Failing to point out the school’s problems is the same as claiming they don’t exist, and sweeping Stony Brook’s problems under the rug puts a whole new class of high school seniors in a position to be blindsided should they choose to come to the so-called 80th-best college in the country.
As modeled by the creator of the #MeToo movement, the incomparable Tarana Burke, we could create spaces where survivors can come together for solidarity, a chance to share their stories and community healing. Together, we could go far beyond.
I was shocked that a campus administration that has vocalized its support of Dreamers, Muslims and transgender people in this past year alone has not made an active effort to tell the survivors of abuse on its campus that it stands with them.
Founded in 2013 with a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities engages in the research of boys, men, masculinities and gender in order “to foster greater social justice” in gender relations, according to the center’s website.