INSIGHT Into Diversity is excited to welcome to its Editorial Board LeManuel “Lee” Bitsóí, EdD, the chief diversity officer at Stony Brook University in New York.
In his current role, Bitsóí leads efforts to institutionalize diversity, equity, and inclusion on Stony Brook’s campuses. He has dedicated his career to broadening the participation of underrepresented and underserved students in science and research, as well as helping them become scientifically informed members of the community.
Also a critical ethnographer and bioethicist, he relies on indigenous epistemologies to guide his work and emphasizes that diversity is a constantly evolving, interdependent ecosystem that requires everyone’s participation.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. Bitsóí to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “His experience with underrepresented students, along with his deep commitment to the work of diversity and inclusion, provide him a special understanding of the issues faced by diverse institutions.”
Prior to joining Stony Brook, Bitsóí served in administrative and faculty positions at Harvard University, Dartmouth University, Georgetown University, and Rush University Medical Center. He has served on several boards, including the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the National Research Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Native American Affairs Committee for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.
Bitsóí has been recognized for his work by the Navajo Nation, Harvard Medical School, the University of Central Florida, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Northern Arizona University, and the North American Indian Center of Boston.
He earned a bachelor of science from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on access and equity issues for Native Americans in higher education.