SUNY Downstate’s Shaundelle Goldsmith Receives Diversity Visionary Award

Aug 29, 2016

Kevin Antoine Joins Fulbright Specialist Roster


Brooklyn, NY – Shaundelle Moore Goldsmith, JD, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been recognized with the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity in higher education.

Passionate about promoting cultural diversity and awareness of all forms of discrimination, Ms. Goldsmith has created policies and procedures to promote access and awareness of intervention resources. She also educates SUNY Downstate faculty, staff, and students on abuse prevention and awareness. Ms. Goldsmith established the Women’s History Month documentary luncheon series, which provides an informal venue for the campus community to interact and discuss timely issues relevant to women’s equality. In addition, she serves on various campus committees that engage the surrounding Brooklyn community.

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Carlos N. Medina, EdD, vice chancellor and chief diversity officer for the State University of New York system, and Kevin L. Antoine, JD, assistant vice president for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at SUNY Downstate and assistant professor in the College of Nursing, are past recipients of the Diversity Visionary Award.

Mr. Antoine has also joined the Fulbright Specialist Roster, a program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Specialist Roster is a list of all candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists. Mr. Antoine also is a member of SUNY's Diversity Task Force. The Task Force guides the development of policies that inform SUNY’s efforts to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff, and also to ensure a supportive, welcoming environment for every member of the SUNY family at both the system and campus levels. 

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

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is committed to diversity and inclusive excellence in faculty, staff, and student recruitment, development, promotion and retention. In this important effort, Downstate’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership, guidance, information, and assistance to the campus’s various constituencies in respecting cultural differences, languages, political beliefs, and ideologies. In partnership with Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn, the office promotes cultural competence to increase health equity, taking into account the diversity of patients at University Hospital and its affiliates.



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.