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Challenge 1

Developing a Shared and Inclusive Understanding of Diversity

Evidence of the presence of a variety of communication strategies, including traditional and newer technologies, to disseminate accurate information and resources for diversity

  • Penn State shares information about diversity and diversity resources via outlets such as printed brochures and newsletters, listservs, videos, newswires, and the Web. The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity is linked under “About Penn State” from the Penn State home page. The Penn State Fact Book includes sections on student and employee demographics by gender and by race/ethnicity.

Evidence of the presence of specific programs and initiatives that target populations beyond race/ethnicity and gender

  • There are a number of University level programs and resources devoted to supporting a broad range of diverse populations beyond gender and race/ethnicity. These include, but are not limited to, the Affirmative Action Office; Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity (Office for Disability Services; Student Support Services Program; Office of Veterans Programs); University Office of Global Programs; Student Affairs (Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs; Adult Learner Programs and Services; LGBTA Student Resource Center); Office of Human Resources (new employee orientation programming; Hire Power; domestic partner benefits); and numerous additional initiatives, programs, and resources at campuses, colleges