22nd Annual Leadership Symposium 

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion: Individual Action for Change

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Thursday March 23, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Stony Brook University


Ajay Nair
Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life,
Emory University

Cheryl Chambers
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs,
Stony Brook University

Robbye Kinkaide
R.E.D.I. Project Director, Office of the Chief Deputy to the President
Stony Brook University


Stony Brook University is committed to creating a culture where we fully engage equity, inclusion, and diversity. Catering to a more holistic and broader definition of diversity with a focus on race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic level and sexual orientation, this year's topic is focused on creating an inclusive campus community by empowering individual action for change. Our hope is for participants to realize and reflect on issues surrounding implicit bias and microaggressions, expand their perspective of diversity, and continue the dialogue centered on transforming our community culture.

Our main speaker is Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life from Emory University. Dean Nair's research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and Asian American identity. Playing a pivotal role in reforming Emory’s university mission “to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity,” Dean Nair wrote about Emory’s needs and outlined 5 important reasons why social change has fallen short for higher education nationwide in his 2016 Huffington Post article, Transforming Universities: The Lives and Labor of Student Activism.

Dean Nair will be joined by Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, and Robbye Kinkade, Project Director for the Responding to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (R.E.D.I) Project and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology and Management as well as the School of Medicine.


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Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the School of Social Welfare, this year's symposium is also part of the Professional Development Series.