Stony Brook University Libraries’ Anti-Racism Task Force

Text reading: Anti-Racism Task Force, Stony Brook University Libraries, overlaid on photo of protestors holding Black Lives Matter signs


Focus on ways for Stony Brook University Libraries to address social justice issues through access to information and awareness via resources, instruction, and programming.

  • Collection development: Improve the libraries online collections addressing racism perpetrated against underrepresented communities, specifically the African American community in the Black Lives Matter movement context.
  • Create interactive forums such as seminars and workshops that engage the community in understanding the deep structures of racism. 
  • Create an online collection of materials relevant to understanding and combating racism and discrimination.


The Anti-Racism Task Force was formed in the summer of 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd on May 25th at the hands of police and the national and international swift call to action against the continued racism perpetrated against people of African descent in the United States. The task force was formed to take action to uphold the statement against systemic racism by Stony Brook University Libraries.

Members (University Libraries)

  • Victoria Pilato
  • Mona Ramonetti, chair
  • Caterina Reed


  • Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, Africana Studies

2021/2022 Student Workers

  • Emely Alvarado-Lemoine (Health Sciences major, class of 2023)
  • Jason Do (Biochemistry major and Pre-Med Track, class of 2024) 
  • Maïa Gomis (Biology major and Africana Studies minor, class of 2021)
  • Sebastian Holguin (Applied Mathematics & Statistics major, class of 2022)
  • Dillon Meacham (PhD student in Music)
  • Emelyn Pareja-Garcia (Psychology major, class of 2024)

2022/2023 Student Workers

  • Jhordyne Donaldson
  • Eugene Hsiung
  • Momin Hussain
  • Dahiana Ortega Nunez
  • Jennasia Otway
  • Emelyn Pareja-Garcia
  • Edward Yeboah
  • Yuanyuan Zhu

2021/2022 Projects

  • Create a research guide focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement (Anti-Racism Task Force) and add to other related guides focusing on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity issues in general ( Stony Brook University Libraries’ Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee). The guide provides resources and search terms to help researchers and patrons search for material on racism and anti-racism. 
  • Create a digital collection documenting SBU’s response to the racial unrest that continues to plague the United States. The digital project will document the racial unrest following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, through interviews conducted by student workers and faculty of Stony Brook University Libraries and the Stony Brook University’s community (students, staff, and faculty).
  • Purchase online monographs, videos, and other resources relevant to the Black Lives Matter and other anti-racist movements.
  • Amass and periodically update a list of vendors (preferably African American and other underrepresented groups)


  • In collaboration with SBU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Judith Brown-Clarke, and Dr. Zebulon Miletsky (Africana Studies), SBU Libraries acquired the HistoryMakers database.
  • The Anti-Racism Task Force was awarded two $8000 grants from the Office of Chief Diversity Officer. The funds are dedicated to student salaries for their work on collection development, the research guide, and the digital project.

Participate in Our Digital Project

The anti-racism task force, along with student workers and personnel from Stony Brook University Libraries and the Africana Studies department, are documenting racial encounters, experiences, and perceptions about racial injustice that members of the SBU Community experienced related to the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, in the format of oral history interviewing. The focus of this digital project is to document the resurgence in the fight for racial and social justice that precipitated from the events of May 25, 2020.

This Racial Unrest of 2020: Experiences from the Stony Brook University Community digital collection of interviews with Stony Brook University students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, and faculty is available through the SBU Libraries Open Access repository, Academic Commons. If you are interested in contributing an oral history interview, please email or

All items will be managed and preserved by Stony Brook University Libraries and made open for educational purposes in an online platform available to the public.

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Attribution: The image is adapted with modifications from the original by Taymaz Valley from Ottawa, Canada, at the Wikimedia Commons and is reused under the terms of a CC BY 2.0 license.