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Spring 2006

Best Practices in Diversity Strategic Planning Workshop


Tuesday, April 4, 2006
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
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 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 4, 2006
9:30am - 2:00pm
Founders Room, Bryce Jordan Center

  • 9:30-10:00am - Refreshments
  • 10:00-10:10am - Welcome
  • 10:10-10:50am - "Leadership for Diversity " (Rodney Erickson)
  • 10:50-11:00am - Break
  • 11:00-11:45am "Recruiting and Hiring Diverse Faculty, Staff, and Administration " (Kenneth Lehrman)
  • 11:45am-12:45pm - Buffet Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00pm - Breakout Sessions
    • Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Staff
    • Creating Welcoming Climates and Communities
    • Effective Faculty Mentoring


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 importance of leadership for diversity at Penn State.

James Stewart and Marian Walters
James Stewart, senior faculty mentor, and Marian Walters, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Penn State Harrisburg, will conduct a breakout session on effective faculty mentoring.

Billie Willits and Steve Hayes
Billie Willits, associate vice president for Human Resources, and Steve Hayes, senior employment specialist & recruiting coordinator, will conduct a breakout session on recruiting and retaining diverse staff.

Kenneth Lehrman
Kenneth Lehrman, director of the Affirmative Action Office, will speak on recruiting and hiring diverse faculty, staff, and administration.

Joint Commission Chairs
The chairs of three University commissions (LGBT Equity, Racial/Ethnic Diversity, and Women) will conduct a breakout session on creating welcoming climates and communities in which to work and live.