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Penn State Community Survey findings, dashboards available

September 13, 2020

A summary report, findings and public results dashboards for the Penn State Community Survey are now available for students, faculty and staff members to review. In February 2020, Penn State launched the University-wide survey as part of ongoing efforts to promote community, inclusion and diversity across campuses, and to support strategic planning priorities in these areas. - [ More ]

Gilmartin gift funds two Educational Equity Scholarships

September 10, 2020

Longtime supporter of the College of Education John Gilmartin has pledged $500,000 to create two new Educational Equity Scholarships – one at the University level and one in the College of Education. The scholarships each will receive matching funds as part of the University’s new Educational Equity Matching Program. - [ More ]

Penn Staters of color imagine a ‘new normal’ for diversity, equity, inclusion

September 9, 2020

In the second of a three-part series of roundtable discussions titled “Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change,” faculty members, staff, University leaders and students of color shared their experiences within a predominately white university setting and their visions for the future of diversity, equity and inclusion at Penn State. - [ More ]

Roundtable discussion to explore experiences of Penn Staters of color

September 2, 2020

On Sept. 8, Penn State leaders, faculty members, staff and students of color will take part in a roundtable discussion on their experiences within a predominately white university setting as the second event in a series of roundtable conversations titled “Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change.” - [ More ]

Penn State leadership joins local Virtual March on Washington

August 28, 2020

Penn State leadership participated in a locally organized 2020 Virtual March on Washington today (Aug. 28), on the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. - [ More ]

Couple pledges $500k to support diversity and inclusion at Penn State

July 29, 2020

Harold E. and V. Arlene Cheatham have pledged an estate gift of $500,000 to create two endowed funds in the Office of Educational Equity. With this gift -- committed through the couple’s revocable trust -- the Cheathams have established a legacy that celebrates their lifelong commitment to equity and social justice. - [ More ]

New veteran scholarship honors Brian Clark's Penn State career

July 22, 2020

The new Brian Clark Veterans Scholarship in Educational Equity, established by local State College businessman Terry Losch, celebrates Clark’s 41-year career in Penn State’s Office of Veterans Programs, honors his July retirement from the University, and will create new opportunities for student veterans for generations to come. - [ More ]

Trustee committee explores impact of COVID on underrepresented students

July 17, 2020

The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life engaged in a panel discussion on July 16 about the disproportionate effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on underrepresented populations at the University, featuring input from Penn State leadership and students, faculty and staff of color. - [ More ]

Race, Our Campus Climate and Workplace: A Conversation with Penn State’s New Black Leadership

June 30, 2020

Roundtable with Black University leadership explores race and campus climate

June 30, 2020

In the first event of a three-part series titled “Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change,” Black members of University leadership explored the experiences of people of color and members of underrepresented racial and ethnic communities within predominately white classrooms. - [ More ]

Diversity roundtable to explore race, campus and workplace climate

June 30, 2020

In a new series of roundtable conversations titled “Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change,” University leaders aim to engage the Penn State community in dialogue to advance greater equity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. - [ More ]

Penn State offers match for scholarships supporting diversity

June 29, 2020

Amid a national reckoning with questions of race and justice, spurred by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Penn State has made a $10 million commitment to scholarships that will support diversity across the institution. - [ More ]

Penn State leaders discuss work ahead as University tackles issues of race, bias

June 29, 2020

As the country continues to grapple with the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have erupted as a result, Penn State President Eric Barron, along with co-chairs of a new racism, bias and community safety commission and other University leaders discussed the enormous task of fighting ignorance and intolerance, being more inclusive and embracing diversity during a virtual Town Hall event today (June 29).  - [ More ]

Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias

June 25, 2020

Penn State President Eric Barron will host a virtual Town Hall event at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, at LiveEvents to highlight the elements outlined in his June 10 message and the University’s planned efforts to fight ignorance and intolerance, model inclusivity and embrace diversity. - [ More ]

Students, employees share disability accommodation experiences with trustees

February 20, 2020

The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life held a panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 20, on disability awareness and accommodations as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. - [ More ]