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President's Commissions for Equity

The President's Commissions for Equity (The Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity (CLGBQTE); the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED); and the Commission for Women (CFW)) serve in an advisory capacity to communicate to the President recommendations, observations, suggestions, and investigations germane to equity at Penn State. While the commissions focus on their own specific areas of interest, they also collaborate on common equity issues as they arise.

Who can be a member of the Commissions?
The commissions are comprised of up to fifty full-time University faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The commissions value the breadth of background and experience that can be found among the members of the University community and are actively seeking a broad base of applicants. Students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, and administrators from all Penn State campuses are eligible to serve. Individuals interested in working to enhance diversity and support the mission of CLGBTQE, CORED, or CFW are encouraged to apply.

Each February, the commissions invite individuals to apply for membership for the upcoming year. A Nominating/Membership Committee reviews eligible applications and forwards a list of nominees to the President of Penn State for appointment.

Employees must be in good standing to be considered for commission membership. For University activities such as commissions and award programs, faculty or staff are considered to be in good standing if they are meeting the expectations of their positions and have not been the recipient of recent discipline. Individuals should also exhibit qualities such as civility, collegiality, and a commitment to the overall success of their departments. Staff members may wish to speak with their supervisors about this University service opportunity prior to submitting an application.

Undergraduate students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to serve on a commission. Graduate students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to serve on a commission. Student applicants’ academic records and conduct histories will be checked to determine eligibility for commission membership.

What does Commission membership involve?
Commission members are appointed to three or four-year terms (depending on the commission) by the President of the University and are expected to attend meetings, contribute to projects, and vote. Service may include full commission meetings, executive leadership team meetings (if in a leadership position), committee participation, and/or attendance at special events. Staff members are encouraged to discuss their level of participation with their supervisors.