Christina Vargas Law ’90, ’93, President, Stony Brook University Alumni Association

As the Alumni Association’s new President, Christina says she will focus her attention on “engagement, engagement, engagement” of all Stony Brook alumni.

“The Alumni Association, under Maria Ryan’s very capable leadership, is now poised to maximize involvement among various majors, classes, and other alumni groups. I’d like that engagement to begin the moment a freshman student steps foot on campus,” said Christina.

It’s a challenge, Dr. Maria Ryan believes Christina is more than capable of meeting.

“Christina has worked for many years to ensure that the diversity that is such an important component of the Stony Brook University experience is reflected in the composition of our Board,” said Maria, ” She has championed Alumni Association scholarships for students in financial need and worked diligently to engage all constituents through her work on developing alumni affinity groups.”

Christina’s work with the Stony Brook Alumni Association began in 2000. She served as Chair of the Awards and Grants Committee, Chapters and Affinity Groups committee, as well as a member of the homecoming and Distinguished Alumni Awards committee. She was instrumental in developing the Association’s Five Year Strategic Plan and initiated reunion and mentoring activities for Black and Latino Alumni.

She is the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action at Stony Brook University and, for the last 15 years, has held progressively responsible positions in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action and Human Resources. Throughout her career, Christina has displayed a passion for social justice, multiculturalism and diversity and has worked to bring various communities together in partnership with Stony Brook.

Christina serves on many internal diversity committees as well as advisory boards for the President, the Dean of Students, the Social Justice Center; the Equal Opportunity Program; the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center; the Wo/Men’s Center and Hispanic Heritage Month. She is part of the leadership team of the “President’s Task Force on Campus Climate,” a campus-wide initiative that is examining and addressing issues of inclusion and organizational culture. For the last 10 years, Christina has been the chapter advisor for Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and was made an honorary sister in 2006.

Christina also serves on the Board of Directors for ERASE Racism , Inc. (Education, Research, Advocacy and Support to Eliminate Racism), is a member of the American Association of Affirmative Action and previously served as a member of the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Council. She frequently serves as a facilitator and presenter at local and national conferences.

Her many contributions have earned Christina multiple awards and recognitions. In 2008 alone, she received the President’s and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the Suffolk County Martin Luther King Jr. Award, and the University Hospital Community Service Recognition.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Christina received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management (’90) and her Master of Science in Management and Policy (’93) from Stony Brook. She also is a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional. A resident of Coram, she is the proud mother of three boys.

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