State of the University 2019 – Highlights

State of the University 2019 – Highlights

November 13, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


Please welcome the Interim President of
Stony Brook University, Dr. Michael Bernstein. I’m Michael Bernstein, the
Interim President of Stony Brook University. My pronouns are he/his/him. We
are committed to diversity and inclusive excellence, first and foremost, because we
are committed to equity and fairness. We believe that access to the opportunities
that our institution represents should not be restricted on any basis that is
anchored in bigotry or exclusion. The second reason we’re committed to
diversity and inclusive excellence is that we resolutely believe — as scholars,
as scientists, as educators, as artists — that a diverse and inclusive population
generates optimal results in research, in scholarship, in artmaking, in education,
in mentorship, in professional service. The more diverse that population, the
better the results, and certainly the more effective the education we provide
to our students. We will invest in our students, we will invest in our faculty,
we will invest with a view towards sustaining and strengthening diversity
and inclusion across our organization, and we will always support the multiple
missions of our university. That’s the prime directive,
that’s the compass heading, that’s how we frame our best decisions. We are an elite,
but not an elitist, institution. What we accomplish with our students is
remarkable because of the quality of the accomplishment. We’re Stony Brook University and the operative word there is “universe.” We are
better poised, we are well poised to do cutting-edge research, scholarship and
artmaking in all of these areas of concern in our world today precisely
because of who we are, precisely because of where we came from, and precisely
because of all the things that we do. Our university demonstrates not only the
very best of what American higher education has to offer, but the array and
indeed the total 360-degree richness of what American higher education has to
offer. And that too is part of our mission, our legacy, and indeed it’s our
story. Thank you very much.