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Selected Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-17 EOPC Funded Programs

Summer 2016 Programs


Pre-College or College Articulation Programs – for high-school students and students entering Penn State

 

Program Title: Aspiring Scholars Summer Bridge Program
Campus: Berks
Project Director: Aubrey Edwards
Phone: (610) 396-6074
Email: are12@psu.edu

Program Description: This program supports economically disadvantaged students who are accepted into the ASPIRE program at Penn State Berks to bridge the transition from high school to college. In addition to college-level preparation courses, they learn about college life through interacting with program staff and peer mentors in various activities.

 

Program Title: Business Simulation Camp for Young Women
Campus: Erie
Project Director: Randy Brown
Phone: (814) 898-6042
Email: rcb22@psu.edu

Program Description: This academic camp for high school girls is designed to increase their interest in business and to encourage them to enroll in the School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

 

Program Title: Mathematics Academic Prep (MAP)
Campus: Abington
Project Director: Mikhail Kagan
Phone: (215) 881-7471
Email: mak411@psu.edu

Program Description: MAP is a non-credit course for first-year students who have developmental math needs. The purpose of the program is to improve their math skills such that they will be prepared to start the fall semester in first-year calculus (Math 140) so they will be on track with their STEM math requirements at the outset of their college careers.

 

Program Title: Pre-Freshman Engineering and Science (PREF)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Amy Freeman
Phone: (814) 865-7138
Email: afreeman@engr.psu.edu

Program Description: PREF is a rigorous academic enrichment and orientation program specifically developed to bolster the retention of first-year students entering curriculums in engineering and science at the Penn State University Park campus. The components of PREF accommodate the academic, social, cultural, and adjustment needs of these students.

 

Program Title: Summer College Opportunity in Education (SCOPE)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: María Schmidt
Phone: (814) 867-1521
Email: mjs125@psu.edu

Program Description: SCOPE is a four-week academic intensive program for high school sophomores from multicultural backgrounds interested in a career in teaching, counseling, special education, rehabilitation, or educational administration. SCOPE aims to promote and increase the recruitment, participation and success rates of underrepresented students in higher education and more specifically in the education field.

 

Program Title: Summer Research Experience in the College of Agricultural Sciences (SECAS)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Derek James
Phone: (814) 865-3215
Email: daj17@psu.edu

Program Description: SECAS collaborates with Upward Bound Math and Science to help prepare low-income/first-generation high school students who are interested in agricultural majors and careers for success in college.

 

Program Title: UBMS Summer STEM Academy
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Angela Miller
Phone: (814) 863-4292
Email: aks9@psu.edu

Program Description: This program is a collaboration between the Upward Bound Math and Science Program, Bayer, the College of Agricultural Sciences, Eberly College of Science, and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The STEM Academy provides low-income/first-generation high school students in grades 9-11 an opportunity to conduct research in Penn State facilities with faculty in the STEM fields for six weeks during the summer.

 

College Student Programs - diversity education and support programs for undergraduate or graduate students


Program Title: Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates
Campus: Several
Project Director: Erin Hostetler and Michael Wagstaff
Phone: (81) 867-3019
Email:  and 

Program Description: Undergraduate students from several Penn State campuses engage in an 8-week summer research experience with faculty mentors.

 

Program Title: DC Social Justice Fellowship
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Efrain Marimon and María Schmidt
Phone: (814) 867-1521
Email: and

Program Description: Students participate in a course at Georgetown Law School that teaches diversity and social justice competencies while working with various stakeholders in the Washington, D.C. area to address complex social issues.

 

Academic Year 2016–17 Programs

 

Pre-College Programs – for high school students

 

Program Title: Behrend Business Day for Young Women
Campus: Erie
Project Director: Randy Brown
Phone: (814) 898-6042
Email: rcb22@psu.edu

Program Description: The School of Business at Behrend will host high school girls for recruitment activities that include problem-solving, discussion, and presentations led by faculty and business professionals.

 

College Student Programs - diversity education and support programs for undergraduate students

 

Program Title: Asian American Students in Action (AASIA)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Dara Sanoubane
Phone: (814) 865-1773
Email: dns10@psu.edu

Program Description: This mentoring program is designed to address the retention of Asian and Pacific American (APA) students at University Park. Although University Park has many mentoring programs, none specifically address the need to retain and graduate APA undergraduate students. Historically, this lack of support stems from the labeling of APA students as a “model minority” and the many biases against APA students due to that label. However, at Penn State, APA students still lag behind white students in their retention and graduation rates. The goal of the program is to help incoming APA students make a successful transition from high school to college.

 

Program Title: Bunton-Waller Fellow/Lendfest Scholars Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Hank McCoullum
Phone: (814) 863-0285
Email: hwm1@psu.edu

Program Description: This program supports the transition to Penn State for first-year Bunton-Waller Fellows and Lendfest Scholars.

 

Program Title: CARE – Culturally Aware; Respectful to Everyone
Campus: DuBois
Project Director: Marly Doty
Phone: (814) 375-4764
Email: mag374@psu.edu

Program Description: This program is an alternative spring break experience for traditional and diverse students. The goal of the program is to foster intercultural interaction and increase participants’ diversity skills through service learning.

 

Program Title: Exploring Dimensions of Diversity
Campus: DuBois
Project Director: Marly Doty
Phone: (814) 375-4764
Email: mag374@psu.edu

Program Description: Undergraduate students in the first-year common reading program will deepen the cultural understanding of LGBTQA+, poverty, and feminism by reading books on these topics and participating in group discussions and programs that cultivate learning in these areas..

 

Program Title: Diversity Grants-in-Aid
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Kristi Wormhoudt
Phone: (814) 863-3667
Email: kaw7@psu.edu

Program Description: Diversity Grants-In-Aid assists students with financial need who are members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups or have documented disabilities in participating in education abroad. Students should contact the Office of International Programs as soon as they decide they are interested in studying abroad to see whether or not they are eligible for the program. This program also runs during the summer.

 

Program Title: World in Conversation Project
Campus: University Park
Project Directors: Laurie Mulvey and Sam Richards
Phone: (814) 865-5692 or (814) 863-7456
Email: worldinconversation@psu.edu

Program Description: The mission of the World in Conversation Project is to create a kind of dialogue about social and cultural issues that invites the unexamined, politically incorrect thoughts of participants to the surface so those thoughts can be submitted to conscious exploration and inquiry.

 

Graduate and Medical Student Programs - for prospective and current graduate, law, and medical students

 

Program Title: Penn State Law Minority Mentor Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Shoba Wadhia
Phone: (814) 863-3823
Email: ssw11@psu.edu

Program Description: This program provides law students from diverse racial/ethnic groups with faculty and alumni mentors to help make the law school experience more welcoming and facilitate academic success and career preparation.

 

Program Title: Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Medical and Graduate Students
Campus: Hershey
Project Director: Harjit Singh
Phone: (717) 531-5418
Email: hsingh@psu.edu

Program Description: The goals of this project are the recruitment, matriculation and retention of students in medical and/or graduate school at the College of Medicine. The program will continue the summer research partnership with Lincoln, Cheyney, and Penn State.

 

Faculty and Staff Programs

 

Program Title: Office of Human Resources Diversity Internship Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Steve Hayes
Phone: (814) 865-2885
Email:

Program Description: The Office of Human Resources will sponsor two interns to rotate through specific HR domains to gain substantive work experience and competencies to prepare them for full-time employment at Penn State.



Program Title: Community Diversity Conference
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Carol Eicher
Phone: (814) 865-6614
Email: ece2@psu.edu

Program Description: The Community Diversity Conference provides training, workshops, and breakout sessions focused on issues such as the value of diversity, barriers that cause people to feel excluded, hiring and employee concerns, and conflict resolution.

 

Program Title: Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Marianne Karwacki
Phone: (814) 865-0676
Email: mlk6@psu.edu

Program Description: This program, which is a collaboration among Penn State and several community organizations, assists in developing employment opportunities for a diverse population of qualified people with disabilities.

 

Welcoming Campus Climate

 

Program Title: Safe Zone
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Allison Subasic
Phone: (814) 863-7696
Email: afs11@psu.edu

Program Description: The Safe Zone program provides a hospitable environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of persons who can provide support, information, and a safe haven to LGBT persons within the University.

 

Other Programs

 

Program Title: Disability Awareness Month
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Keith Jervis
Phone: (814) 863-1807
Email: kej11@psu.edu

Program Description: Disability Awareness Month stresses the theme of “Diversability,” which emphasizes the varying abilities and talents of people with disabilities. The intent of the month is to promote an atmosphere where individuals are comfortable discussing and exploring questions about accessibility, equality, and inclusion for people with disabilities.

 

Program Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Marcus Whitehurst
Phone: (814) 865-5906
Email: maw163@psu.edu

Program Description: Penn State annually recognizes the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many University-sponsored MLK events are funded by EOPC.

 

Program Title: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Connie Tice
Phone: (814) 863-6188
Email: cmr1@psu.edu

Program Description: Penn State’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day provides a way for girls and boys to examine occupational opportunities and develop a better sense of the career paths they may be interested in.