Students use cupcakes, tie-dye in diversity talk

Celine Ryan
California Senior Campus Correspondent

  • Stony Brook University is hosting an Oct. 15 "Diversity Cupcakes" event, where students will use different cupcake toppings to represent their race, class, etc.
  • The school will also host an Oct. 19 “Tie Dye-Versity” function, which will feature a conversation on diversity while students make tie dye shirts.
  • Stony Brook University in New York invites students to express their diversity through cupcake decorating and "tie-dye-versity" in October.

    Students can attend an Oct. 15 “Diversity Cupcakes” event, designed to make them aware of “how different each individual can be, without even realizing it.” Attendees will decorate cupcakes “which best defines [sic] their identity.” 

    “Placing dialogue secondary to a fun event like tie-dying shirts or decorating cupcakes takes away needed focus from the actual dialogue.”   

    Different cupcake toppings will represent different aspects of each individual’s intersectional identity, such as race, sexual orientation, class, and even relationship status. Each frosting color will also signify a certain hobby. Event organizers call it “a fun, colorful, and tasty way” to “create an appreciation” for differences.  

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    Stony Brook also invites students to an Oct. 19 event, titled “Tie Dye-Versity,” where they will “[focus] on creating a conversation on diversity while making tie[-]dye shirts.”  Attendees will participate in activities that “make them think on their own identities, explore ideas of diversity, and enjoy a fin [sic] day outside while making their own shirt.”

    “These types of events seem like wastes of money,” Stony Brook student Justin Ullman told Campus Reform. “Placing dialogue secondary to a fun event like tie-dying shirts or decorating cupcakes takes away needed focus from the actual dialogue.”

    “The more productive events are those that place dialogue as the primary purpose,” Ullman said, noting that while he fully supports “accepting diversity in [the school’s] community,” he feels that “decorating cupcakes likely does not have any effect on someone’s acceptance of others compared to prior [to] the event.”

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    “The tried and true method of spreading understanding is through simple dialogue,” he asserted.

    Campus Reform reached out to Stony Brook for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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    Celine Ryan

    Celine Ryan

    California Senior Campus Correspondent

    Celine Ryan is a California Senior Campus Correspondent, and reports on liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. Celine is a sophomore at Cuesta College, where she serves as president of Young Americans for Liberty.

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