As illustrated by its framework to foster diversity, Penn State recognizes that diversity is an essential ingredient of a premier academic institution and a socially rich world. Our nation, workforce, and daily lives are becoming increasingly multicultural. Thus, all the members of the University community benefit from living, working, and studying in an inclusive environment where cultural differences are appreciated and celebrated not merely "tolerated." Such an environment is grounded in respect for individuals and their differences, nurtured in dialog among those of differing perspective, and made visible in civility, as explained by The Pennsylvania State University's, Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
To foster an equitable climate of respect that values diversity, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has organized the Coalition for Equity, a group that invites faculty, staff, students and community members to participate in activities that explore social differences, cultivate respect, and celebrate the many diverse values, people, practices, and traditions that exist in the world. If you are interested in joining the Coalition or have any questions, please contact Chad Long, the chair of the CFE by calling 724-430-4248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coalition for Equity is devoted to promoting and maintaining a safe, healthy, welcoming, respectful, and equitable environment for all individuals. Thus, its mission is to increase and enhance awareness and acceptance of the richness inherent in the various cultures, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and physical abilities represented on campus and in the local and global community.
To nurture a campus culture where social equity and the acceptance of differences are not only celebrated but also practiced at all levels of campus administration, governance, instruction, and faculty and student affairs.
Four strategic objectives will guide the Coalition’s diverse efforts to achieve its goals:
Promote the acceptance of difference by sponsoring programming, creating curricular opportunities, and working with campus and community partners on co-curricular programming.
Encourage campus-climate change by conducting climate surveys, advertising diversity events, and actively participating on hiring committees, in strategic planning activities, and in campus training opportunities.
Enhance the Cultural Center to celebrate diversity and provide educational materials.
Provide support for faculty, staff, and students via membership in Penn State’s training and support networks (such as Zero Tolerance for Hate and the Support Network).
Connecting Across Differences
Although issues of social difference have been on the radar for years, concerted campus efforts to celebrate diversity began in 2000, under the guidance of Bill Fuller, The Director of Student Affairs at the time. His powerful support and the dedicated work of students, staff, and faculty led to the creation of the Diversity Task Force. The DTF sponsored many events for the campus and local community, including speaker events focused on the Holocaust, Asian culture, Indian art and history, gender and power, heterosexism, and activities for the annual MLK celebration. Recently reorganized, the DTF has grown into the Coalition for Equity and expanded its efforts to foster a climate of respect in which social differences are celebrated.