Diversity Events & Training



Pride Panel Event
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a panel discussion with our 4-person panel, who will talk about why, what, and how, they provide services for those identifying as LGBTQ*.

This 4-person panel will include Dr. Allison Eliscu, Dr. Adam Gonzalez, and Rose Cardin, co-chairs of the Stony Brook LGBTQ* committee, and Chris Tanaka, the director and force behind the LGBTQ*center on our campus.

We invite you to register for the zoom event by clicking here. We also encourage you to include any questions that you may have for the panel within the registration link.

You may visit the LGBTQ website for Stony Brook Medicine here.  You may also visit the LGBTQ* Center at Stony Brook by clicking here.


"LGBTQ+ 101: Cultural Competency Webinar"
Monday, June 21, 2021
2:00-3:30 P

This webinar is designed to build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to enable non-physician health and human services providers to deliver culturally competent services to the diverse range of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) clients they serve.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • define various gender and sexuality terminologies, including identities and concepts, used in LGBTQ communities
  • distinguish between various forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ+ people and how these levels are interconnected
  • recognize specific LGBTQ health disparities among various LGBTQ subpopulations
  • describe protective factors for LGBTQ people that counter health risks
  • identify strategies that organizations/agencies can adopt or create to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients/patients and staff

SHTM Women’s History Month Panel Event
"Powerful Women’s Voices"
Monday, March 22, 2021
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Please join the School of Health Technology and Management on Monday, March 22, 2021 for our panel, Powerful Women Voices. We will engage in discussion about how these powerful women have found and used their own voices to propel them in their academic and professional careers. Moderated by Stony Brook University's Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education, Dr. Marianna Savoca, five panelists will share how their voices were found and formed, and how these voices have framed their current endeavors. 

Panelists include:

Elder Sister Leaders

Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP
Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, MSW, LMSW, CLC
Madeline Quintyne-McConney, MSW

Upcoming Sister Leaders

Melonie Evans-Bonilla, RN
Monica Lorenzo, MS, ATC, CES

February 25, 2021, 5:30 - 6:45 PM
SHTM Black History Month Closing Ceremony:  The Black Community and Resistance to the COVID-19 Vaccine

The School of Health Technology and Management is pleased to continue the celebration of Black History Month by addressing a very important topic for the Black community – fears about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Join us as we welcome Dr. Jedan Phillips, MD, FAAFP as he discusses the current disproportionality in rates for black people in terms of infection with COVID-19, poorer health outcomes, and deaths. Dr. Phillips will engage participants in answering questions about the virus as well as to challenge participants to think about the question - where do we go from here?

February 11, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Minorities and Mental Health

The School of Health Technology and Management is pleased to continue the celebration of Black History Month by addressing a very important topic for the Black community – mental health.  Please join us for a panel discussion on minorities and mental health.  Our panelists will be Anne Marie Montijo, LCSW, Sheri-Ann Best, LCSW, and Jarvis Watson, EdD.

Discussing mental health needs may often be stigmatized by some members of the Black community despite evidence which supports the need for such services.  According to recent studies, the rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population. However, disparities exist in regard to mental health care services. African Americans often receive poorer quality of care and lack access to culturally competent care. Only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receive it. In addition, compared with non-Hispanic whites, African Americans with any mental illness have lower rates of any mental health service use including prescription medications and outpatient services, but higher use of inpatient services. Compared with whites, African Americans are less likely to receive guideline-consistent care, less frequently included in research, and more likely to use emergency rooms or primary care (rather than mental health specialists). Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

February 3, 2021, 1:00 – 2:20 PM
Webinar: Stony Brook University Black History Month Opening Ceremony

Dr. Julieanna L. Richardson, Founder and Executive Director, The HistoryMakers Oral History Video Collection 

January 27, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Disability and the ERA Town Hall

SHTM's Dr. Brooke Ellison will be participating in a virtual town hall discussion on Disability and the Equal Rights Amendment. For more information, please visit: https://eracoalition.salsalabs.org/disabilityandtheeratownhall/index.html

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1 PM
Cultural Competence in Healthcare Education

Please join us on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1 PM for a presentaton on Cultural Competence in Healthcare Education hosted by the School of Health Technology and Management's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Given the rapidly changing demographics of the American population over the past two decades, cultural competence has gained national attention as a means to improving the quality of and minimizing racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare. Within this time, all medical and healthcare education accredited bodies have mandated cultural competency training to be included in their respective discipline-specific curricula with minimal guidelines. This session will present the current practices and barriers among healthcare/medical education programs in fostering environments that successfully develop culturally competent entry-level clinicians. The presenter will conclude with facilitating an interactive discussion that lists alternative cultural competency training activities that might occur outside of a classroom.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: define cultural competency; describe cultural competency models that medical and health care providers currently use when providing culturally responsive services; discuss the barriers in producing culturally competent entry-level clinicians in medical and health care education; summarize the current practices of cultural competency training within medical education; identify the connections between culturally competent clinicians and the factors that affect their patient’s health (using the biopsychosocial model); and develop a list of alternative cultural competency training activities that would occur outside of a classroom. 

November 12, 2020:  Join Jennifer "J-Pop" Hutton at 12 PM for “Anti-Racism and Allyship for Healthcare Professionals", the first lecture in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Guest Speaker Series.  Click here for the flyer.  

October 29, 2020:  Join Dr. James Glaude-Pierre at 12 PM for a Lunch & Learn session on "Having (Un)Comfortable Conversations."  For more information, click here for event flyer.