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Fall 2005

Best Practices in Diversity Strategic Planning


Friday, October 14, 2005
9:30am - 2:00pm
Founders Room, Bryce Jordan Center

Workshop Follow-Up Materials

A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2004-09
Penn State is in its second cycle of diversity strategic planning as outlined in A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2004-09. In order to assist colleges, campuses, and academic support units in developing and implementing effective initiatives that address the Seven Challenges identified in the Framework, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity is hosting two workshops in 2005-06 on “best practices” in diversity strategic planning.

The workshops will feature several Penn State faculty and staff who have extensive experience in conducting successful diversity programs, diversity strategic planning, and research on diversity topics. Ample opportunity will be provided to discuss specific strategies with presenters and other workshop participants.

Fall Workshop Schedule
Friday, October 14, 2005
9:30am - 2:00pm
Founders Room, Bryce Jordan Center

  • 9:30-10:00am - Refreshments
  • 10:00-10:10am - Welcome
  • 10:10-10:50am - "Thinking Strategically about Diversity: Lessons Learned" (Louise Sandmeyer)
  • 10:50-11:00am - Break
  • 11:00-11:45am "Anti-Diversity Strategic Planning" (W. Terrell Jones)
  • 11:45am-12:45pm - Buffet Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00pm - Breakout Sessions

Defining Diversity and Sustaining a Welcoming Climate

Diversity and Curricular Integration

Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Body

Speakers and Breakout Session Presenters
A few of the workshop speakers and breakout session presenters are highlighted below.

Louise Sandmeyer
Louise Sandmeyer is the executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment and has chaired review teams for the diversity strategic planning process.

Shaun Harper
Shaun Harper is a faculty member in the Department of Higher Education whose research focuses on innovative approaches to recruiting and retaining students from diverse racial and ethnic groups.

Linda Higginson
Linda Higginson is an associate dean in the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses and has written and evaluated numerous diversity strategic plans and updates.

University Faculty Senate
Current and former chairs/members of the Faculty Senate will discuss diversity and curricular integration.