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New faculty fellowship to help advance diversity, equity, inclusion

November 1, 2021

A new fellowship in the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity aims to help faculty members develop as leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) while creating opportunities to make a positive impact at Penn State.  [ More ]

A message from Marcus Whitehurst on Juneteenth

June 15, 2021

This week we will mark a notable and meaningful day: June 19, or Juneteenth, is a holiday that not only acknowledges the end of American slavery, but also celebrates the advancements of the Black community and our continued commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial equality. Juneteenth, while commemorative, also signifies a critical turning point for the United States and serves as both a reminder and an opportunity for greater recognition of and education on issues of race, Black culture and Black history. More ]

Omega Psi Phi: Marking 100 Years of Brotherhood, Leadership and Change

June 7, 2021

"Omega Psi Phi was the first of its kind in so many ways,” said Penn State alumnus Darius William-McKenzie, 2018, who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in higher education at Penn State. “It was the first Black organization at Penn State, the first multicultural organization, period. [ More ]

Alumni of Penn State’s first Black student group create Ed Equity scholarship

April 20, 2021

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Nu Alumni Association has raised more than $140,000 to create the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Nu Alumni Educational Equity Scholarship at Penn State. The former members of Penn State’s first predominantly Black organization have leveraged a 2:1 match from the recently concluded Educational Equity Matching Program to establish a scholarship endowment for students who contribute to the diversity of the student body and have a demonstrated financial need. [ More ]

2021 Colloquium on the Environment to feature 'father of environmental justice'

March 3, 2021

Renowned scholar and activist Robert Bullard will present the virtual keynote talk at Penn State’s 2021 Colloquium on the Environment. Bullard will discuss “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice in the U.S." at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1. [ More ]

Commemorating More Than 30 Years of the ADA: Then and Now with Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann imageJoin disability rights activist Judy Heumann to commemorate the ADA

February 2, 2021

Judy Heumann contracted polio when she was 18-months of age, and at the age of five years old, she was denied the right to attend school because she couldn’t walk, and was told she was a fire hazard. She did not accept that vision for her future, nor did she accept that type of glib judgement for anyone else. [ More ]