Beyond the Expected Podcast: Being an Ally

Judith Brown Clarke with Adam Gonzalez and Juliette Passer

beyond the expected bridging racial divideIn 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.
In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” we’ll be talking about being an ally — what it is, how to do it and why it’s so important in today’s racially, ethnically and politically divided society.
Two Stony Brook experts talk with Stony Brook University Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Judith Brown Clarke about the emotional toll prejudice takes on individuals across our campus and in society today, and how ‘Being an Ally’ can help ease the pain. We’ll look at what it means to be an Ally, how to do it, why it matters, and how it fits into Stony Brook University’s broader Diversity Plan. We’ll also see the policies and procedures that are the foundation of our strategy and how we’re building diversity into our curriculums.
Guests include:

  • Dr. Adam Gonzalez, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health and Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Renaissance School of Medicine
  • Juliette Passer, Esq., practicing NY attorney, a corporate diversity director, and adjunct professor, Political Science Department, Stony Brook University

This episode originally aired on Facebook Live on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

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