Stony Brook’s Diversity Plan in Action
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The killing of George Floyd and similar tragic incidents have widened the racial divide in America and caused national unrest. At the same time, they’ve opened up a bigger conversation across the country about structural and systemic racism as it exists today. They’ve brought some of the critical issues of our times -- from implicit bias to negative stereotypes and far worse -- to the forefront of our consciousness.

Dr. Judith Brown Clarke, Chief Diversity Officer at Stony Brook University, serves as Moderator in this episode of the “Beyond the Expected” podcast.  She and her guests look at what Stony Brook is doing -- around campus and across disciplines -- to deal with these types of issues and how to be accountable for change and growth, with everyone playing a role. Dr. Brown Clarke is working to ensure the University provides a campus environment that is just, equitable and tolerant.

As the University is enhancing its Diversity Plan, we will get to hear from three distinguished panelists from the University’s faculty/staff who will give insight into what’s happening in their areas of academia, front-line medical care and procurement. They’ll also share the barriers they’ve had to break, both personally and professionally, as people of color, to get where they are today.


Carmen Gonzalez is Stony Brook University’s Assistant Vice President for Procurement. She has held U.S. and global supply chain roles in both the higher education and corporate sectors. As part of her role at Stony Brook, she leads the areas of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, which are integral components of our commitment to supplier diversity. It’s how we ensure we not only have a diverse student and faculty population, but that we are giving our diverse vendors the opportunities to partner with us and thrive.

Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and a historian specializing in recent African-American History, Civil Rights and Black Power, Urban History, Mixed Race and Biracial identity, and Hip-Hop Studies. His research interests include: African-Americans in Boston; Northern freedom movements outside of the South; mixed race history in the U.S.; and the Afro-Latin diaspora. He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, essays and book chapters and is currently working on a manuscript on the civil rights movement in Boston.

Dr. Jedan Phillips, MD is a family medicine specialist and full-time faculty member at Stony Brook Medicine, where he treats patients and is involved with medical education and leading-edge research. Dr. Phillips also serves as the Medical Director for Stony Brook Medicine’s Home Outreach and Medical Education -- or HOME -- program. This is a walk-in medical clinic for the uninsured that provides learning opportunities to medical students, and healthcare to the community -- a program that helps address some of the racial disparity issues in our current healthcare system.

Production Credits

Moderator/Host: Judi Brown Clarke, PhD

Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta

Producer: Lauren Sheprow

Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke

Topic Co-Creators: Veronica Brown, Emily Cappiello

Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Emily Cappiello, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown

Production Assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan

YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray

Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman

Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere

Production Manager/Editor: Tony Fabrizio

Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald

Camera: Brian DiLeo

Special thanks to the School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio

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