Diversity & Inclusion Calendar of Events

A collaborative effort of Auxiliary & Business Services, Corporate Controller, Office of Physical Plant

February

February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada.  Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African diaspora.

February 12, 1909- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was established.

 

Penn State History 

 

February 24, 1972- Thelma T. Price joined Penn State's staff in 964 as assistant dean of students at the New Kensington campus.  She was named acting director of the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) at University Park in 1971 and became assistant vice president for student affairs in 1972.

 

Quote

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

                                                                                                                                                                                   - Malcolm X

 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion encourages all Finance and Business staff and community members to practice responsible physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As such, until further noted, the Diversity and Inclusion Calendar of Events will only list virtual Diversity & Inclusion Events.

D&I Calendar of Events
Date Time Location Event Details
Thursday, February 25 , 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Zoom

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN IN SOCIETY

Featuring Penn State Humphrey Fellows

Thursday, February 25 , 2021 6:00 PM Virtual

SILENCED VOICES

This is an episodic series about the lived experiences of the Penn State Harrisburg community on the issues of race, religion, gender, disability and other issues. New episodes will premiere at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in February, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16. For three years, the DEEC collected these lived experience stories anonymously. The DEEC leadership then worked with Maria Enriquez, assistant teaching professor of theater, and Adam Gustafson, associate teaching professor of music, to create a theatrical work from these stories.

Thursday, February 25 , 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Zoom

MAKE BLACK HISTORY MONTH ALL YEAR LONG

Black History Month Keynote Speaker Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the keynote, titled "Make Black History Month All Year Long." The event, co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and Academic and Student Services Office, is open to the Penn State community; registration is required.

Friday, February 26 , 2021 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Zoom

ADDRESSING INTERSECTIONALITY TO TRANSFORM LEADERSHIP AT PENN STATE

Intersectionality asks us to unveil the structures of privilege and power that maintain systems of discrimination and marginalization of minority groups and to particularly examine how simple, one-dimensional categorization of discrimination and bias can hide these patterns. By calling attention to the ways in which laws, policies, structures, and biases can focus on particular groups and ignore others, the concept of intersectionality is a call to action to identify how systemic barriers maintain systems of exclusion, marginalization, or oppression. Within academia, the interface among race, gender, economic class, sexuality, and other categorizations is poorly examined yet continues to stifle calls for diversity, inclusion, and the advancement of historically marginalized groups. Recent experiences with COVID-19 and anti-racist reckoning have concomitantly revealed and heightened some of these vulnerabilities. How do we address intersectionality while transforming institutional systems? How do we incorporate intersectionality into considerations of academic inclusion, advancement, and leadership? The speakers and panels for this session are distinct from the discussion held on February 19, 2021.

Saturday, February 27 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Zoom

AFRICAN DANCE CLASS

Join us for a live virtual African dance class taught by Kikora Franklin, Associate Professor of Theatre/Dance at PSU and Director of the Roots of Life Performing Arts Ensemble. Franklin has performed, choreographed and taught in cities across the globe. As a community artist, Franklin engages with students of all ages using dance as a means of human development. A camera is recommended for guidance on steps, but it is not required for the class. Wear what you are comfortable dancing in and come join us for an hour of fun and celebration.

Sunday, February 28 , 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Zoom

AFRICAN DANCE CLASS

Join us for a live virtual African dance class taught by Kikora Franklin, Associate Professor of Theatre/Dance at PSU and Director of the Roots of Life Performing Arts Ensemble. Franklin has performed, choreographed and taught in cities across the globe. As a community artist, Franklin engages with students of all ages using dance as a means of human development. A camera is recommended for guidance on steps, but it is not required for the class. Wear what you are comfortable dancing in and come join us for an hour of fun and celebration.

Thursday, March 4 , 2021 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Virtual

2021 CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN

LEADERSHIP: Learn how leaders can dismantle inequalities at work and engage in the complex, work of allyship (Daisy Auger-Dominguez). Rethink the power of knowing what you don't know, and become a stronger and more flexible leader in the process. Hear how to break barriers and drive change in your industry from someone who has been there. CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Find new strategies to advance professionally with purpose and navigate a career path that resonates with you (Linda Raynier). Break down what it takes to step up to positions of greater leadership--from the inside out. Tap into your inner strength and resiliency by flipping the script on imposter syndrome and rediscovering your untamed self. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Get to the core of breaking bad habits and making--and sticking to--them. Discover how to parent independent children to self-sufficient adulthood--even in times of crisis (Julie Lythcott Haims). Uncover the secret to unlocking the stress cycle and recovering from burnout (Emily Nagoski, PhD). Ticket price is $150.

Monday, March 8 , 2021 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Virtual

THE 3RD ANNUAL EMPOWERING WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP 2021 CONFERENCE

The 3rd Annual Empowering Women in Leadership 2021 (Virtual) Conference will be held on March 8-10 to celebrate women globally. This conference was created to provide professional development that is immediately applicable in EVERY step of your career journey. Topics covered (but not limited to) are: Leadership - This is a broad topic that covers many areas. Look for speakers discussing styles, authenticity, communication, emotional intelligence, and more. Intersectionality - This conference continues to work towards the empowerment of all women (and men too!) through the inclusion of every voice. Look for workshops on inclusivity, advocacy, empowerment, and more. Empowerment - It has always been the overall goal to create pathways into leadership for more women. Representation in leadership leads to structural change! To create those pathways, women must unite and empower, rather than tear each other down. Look for speakers discussing social pressures, gender roles, changes in the workforce due to COVID, mindfulness, self-care, and more. Cost is $325.00, with an early bird discount of 20% ($260.00) ending on 1/31/21.

Thursday, March 18 , 2021 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM Virtual

DIVERSITY WORKOUT: HOW STEREOTYPES AFFECT SOCIAL INFLUENCE STATEGIES AND RACE AND ETHNICITY, NOT RACE OR ETHNICITY

This session will cover 2 different but related diversity topics: Session 1: How Stereotypes Affect Social Influence Strategies - Social Influence Strategies refers to techniques used to change someone's ideas and actions to meet your demands. Individuals in formal or informal power positions, and others with influence, are well positioned to utilize social influence strategies. Stereotypes can subconsciously play a large role in the social influence strategies used. This session takes a granular approach and explores how stereotypes contribute to stereotype-based roles and activities often visible within U.S. colleges and universities. Session 2: Race and Ethnicity, Not Race or Ethnicity - The average person frequently uses the terms "race" and "ethnicity" interchangeably as synonyms to categorize humans. While race is ascribed to individuals on the basis of physical traits, ethnicity encompasses everything from language, to nationality, culture and religion. Ethnicity can enable people to take on several identities. This session considers how perceptions of race and ethnicity misidentifies members in our University community and how it affects their lived experiences and identity formation.

Tuesday, April 13 , 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Virtual

SUBTLE SLIGHTS AND THE IMPACT OF BIAS ON CULTURAL IDENTITY AND MENTAL WELLBEING

How do we handle the unspoken, often unrecognized "little things" that foster sentiments and attitudes of inequity and incivility? Microaggressions speak to the attitudes, dispositions, and comments that many times lead to the devaluing of members of a community. This session will focus on recognizing, validating, and ultimately managing the display and impact of microaggressions.

Sunday, April 25 , 2021 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Virtual

HOW SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED BEHAVIOR CREATES A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT

This session provides basic guidelines for understanding and preventing sexual and gender-based harassment in the workplace. Information regarding the legal basis for sexual harassment as well as Penn State's policies and procedures regarding sexual and gender-based harassment and other related behaviors that are offensive but might not be a policy violation. Case studies are referenced throughout the session for participants to discuss and assess what qualifies as severe or pervasive inappropriate behavior, particularly at Penn State.

Wednesday, April 28 , 2021 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Virtual

DIVERSITY WORKOUT: CULTURAL COMPENTENCE VS. CULTURE AGILITY AND MICROAGRESSIONS: FROM CONFUSION TO CLARITY

This session will cover 2 different but related diversity topics: Session 1: Cultural Competence vs. Cultural Agility - This session helps to increase self-awareness of your cultural competences and cultural agility. Three components of cultural competence are identified as well as the main barrier that is constant. Cultural agility is introduced as the mega-competency which is really what enables professionals to perform successfully in cross-cultural situations. Session 2: Microaggressions: From Confusion to Clarity - Diversity education throughout U.S. colleges and universities commonly include unpacking "microaggressions." If the concept of a microaggression is not difficult to understand, then why are microaggressions frequently communicated and seem nearly impossible to prevent? This session clarifies some confusion associated with the concept of microaggressions in hopes of improving overall understanding and communication between members of the Penn State community.

Wednesday, February 24 , 2421 7:00 PM Zoom

BLACK TO THE FUTURE

"BLACK to the Future" is a celebration of current African American luminaries and explores how they are pushing society forward.