Bridging the Racial Divide: Being an Ally
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In the workplace, in the classroom, in personal relationships and in everyday life, being an ally means being in tune with the people around you. Respecting their views. Listening to them. Empathizing and caring. It means taking the responsibility to provide support through action -- even if you don’t look like the person or group you’re advocating for, or share the same background. You need to take on the struggle as your own and truly understand where they’re coming from to give their movement -- big or small -- a voice. On this episode of “Beyond the Expected -- Bridging the Racial Divide,” moderator and panelist Dr. Judith Brown Clarke, Stony Brook University Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Equity and Inclusion talks about being an ally -- what it is, how to do it and why it’s so important in today’s racially ... ethnically … politically divided society.


Adam Gonzalez is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. He is an expert in cognitive behavioral treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, relaxation/mindfulness-based treatments and behavioral medicine. His program of research focuses on understanding the interplay of cognitive, emotional and behavioral health factors that may affect physical and mental health, as well as disease management among chronically ill populations. In addition to his responsibilities with the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Dr. Gonzalez is also the Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Consortium Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training programs in clinical psychology and the Co-Director of the Center for Disaster Health, Trauma & Resilience.

Juliette Passer is a practicing New York attorney, corporate diversity director, and Stony Brook University professor in the Political Science department who teaches courses on diversity, gender and inclusion. Juliette brings to the equation an extensive background in working with governments, and political organizations as well as multilateral institutions, to achieve these corporate goals for private companies. As such, she brings a unique business and legal understanding of international business transactions and business and political environments in architecting cross-border investments.

Production Credits

Moderator/Host/Panelist: Judith Brown Clarke, PhD

Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta

Producer: Lauren Sheprow

Art Director: Karen Leibowitz

Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke

Assistant producer: Emily Cappiello

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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