SBU Panel to Share HeForShe Lessons at SXSW

A panel from Stony Brook University, led by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, will deliver a presentation outlining the University’s experience with the UN HeForShe initiative at the SXSWedu Conference, taking place March 6-9, 2017, in Austin, Texas.


President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD,  speaks at UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary events on Sept. 20, 2016.

SXSWedu, an outgrowth of the famous SXSW conference on music, film and media, aims to foster innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education.

Joining President Stanley on the panel will be SBU undergraduate Bridget Foley, a member of the university’s HeForShe Steering Committee, and graduate student Tayisha R Saint Vil.

The three will present a case study about SBU’s equality and diversity initiatives, sharing lessons learned and opening the floor to a discussion about gender and human rights at all levels of education.

Entitled “A Gender Lens: Evolving Equality in Education,” the panel emerges from Stony Brook’s involvement as one of 10 University Champions worldwide for UN Women’s HeForShe movement. In this capacity SBU is taking bold steps not only to achieve gender equality on our campus, but also to inspire and support a gender-equal society. The panel is one of 240 chosen from a pool of 1300 applicants; strong support from the SBU community was critical to its selection.

HeForShe is a UN-sponsored initiative charged with galvanizing momentum worldwide in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Panel participant Bridget Foley explains the importance of gender equality.

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