Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity at the University Libraries

Native American Heritage Display at Communiversity

Our Mission

Respect for diversity is a fundamental value of Stony Brook University and the University Libraries, and is identified among the core values of our strategic growth.Working in parallel with the Office of the SBU’s Chief Diversity Officer the University Libraries Committee on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity will strive to:


  • build, preserve, and provide access to rich and diverse collections
  • recommend policies and projects that embed diversity and inclusion into the Libraries’ services and work environments
  • envision events that build cultural awareness and provide the tools needed to strengthen work relationships and build a supportive SBU community
  • increase awareness and sensitivity among library staff
  • develop responsive library spaces for diverse user communities

Library Initiatives

Hispanic Heritage Month Gift Basket to support PUERTO RICO

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and to help aid the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the library‘s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity committee put together a basket, to be auctioned at the Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony.  The basket’s theme was “Gimme a Break” and included iTunes gift cards, movie tickets, snacks, coffee, and other items for students.

Native American Heritage Exhibit

Perhaps most prominent of the Native American influencers at Stony Brook are Jay Levenson, an interlibrary loan clerk in the Access Services Department at University Libraries, and Timothy Long, a professor, conductor and pianist with the Department of Music. They remain key figures in promoting and furthering a fuller understanding of Native American culture, art and history on campus.

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity Lecture Series

November 27, 2017 at 2pm. “Germs, Genocides, and America’s Indigenous Peoples”  a lecture by Paul Kelton in honor of Native American Heritage Month
November 30, 2017 at 4:00 – 5:30pm.  Film Screening of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World.

Campus Events

November 2,2017  at 6pm. SAC: Sidney Gelber Auditorium. Diversity Film Series. We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes. Film project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Sponsored by the Department of Residential Programs

November 2, 2017 at 7pm. Cafe con LASO. Sabor Latino. SAC: Ballroom A. A night of diversity, food, music, dance, prizes and more. Sponsored by LASO.

November 8, 2017 at 1pm. Wang Center Theatre. Diversity Town Hall Meeting

November 9, 2017 at 11am. Wang Center Theater. “Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community.”

November 9, 2017 at 8-11pm. SAC Ballroom A. Journey Around the World Multicultural Show and Food Tasting

November 11, 2017  8pm. Staller Center-Main Stage. Martial Artists and Acrobats of China

November 12, 2017  2:30pm. Frank Melville Jr. Library-Center for Italian Studies Meeting Hall, Room E4340. Richard Nasti Lecture Series: Documentary Film: My Italian Secret Document

November 12, 2017 4:00pm. Stony Brook Hillel’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

November 13, 2017 4:00pm. SAC Auditorium. DIVERSITY FILM SERIES: MARSHA P. JOHNSON: Marsha P. Johnson, the story of a revolutionary transgender activist, and will discuss the topics covered in the film afterward. Light refreshments will be served.

November 14, 2017 3:00pm. East Campus  Health Sciences Tower.  HSC  Galleria Level 3. Diversity Plan Town Hall Meeting

November 16, 2017 6:00pm. Frank Melville Jr. Library-Center for Italian Studies Meeting Hall, Room E4340. Joseph Tromba Lecture Series: The Routledge Story of Italian Americans

November 29, 2017 1:00-2:30.  SAC: Ballroom A . Educational Seminar Food Sampling & Book Signing.  Collaborative event made possible by LeManuel Lee Bitsoi, EdD, Chief Diversity Officer, the Native American Student Association (NASO), Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt Group

November 29, 2017 6-8:30pm. SAC: Gelber Auditorium.  Festival of Lights.  The Festival of Lights celebrates the rich traditions of people of different cultural backgrounds, faiths and religious beliefs during the holiday season.

November 30, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1. Film screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. Co-sponsored by LeManuel Lee Bitsoi, SBU’s Chief Diversity Officer and University Libraries Committee on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

Other Events

November 29th – December 1st 2017: SUNY Diversity Conference

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series

Alfred d’Escragnolle Taunay and the Paraguayan War by Dr. Javier Uriarte
October 17th 2017
Javier Uriarte is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures

View photos from the event here


Javier Uriarte holds a PhD from New York University and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. His research focuses on the intersections between travel writing and war during the process of modernization in South America. He works on the spatial imagination in Latin America, and in the ways in which war, capital and the state have reconfigured the continents’s geographies in modern times. His book Travel Writing, War and the State in Latin America: The Desertmakers, is forthcoming with Routledge. He has published the co-edited volume Entre el humo y la niebla: guerra y cultura en América Latina (2016), and a second co-edited book is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press, titled Intimate Frontiers: a Literary Geography of the Amazon.

This talk will discuss the ways in which Alfred d’Escragnolle Taunay, one of Brazil’s best known Romantic writers, approached the Paraguayan War (1864-5), one of the most tragic events in the history of Latin America, in which the author participated. Specifically, the talk will focus on the conservative ideology of the author, and on the ways in which he constructed the fall of the imperial system in Brazil (1889) in his book of Memoirs (1890-99). In this retrospective perspective, the I goes back to his relationship to Brazil’s aristocracy and his participation in the war. However, the fact that the book was only published (at his request) only after his death, explains the critical tone he adopts here with respect to the role of the state during the war. This is in many ways the perspective of an author whose world (the imperial system) has crumbled under his eyes. This book is a testimony of this process, and the Paraguayan War has a central role in it.

The Bilingual Identity and its Expression in Oral and Written Form by Elena Davidiak
October 30th 2017
Elena Davidiak is lecturer in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.

People who consistently exist and function within two linguistic and cultural domains express their complex linguistic and cultural identity through the way they communicate in speech and in writing. Extensive borrowing, code switching and code mixing are typical of bilingual and bicultural speakers, and are also present in their informal writing, such as text messages and posts on social media. Even their more formal speech and writing will be different from those of monolingual speakers of either language, showing a consistent presence of borrowings and semantic shifts. Moreover, the speakers will often be aware of these phenomena and comment on both their unique cultural experience and their specific way of expression, which should be recognized and examined with the attention they deserve.

Elena Davidiak received her Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Moscow State Linguistic University. Her graduate studies focused on language structure and acquisition, with emphasis in Spanish. She joined the Stony Brook faculty in 2007, after completing her graduate coursework, and consecutively defended her dissertation in child multilingualism and was awarded the PhD title in 2010. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and also directed individual study in language acquisition and translation and acted as a reader for Masters’ dissertations. Her primary research area is the sociopragmatic aspect of bilingualism and multilingualism, with focus on bilingual language acquisition in children and code switching. She is also interested in the theory and practice of translation and interpreting and in teaching language for special purposes, especially for medical personnel. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian, and her research analyzes the contact situations and relationship between these languages.


Safe Space at Melville Library

Safe Space at Melville Library
Across campus there are Safe Space members available to support and confidentially consult with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ*) community and their allies.

Safe Space members in Melville Library include: Darren Chase, NS2-A in the North Reading Room and Tara Grynne, W2550 on the 2nd floor of Melville Library.



R.E.D.I Project Seminar

REDI SeminarLibrary faculty & staff have made it a priority to attend the R.E.D.I. Project Seminars, offered by Stony Brook University’s Plan for Diversity Equity & Inclusion. The six-hour seminar is geared toward increasing the understanding and celebration of the myriad of cultures that contribute to our diverse campus community. Those who have attended have praised it as a life-changing and incredible experience.