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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Office of Diversity & Inclusion


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Kevin L. Antoine, JD

Kevin L. Antoine, JD

Assistant Vice President


As the Assistant Vice President of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (Downstate), located in Brooklyn, Kevin Antoine has oversight of Downstate's hiring practices, employment policies, and compliance with federal, state, and university non-discrimination laws and polices.

Assistant Vice President Antoine also provides oversight, leadership, information, consultation, coordination, and assistance to Downstate's various constituencies in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of its faculty, staff, and students. He also chairs Downstate's University Hospital of Brooklyn Cultural Competency Committee. As chairman of the Cultural Competency Committee, Assistant Vice President Antoine has oversight of the new Joint Commission Hospital Cultural Competency Accreditation Standard which mandates health care providers and health care organizations to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and language needs brought by the patient to the health care provider. He also serves as the United States Fulbright Scholars Program Campus Representative.

Assistant Vice President Antoine is a nationally recognized leader in diversity, change management, and health equity. Assistant Vice President Antoine has been recognized for his work in diversity and health equity by organizations that include the National Diversity Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Newsletter, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and City University of New York Minority Access Program.

Assistant Vice President Antoine is an author and frequent speaker and lecturer at conferences, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. As an Assistant Professor of Health Law & Policy, Professor Antoine's research focuses on comparing global heath equity initiatives of the World Health Organization and United Nations to domestic health equity initiatives underway in the United States. In the new book Teaching Cultural Competence in Healthcare and Nursing he wrote the section "Tracing the Legal Right to Healthcare under International Law and U.S. Law."

Prior to coming to Downstate, Assistant Vice President Antoine served as Special Assistant to the President for Government Affairs and Diversity at the City University of New York College of Staten Island, a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as an attorney for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts Equal Employment Office.

In 1996 Assistant Vice President Antoine was the first African American to win a major political party's (Democratic) nomination for the United States House of Representatives in Mississippi's majority-White Fourth Congressional District. His nomination upset the Mississippi political establishment. The award winning documentary The Candidate: The Campaign of Kevin Antoine explores the challenges and adversity of his historic political campaign. The Candidate won the Best Political Documentary Award at the 2007 New York International Film and Video Festival.

A former Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health, Assistant Vice President Antoine earned a Doctor of Law Degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law, a certificate in Leadership and Organizational Change from Cornell University, and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He serves as Downstate's representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI). Assistant Vice President Antoine is also a former U.S. Air Force Captain.


Shaundelle Moore Goldsmith, JD

EEO and Title IX Advisor

As the EEO Title IX Advisor in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion Ms. Goldsmith's areas of responsibilities include monitoring Downstate's compliance with New York human rights law, Executive Law Sec. 296 and federal civil rights laws including Title VII and Title IX. Ms. Goldsmith provides guidance to all Downstate departments regarding their responsibilities under the governing state and federal civil rights laws and investigates internal civil rights complaints brought to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Ms. Goldsmith also serves on a variety of center wide committees including the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award Committee, Women's History Month Committee, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Employee Assistance Committee.

Prior to coming to Downstate, Ms. Goldsmith worked in the litigation department of several New York law firms including Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP where she worked on government investigations and complex litigation including, civil rights, securities and bankruptcy. Ms. Goldsmith was a member of the team representing corporate clients such as Enron and Citigroup in litigation and administrative hearings. Ms. Goldsmith received her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and received her law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law, and a certificate in Leadership and Organizational Change from Cornell University. She is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

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Lorraine Brooks, MPH

Lorraine Brooks, MPH

Director of The Employee Assistance Program

Lorraine Brooks is Director of the Employee Assistance Program. She received her Master's in Public Health, Summa Cum Laude, from Brooklyn College and her bachelor's degree from Queens College in New York. Ms. Brooks is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Credentialed Tobacco Addiction Counselor (CTAC), and an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (ASAC). She received specialized training in Critical Incident Stress Intervention, Grief Counseling, and prevention of trauma and violence in the workplace. She holds additional certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Professional under the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991.

Ms. Brooks is also an advocate for women's issues and domestic violence prevention. She is the chairperson of Downstate's Domestic Violence Committee and Women's History Committee. She is also one of the hosts of Downstate's statewide television show "Health Center" which covers a healthcare and health policy current events. Ms. Brooks professional affiliations include ; Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) (where she serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee and Co-Chair of the Women's Issues Committee for the Long Island Chapter); Employee Assistance Society of North America; National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors; American Public Health Association, and the New York Federation of Alcoholism Counselors. In 2003 she selected to be honored in Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Ms. Brooks also holds a faculty appointment at Brooklyn College, and serves as a private consultant to small businesses establishing drug-free workplace policies.

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