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Terminology Guidelines

Terminology Guidelines - Recommendations by the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity

Commission Chairs:

  • Ann Shields, 1989-90
  • Charles Sena, 1990-91
  • Daniel Davis, 1991-92


This brochure is the result of a 1989 request by former Penn State President Bryce Jordan, asking the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity for suggestions concerning appropriate terminology to use when referring to various racial/ethnic minorities. The Terminology Committee, a task group formed within the Commission, was charged by Ann Shields, chair, to study the issue of terminology for the various racial/ethnic groups and to recommend suggested terminology.

For further information, contact:
The Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity
The Pennsylvania State University
234 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802-6703
(814) 863-7696


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