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Spring 2008

Best Practices in Diversity Strategic Planning Workshop

Tuesday, April 24, 2008
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nittany Lion Inn

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 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.

Spring Workshop Schedule
Tuesday, April 24, 2008
9:30am - 2:00pm
The Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom C

  • 9:30-10:00am - Refreshments
  • 10:00-10:10am - Welcome (W. Terrell Jones)
  • 10:10-10:50am - "Successes, Challenges, and New Horizons " (Rodney Erickson)
  • 10:50-11:00am - Break
  • 11:00-11:45am "Measuring What Matters Most: Outcomes or Activities," (Louise Sandmeyer)
  • 11:45am-12:45pm - Buffet Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00pm - Breakout Sessions
    • Using Data to Inform Planning and Decision Making — Michael Dooris
    • Briefing of Penn State’s Hire Power: Strategies for Hiring Key Employee Talent — OHR Staff

Speakers and Breakout Session Presenters

A few of the workshop speakers and breakout session presenters are highlighted below.

Rodney Erickson
Rodney Erickson, executive vice president and provost, will speak on the impacts and changes seen at Penn State as a result of diversity strategic planning and new challenges as we move forward.

Louise Sandmeyer
Louise Sandmeyer is the executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment and, along with chairing review teams for the diversity strategic planning process, is a national leader in quality improvement in higher education.

Michael Dooris
Michael Dooris, director of planning research and assessment in the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, has extensive experience in institutional research, strategic planning, and survey statistics.

Office of Human Resources Staff
Steve Hayes, Susan Morse, and Julie Hartley will present on an OHR initiative designed to improve staff diversity at Penn State.