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'First Amendment and Diversity and Inclusion' panel talk now archived online

November 2, 2016

Marcus Whitehurst Penn State NewsThe panel discussion “The First Amendment and Diversity and Inclusion,” held Oct. 27 in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium, is now archived and available for viewing online.

Hosted by Penn State President Eric Barron and Vice Provost for Educational Equity Marcus Whitehurst, the discussion focused on the balance between promoting free speech on campus while ensuring that people from all walks of life can come together and feel included in the Penn State community. - [ More ]



Diversity questions and concerns tackled at Town Hall discussion on Oct. 26

October 27, 2016

Questions about Penn State’s overall commitment to diversity, including the number of faculty, staff and students on all Penn State campuses that are from traditionally underrepresented groups, dominated the most recent Town Hall meeting held by University leaders. The meeting was planned to focus on diversity and inclusion and there was no shortage of questions on those topics.  - [ More ]




Faculty Senate covers range of topics during October meeting

October 19, 2016

Educational equity and diversity, student government, and health plan options for the upcoming year were some of the topics the University Faculty Senate took up during its meeting Tuesday (Oct. 18).

Chairman James Strauss has noted that featuring students and student organizations and including diversity-related topics are among the strategic goals for Faculty Senate meetings this year. On Tuesday, that meant hearing about the College of Engineering’s Multi-Campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates, including presentations by three students who participated, in addition to reports from the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) and the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG). - [ More ]




University community comes together to launch 'All In at Penn State' 

October 6, 2016

The Penn State community came together Thursday (Oct. 6) by the hundreds to kick off “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” — recognizing the importance of diversity and having an environment that is inclusive and respectful. The 40-minute event was focused on encouraging the community to be “All In.”  - [ More ]




 'A leap of faith': Penn State kicks off 'All In' initiative

October 6, 2016

Students said they wanted a more inclusive and welcoming university, and Penn State heard them loud and clear.

Thursday kicked off Penn State’s “All In” initiative, a universitywide effort to bring students, faculty and staff together to help create a diverse and inclusive community. - [ More ]




'All In at Penn State' set to kick off with speech from President Barron, focus on diversity and inclusion

October 5, 2016

The student body of Penn State is a thick blend of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, backgrounds, ages and beliefs. Today, Oct. 6, this community has a chance to come together and celebrate that. - [ More ]






Penn State's Diversity Inspires a Thriving Community

September 30, 2016

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT Into Diversity selected institutions that rank in the top tier of past Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients. - [ More ]




Oct. 6 marks kick-off for University's ongoing diversity, inclusion initiative

September 27, 2016

On Oct. 6 the Penn State community will come together to kick off an ongoing University-wide initiative that brings students, faculty and staff together to show their commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment — respectful of everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, abilities, background, veteran’s status, political beliefs, and all the ways we differ. - [ More ]


2016 New Student Orientation for Multicultural Students

August 21, 2016

On the eve of the start of fall classes, multicultural students had the opportunity to hear from Penn State leadership and their peers at the New Student Orientation for Multicultural Students on Aug. 21 in the HUB-Robeson Center's Heritage Hall. The orientation has been a University tradition for more than two decades. - [ More ]




Students attending the 2016 New Student Orientation for Multicultural Students hold up their cell phones with their lights on at the request of Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost for educational equity, on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. (Image: Curtis Chan)

Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost for educational equity, gets to know one of the numerous students attending the New Student Orientation for Multicultural Students on Aug. 21 in the HUB-Robeson Center's Heritage Hall. (Image: Curtis Chan)

Penn State receives grants to work with middle, high school students

August 15, 2016

Penn State has been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education that will allow the University to expand its Talent Search Programs, providing staff who work directly with disadvantaged middle and high school students to help them complete high school and attend college. - [ More ]


Aliquippa Talent Search students on a visit to University Park



Committee to plan campus commemorative to celebrate diversity across Penn State

July 18, 2016

Penn State President Eric Barron has appointed a committee to develop recommendations for a comprehensive commemorative that celebrates Penn State’s history of and aspiration to diversity and inclusion across the many facets of the University. 
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Penn State Schuylkill graduates told to think about legacies

Republican Herald, article by Stephen J. Pytak, May 8, 2016

When addressing the graduates at Penn State Schuylkill on Saturday, the keynote speaker advised them to consider their futures and their legacies.

“Think about what your legacy will be personally and professionally,” said Marcus A Whitehurst, Penn State’s vice provost for educational equity, who is based at University Park.

He spoke before this year’s graduates at the campus in Schuylkill Haven and the more than 400 people who crammed into the campus auditorium for a commencement ceremony.

“Through your talents, your caring and your actions, you have been wonderful ambassadors for Penn State. You are leaving Penn State a better place and I’m sincerely hopeful you will have the same impact in whatever community or company that is lucky enough to land you. Take advantage of the opportunities that come before you but, also, think about what you can leave behind,” Whitehurst said. “And I hope that as you go forth from here you will find that giving your time, talents and treasures to others in need will enrich your own life in great measure.” - [ More ]


Barron receives Giving Back Award for diversity initiatives 
at Penn State

Penn State News, April 7, 2016

President Barron and Vice Provost Whitehurst gather for lunch in the HUB with diverse student leaders (February 19, 2016).

Penn State News, February 21, 2016

Penn State President Eric Barron meets with student leaders over lunch in HUB-Robeson Center

February 19, 2016

Today, Penn State President Eric Barron ate his lunch surrounded by the student body.

At student request, Barron and his wife Molly joined Vice Provost for Educational Equity Marcus Whitehurst along with student diversity leaders for lunch in the HUB-Robeson Center.

The Latino Caucus, Black Caucus, Muslim Student Association and Asian Pacific American Caucus were among those represented.

Whitehurst said the meeting was set with no agenda, simply a chance for students to share their general thoughts on how the university can ensure student success. - [ More ]