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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, JD, has oversight of Downstate's hiring practices, employment policies, compliance with federal, state, and university non-discrimination laws and polices, and workforce cultural competency training.

Mr. 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 Campus Cultural Competency Committee, he has oversight of the Joint Commission’s Cultural Competency Family Centered Care, and LGBT Centered Care Accreditation Standards.

Mr. Antoine is a nationally recognized leader in diversity, change management, and health equity. He was recognized with Insight Into Diversity Magazine’s 2014 Diversity Visionary Award, the only individual honor of its kind nationally. He has been recognized for his work in health equity by organizations that included the Harvard School of Public Health and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

In addition to his duties at Downstate, Mr. Antoine serves as the National Legislative Chairman for the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity. He is also a frequent national speaker on issues of diversity, civil rights, and health equity. Notably he has presented at the Harvard School of Public Health (2002), New York Times Healthcare Diversity Summit (2010), and Association of American Medical Colleges Spring Conference (2011). He is also a former U.S. Air Force officer. He is also a member of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Diversity Task Force.

In 1996 Mr. Antoine was the first African American to win a major political party's (Democratic) nomination for the United States Congress in Mississippi's majority-White Fourth Congressional District. His nomination upset the Mississippi political establishment. The award-winning documentary The Candidate 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.

Mr. Antoine is a former Harvard University Administrative Fellow. He received his law degree from the College of William & Mary, a certificate in Organizational Change from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Relations, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.


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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