11.

Long sets of tables were spread out around the Ballroom A in the Student Activities Center. SUNY donated all the items to create the comfort kits, but more than 200 volunteers, from approximately 177 different student clubs and organizations, helped set up and organize the materials such as cloth towel, cosmetic kits, tissues, toothbrushes, notebooks and writing utensils, which the over 300 participants then gathered and put into the bright blue bags.

Renowned DJ and activist Zeke Thomas made an appearance as the guest speaker and performed a set for the participants as an appreciation for their work.

Thomas is the son of basketball legend Isiah Thomas and a survivor of sexual assault, and aims to raise awareness about the issues of sexual violence and survivor support through the platform of his music. He partnered with SUNY to perform at many of the campuses hosting SUNY’S Got Your Back throughout the year.

Stony Brook’s Center for Prevention and Outreach reached out to multiple departments and organizations on campus, including Student Affairs, Undergraduate Colleges, Graduate Student Organization, Faculty Student Association, and Stony Brook Athletics, about partnering on the event.

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#27 First Student Conference Focused on Diversity Leadership

More than 150 student leaders and aspiring student leaders gathered on a Saturday morning in October to learn ways to strengthen Stony Brook’s diverse campus community through inclusive practices in the first Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

Left to right: Kiara Arias, USG Director of Diversity Affairs; Keynote Speaker Christina Vargas; Dr. Rick Gatteau, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; and Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs.

The conference, spearheaded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and in collaboration with Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Faculty Student Association, Undergraduate Student Government, and other campus areas, was conceived as a learning opportunity where students could not only develop their leadership skills through the lens of intersectionality, but also enhance students’ understanding of how diversity and inclusion apply to the development of their life skills and career goals.

Primary funding for this initiative was provided by a Presidential Diversity Initiative Grant.

The theme “Ignite The Student Leader in You!” was chosen by the planning committee to represent the goals of this conference, the first of its kind at Stony Brook.

“This conference was designed to inspire students to become campus leaders who will help shape Stony Brook as a diverse learning environment where everyone feels they belong and have a place,” explained Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs.

“This event is important to me because it’s an opportunity for student leaders to come together and really work together to create a more inclusive environment on campus,” said Kiara Arias’ 21, Political Science student and one of the event organizers.

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