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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


Assistant Vice President Professor Kevin L Antoine, JD is a Fulbright Specialist and 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. He is also a former U.S. Air Force Captain.

He has oversight of Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) hiring practices, employment policies, compliance with federal, state, and university nondiscrimination laws and polices, and workforce cultural competency training. He 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.

Professor Antoine 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. In addition he has faculty appointment in the College of Nursing as an assistant professor of health law and policy.

Professor Antoine is a nationally recognized leader, scholar, and frequent speaker on civil rights, diversity, change management, and health equity. In 2016 the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars selected him to the Fulbright Specialist Roster. In 2014 he was recognized with Insight Into Diversity Magazine's 2014 Diversity Visionary Award.

He is member of the board of directors of the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity and serves as its Legislative Chairman. He is also a member of the State University of New York Chancellor's Diversity Task Force.

In 1996 Professor 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.


Shaundelle Moore Goldsmith, JD


As Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion Ms. Goldsmith consults with Downstate's leadership and administration on all matters concerning compliance with federal, state and SUNY policies that prohibit discrimination in employment and education. Ms. Goldsmith is also responsible for administration of Downstate's Title IX compliance program including the development and management of programs on gender discrimination prevention policies, reporting and resources. This charge includes oversight of all gender discrimination prevention activities at Downstate as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Ms. Goldsmith also serves on a variety of center wide committees including the Cultural Competency Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Women's History Month Committee and the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award Committee.

Prior to coming to Downstate, Ms. Goldsmith practiced law 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 securities and bankruptcy filings. 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 an EEO Professionals certificate from Cornell University. She is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

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