If there is one definite thing that Stony Brook has, it is diversity. The pride of this school is based on pretty much two things: being a research university and being diverse. The close proximity to New York City’s minority populations strongly influences the perceptions of the student community. The University coddles diversity and encourages the exploration of ethnicity and race. The amount of ethnicity-based clubs and organizations on campus can be mind-boggling.
Stony Brook has many internal grant programs and an exchange program with schools in China and India, so there is a strong presence of these cultures on campus. The leaders of student organizations participate in the Students’ Diversity Council, an advisory group that develops events and activities, including the annual Diversity Day celebration. It is tough to calculate the innumerable amount of on-campus programs, many of which are student initiated, that transform and improve the remarkable social dynamic. The atmosphere of cultural, political, and religious understanding at Stony Brook unequivocally contributes to the appreciation students have for diversity and difference.