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Our commitment will not falter

November 14, 2017

The current tenor nationally and recurrent displays of discrimination, bias and sometimes violence that permeate news headlines have resulted in trying times not only for our country, but also for those of us who live, study and work on college campuses. Though Penn State strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment for all, we – like any institution of higher education – are not immune to the efforts of those who bring hate and prejudice to our community. - [ More ]

Founding director of Museum of African American History and Culture to speak

October 27, 2017

Lonnie G. Bunch III, historian, author, curator, educator and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., will give a talk titled “The Challenge of Building a National Museum,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Freeman Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community. As NMAAHC director, he promotes the museum’s mission to help audiences see African-American history as American history, and provides strategic leadership in areas of fundraising, collections, and academic and cultural partnerships. - [ More ]

Penn State students invited to explore unconscious bias on Oct. 27. Event to feature immersive simulation to uncover 'blind spots' 

October 24, 2017

As part of Penn State's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, students are invited to participate in “Check Your Blind Spots,” an immersive experience to examine unconscious bias, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, outside the HUB-Robeson Center on Pollock Road. - [ More ]





'White supremacists see Penn State as recruitment ground': Faculty members discuss state of racism at university, America 

October 23, 2017

Months after the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville, Penn State hosted a faculty panel discussion titled “White Supremacism at Penn State: What it Does, How to Fix It” on Monday, Oct. 23. 

The panel, moderated by Professor of English and African American Studies Keith Gilyard, gathered in the Freeman Auditorium and discussed such topics as racism on an administrative level, white privilege, and the role of race in promotion and tenure. - [ More ]


Faculty forum panel to discuss issues of race Oct. 23

October 18, 2017

Penn State’s senior faculty mentor will present a faculty forum panel discussion for the Penn State community titled "White Supremacism at Penn State: What it Does, How to Fix It" at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Cultural Center at University Park. 

Moderated by Keith Gilyard, senior faculty mentor and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies, the panel will explore the following topics: honest talk on racism, racism as a management issue, white privilege is white exception, and the evaluation process for promotion and tenure. - [ More ]





Student block party to feature diversity organizations, resources

August 25, 2017

Connecting students with the resources available to minorities on campus and building a sense of community will be the aim of a Block Party, a group of students is holding from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 on the HUB-Robeson Center lawn. - [ More ]

Addressing diversity, equity in higher ed the focus of 'All In' conference

April 21, 2017

The University’s inaugural “All In” conference took place April 18, featuring speakers who are national leaders in educational equity. Participants from across Pennsylvania had the opportunity to learn more about how other institutions, faculty and staff approach diversity and inclusion at their schools and to share ideas about what can be put into action at Penn State. - [ More ]

University, Ad Council partner to hear students’ stories on diversity, inclusion

April 17, 2017

As part of its ongoing “All In” initiative, Penn State is partnering with the Ad Council’s national “Love Has No Labels” campaign for an on-campus event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 in the HUB-Robeson Center at the lower level near the entrance to the lawn.

The event will make Penn State the inaugural campus for the university engagement program on behalf of Love Has No Labels produced by the Ad Council, a national organization that selects significant public issues to focus on through communications programs that make a measurable difference in society. Students and others will have a chance to participate in taped video interviews, share their experiences on social media and find out more about both efforts, which are focused on celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion.” - [ More ]


First ‘All In’ conference discusses Penn State’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

April 18, 2017

The first ever ‘All In’ Conference took place at The Penn Stater Hotel on Tuesday, and four guest speakers discussed the ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion at Penn State, as well as at other college campuses. - [ More ]







Faculty member in College of Medicine recognized with 'All In' award

April 18, 2017

Patricia Silveyra, assistant professor of pediatrics and a research associate in the Penn State College of Medicine, was recognized today (April 18) with the University’s “All In at Penn State” achievement award. Silveyra is one of two recipients of the honor, designed to recognize a student, faculty or staff member for embodying the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

“The All In award is an important step for the University to recognize individuals for their contributions to Penn State's diversity, equity and inclusion mission,” said Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost for Educational Equity. “Both of these award winners have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments, leadership and innovation in working to create an inclusive climate, transforming education and advancing diverse communities.” - [ More ]



'Schreyer Honors College Scholar chosen to receive inaugural 
'All In' award

April 18, 2017

Penn State junior and Schreyer Honors College Scholar Candice Crutchfield is a recipient of the “All In at Penn State” achievement award. She was recognized today (April 18) as one of two recipients of the honor, designed to recognize a student, faculty or staff member for embodying the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.  - [ More ]





President Barron meets with students and faculty to discuss improving the 'All In' campaign

March 21, 2017

University President Eric Barron, along with faculty and students, joined together this afternoon to discuss what has been working and not working with the "All In" campaign during a lunch in the HUB-Robeson Center.

According to the "All In" website, the purpose of the campaign is to create a commitment toward a diverse and inclusive campus. The initiative came from Barron and a group of Penn State students who wanted the community to recognize the importance of diversity on campus, according to the "All In" website. - [ More ]


'All In' conference to feature leaders in fields of diversity, higher education

February 15, 2017

Diversity in higher education will be the focus of a daylong University conference that will provide opportunities for faculty, students and employees to learn from and interact with national leaders in the field of educational equity. Registration is open for the “All In at Penn State Diversity and Inclusion Conference,” which will take place April 18 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park.  - [ More ]




University announces 'All In' achievement award, nominations being accepted

January 24, 2017

Award will recognize person who embodies commitment to diversity and inclusion

Do you know someone who embodies Penn State’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion? Consider nominating that person for the “All In” at Penn State Achievement Award that will recognize a student, faculty or staff member for demonstrating leadership and inspiring others.  - [ More ]




University Leaders, students come together to talk about diversity, inclusion

January 24, 2017

Understanding each other’s differences and learning from them was the focus of a recent forum that brought student leaders together with University officials for conversations to deepen their appreciation of the viewpoints of others.  - [ More ]