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Selected Summer 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 EOPC Funded Programs

Summer 2014 Programs


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


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: 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: Summer Success Program
Campus: Hazleton
Project Director: Tammy Spevak
Phone: (570) 450-3026
Email: tus25@psu.edu
Program Description: This program helps students who might need developmental courses develop the appropriate academic skills so that they will be ready for the regular curriculum in the fall through the completion of math and English learning modules during the summer just before the beginning of the fall semester.

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 students


Program Title: Summer Research Experiences: Different Science Working Together
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Kristin Dreyer
Phone: (814) 863-1665
Email: kad4@psu.edu
Program Description: This program works with many of the STEM summer research programs across the University Park campus to help foster a sense of community and develop multicultural competence and an appreciation of diversity among the participants.

Faculty and Staff Recruitment Programs


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.

Academic Year 2014-15 Programs


Pre-College Programs 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 and Elisabeth DeAngelo-Tucker
Phone: (814) 865-1773
Email: dns10@psu.edu or eld11@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: Diversity Grants-in-Aid
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Barbara Rowe
Phone: (814) 863-3667
Email: bjr22@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: Gender Dialogues
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 World in Conversation Project (see below) has expanded its dialogues to include an exploration of the culture of relations based on gender. Though the focus of these small group inquiries is open-ended in terms of themes, the topics often involve the subjects of identity, power differentials, sexual conduct and double standards. Methodologically, the conversations are based on encouraging the critical thinking and reflection of each participant in terms of their role in and views of gender differences.

Program Title: Student Transition and Reception (STAR) Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Sara Roser-Jones
Phone: (814) 863-3889
Email: ssr129@psu.edu
Program Description: STAR seeks to increase retention and graduation rates of underrepresented, academically underprepared, and first-generation students from Penn State campuses who are changing campuses to University Park and pursuing majors in the Eberly College of Science. The program brings these students to University Park for orientation activities designed to help facilitate a positive transition to University Park.

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 graduate and medical students


Program Title: HHD/CON Healthy People Penn State Research Conference and Expo
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Linda Wray and Joyce Hopson-King
Phone: (814) 865-0764 or (814) 863-1291
Email: law30@psu.edu or juh4@psu.edu
Program Description: Healthy People Penn State is a research conference and expo that brings a group of emerging underrepresented scholars attending U.S. universities to learn about research and training opportunities in graduate programs in the Colleges of Health and Human Development and Nursing.

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: 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: 1+1: A Multi-Modal Game to Promote Diverse Student Engagement
Campus: Harrisburg
Project Director: Shivaani Selvaraj
Phone: (717) 948-6623
Email: sas82@psu.edu
Program Description: 1 + 1 is an interactive, real-world gaming experience designed to enhance student engagement with the campus as a diverse community and an active learning environment.

Program Title: Cultural Empowerment of Women Series
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Carol Eicher
Phone: (814) 863-5071
Email: ece2@psu.edu
Program Description: This program will provide educational and social networking venues for women from diverse racial/ethnic groups in the Pennsylvania Centre Region who have ties to Penn State (employees and family members along with students) to ensure their inclusion and development within the community.

Program Title: Inclusion and Honor
Campus: Fayette
Project Director: Susan F. Crampton-Frenchik
Phone: (724) 430-4100
Email: sfc13@psu.edu
Program Description: This program promotes a campus climate that is safe, healthy and respectful of all people. The program provides students, faculty, staff, and the larger community with multiple opportunities to learn from and interact with each other in a cohesive effort to create and maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

Program Title: LGBT Network
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Allison Subasic
Phone: (814) 863-7696
Email: afs11@psu.edu
Program Description: The LGBT Network 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.

Program Title: World Wide Narratives: Digital Stories of the Penn State Harrisburg Community
Campus: Harrisburg
Project Director: Shivaani Selvaraj
Phone: (717) 948-6623
Email: sas82@psu.edu
Program Description: This program is a collaboration among the Faculty Center for Teaching and Instructional Technology, the Diversity and Educational Equity Committee, Media Commons, Intercultural Affairs, and a wide range of campus student organizations. The program highlights the often untold or neglected stories of students, faculty, and staff who come from communities outside the American mainstream through of face-to-face sessions that use online technologies.

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: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Construction Training Program
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Vernon L. Davis
Phone: (814) 863-2520
Email: vld3@psu.edu
Program Description: This program seeks to enhance supplier diversity by providing hands-on training, lecturing, and networking to potential Penn State contractors. Participants will address marketing, safety, bonding, field management, construction, accounting, contracts, estimating, and human resources through a highly structured course of study.

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.

Program Title: Traditional American Indian Powwow
Campus: University Park
Project Director: John Sanchez
Phone: (814) 863-7994
Email: apache@psu.edu
Program Description: This event brings a powwow comprised of American Indians from across the United States to the Pennsylvania Centre Region.