Chief Diversity Officer Judith Brown Clarke with Carmen Gonzalez, Zebulon Vance Miletsky and Jedan Phillips
The killing of George Floyd and similar tragic incidents have widened the racial divide in America and caused national unrest. At the same time, they’ve opened up a bigger conversation across the country about structural and systemic racism as it exists today. They’ve brought some of the critical issues of our times — from implicit bias to negative stereotypes and far worse — to the forefront of our consciousness.
Dr. Judith Brown Clarke, Chief Diversity Officer at Stony Brook University, serves as the moderator in this episode of the “Beyond the Expected” podcast. She and her guests look at what Stony Brook is doing — around campus and across disciplines — to deal with these types of issues and how to be accountable for change and growth, with everyone playing a role. Dr. Brown Clarke is working to ensure the University provides a campus environment that is just, equitable and tolerant.
As the University is enhancing its Diversity Plan, we will get to hear from three distinguished panelists from the University’s faculty/staff who will give insight into what’s happening in their areas of academia, front-line medical care and procurement. They’ll also share the barriers they’ve had to break, both personally and professionally, as people of color, to get where they are today.
- Carmen Gonzalez, Stony Brook University Assistant Vice President for Procurement. As part of her role at Stony Brook, she leads the areas of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, which are integral components of our commitment to supplier diversity.
- Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and a historian specializing in recent African-American History, Civil Rights and Black Power, Urban History, Mixed Race and Biracial identity, and Hip-Hop Studies. His research interests include: African-Americans in Boston; Northern freedom movements outside of the South; mixed race history in the U.S.; and the Afro-Latin diaspora.
- Dr. Jedan Phillips, MD, is a family medicine specialist and full-time faculty member at Stony Brook Medicine, where he treats patients and is involved with medical education and leading-edge research. Dr. Phillips also serves as the Medical Director for Stony Brook Medicine’s Home Outreach and Medical Education — or HOME — program.