Stony Brook Experts Discuss How SBU Built a Culture of Success, Eliminated Equity Gaps and Accelerated Social Mobility


CHarles RobbinsCharles L. Robbins, DSW, LCSW
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Colleges
Stony Brook University

Charles Robbins, who also holds the title of Executive Director of Stony Brook’s Center for Changing Systems of Power, has led Stony Brook’s efforts to improve graduation rates and the quality of the undergraduate academic experience, and was the initial coordinator of Stony Brook’s engagement in UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. He was the Associate Dean at the University’s School of Social Welfare and chair of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness, and is affiliated faculty in the Graduate Program in Public Health. He was an official NGO delegate to the United Nations representing the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and more recently MCW, Global, an NGO on whose board he serves. His research focuses on masculinities and gender as well as student success. Dr. Robbins is a frequent speaker and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Shelley GermanaRachelle Germana, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education
Stony Brook University

Rachelle Germana, who also teaches in the Higher Education Administration master’s program, earned her PhD in sociology from Rutgers University, where she taught introductory courses on sociological topics, as well as upper-division courses on gender, social identities and social transitions. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Dr. Germana taught in the Gender Studies program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and was involved in multidisciplinary curriculum development and assessment. In her current role as Associate Provost, she leads a variety of divisional and University efforts around student success, including strategy and initiatives to support student transition, retention and graduation. Dr. Germana also co-leads the regional effort on college readiness and transition for the Long Island Advisory Council on Higher Education.

Braden HoschBraden J. Hosch, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness
Stony Brook University

Braden Hosch is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness at Stony Brook University where he leads all aspects of institutional research, helps shape policy and planning, and oversees institutional effectiveness efforts. Braden led adoption of a data governance structure at Stony Brook University, and chairs the University’s Data Governance Council. He has also overseen the integration of institutional research and business intelligence on the campus. In addition, he has published on topics as diverse as how to create a university data strategy, the impact of big data on decision-making in higher education, the impact of motivation on student learning outcome assessment, benchmarking sources in higher education, and inconsistencies in how institutions determine student living costs.

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