Diversity & Inclusion Calendar of Events

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

August

Historic Fact:

 

August 6, 1965: The voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by president Lyndon B. Johnson.  The Act suspended literacy, knowledge and character tests designed to keep African Americans from voting in the South.  It also authorized the appointment of Federal voting examiners and barred discriminatory poll taxes.  The Act was renewed by Congress in 1975, 1982, 1992 and 2006. 

 

Penn State History:

 

August 1948: Barney Ewell wins one gold and two silver medals in Track and Field at the London Olympics.

 

Quote:

 

“Diversity is about all of us and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” ~ Jacqueline Woodson

 

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
Monday, August 9 , 2021 1:00 PM Zoom

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION 2.0: CONFLICT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING WORKSHOP

If you've already taken our Bystander Intervention training and you're looking to go deeper into how to directly intervene and de-escalate conflict: this training is for you. Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone, even those we don't agree with or who seek to hurt us. Using Hollaback!'s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we'll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our "pyramid of escalation" and how to assess whether intervening is the right action for you. We'll talk about specific biases that are increasing conflict, harassment, and violence during COVID19 -- and the role of implicit and explicit bias in conflict. We'll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings -- even if we don't understand them or agree with them. We'll have time at the end to practice using real-life scenarios.

Thursday, August 12 , 2021 4:00 PM Zoom

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN AND XENOPHOBIC HARASSMENT

Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US -- and the world. In this virtual Zoom workshop sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, CAIR Chicago, and Hollaback!, you'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety. This 60-70 minute, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of discrimination that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence. You'll then learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. At the end of our practice scenarios, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment.

Monday, August 16 , 2021 4:00 PM Zoom

HOW TO RESPOND TO HARASSMENT FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN HARRASSMENT TRAINING WORKSHOP

After attending our bystander intervention trainings, many Asian/Americans want to know -- how do I take care of myself when I experience harassment? If that's a question you're asking -- this training is for you. During this one-hour, highly interactive training you'll learn Hollaback!'s methodology for responding to harassment: 1) Trust your Instincts, 2) Reclaim Your Space, and 3) Practice Resilience. You'll learn how your identities can shape your experience of harassment and the impact that harassment has on you and your community as a whole. We'll talk about what to look for when assessing your safety, and how to determine if responding in the moment is the right action or not. We'll also take a deep dive into how to build your resilience on an individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and societal front. You'll leave with new tools on how to respond to harassment, whether your response is in the moment while that harassment is happening or long-term.

Wednesday, August 18 , 2021 1:30 PM Zoom

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN AND XENOPHOBIC HARASSMENT

Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US -- and the world. In this virtual Zoom workshop sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, CAIR Chicago, and Hollaback!, you'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety. This 60-70 minute, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of discrimination that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence. You'll then learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. At the end of our practice scenarios, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment.

Saturday, August 21 , 2021 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 1433 13th Avenue Altoona, PA 16601

15TH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL

An outdoor festival at the corner of 13th Avenue and 15th Street, Altoona, offering Greek food and entertainment. A live band will be playing Greek music all day, 11:30am-7:00pm. No entrance fee. Greek foods such as souvlakia (kabobs) and gyros from the outdoor grill, Greek pastries, moussaka, Greek salad and more will be available for purchase. Cash only. Dine outdoors on site or take-out. The festival is held rain or shine, but in case of severe weather, a rain date has been set for the following day, August 22nd, 1:00-5:00 for take-out food, without the band. There will be some decorative door wreaths and bonnets displayed for sale. Church tours.

Thursday, August 26 , 2021 5:00 PM Zoom

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN AND XENOPHOBIC HARASSMENT

Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US -- and the world. In this virtual Zoom workshop sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, CAIR Chicago, and Hollaback!, you'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety. This 60-70 minute, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of discrimination that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence. You'll then learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. At the end of our practice scenarios, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment.

Thursday, August 26 , 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Arboretum at Penn State 850 McKee St State College, PA 16803

STORIES UNDER THE SKY

Join researchers from Penn State's Department of Anthropology and storytellers from the State College community as they share histories, myths, and legends from diverse cultures under the open sky in the Arboretum. Stories will be followed by stargazing if conditions permit.

Thursday, August 26 , 2021 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM 3 Dots 137 East Beaver Ave State College PA 16801

DRAG SHOW

Join us at 3 Dots for a drag show by PSU Opulence! Cash only at the door.

Sunday, August 29 , 2021 2:00 PM Virtual

WORLD KITCHEN: AN AFTERNOON IN TUNISIA

As the summer comes to a close and we start to think about fall, what could be better than a warm and delicious dish of Tunisian couscous or an inviting salad made with grilled vegetables? Join us as we welcome guest chefs Zoubeida Ounaies and Steve Carpenter, who will "virtually" transport us to Tunisia for an afternoon of aromatic delights. 

The August episode of World Kitchen will be held on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and will feature three dishes from Zoubeida's native Tunisia, Slata Mechouia (grilled salad), Brik (a savory dish made with a thin pastry), and Couscous with chicken and vegetables.

Monday, August 30 , 2021 5:00 PM Zoom

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION 2.0: CONFLICT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING WORKSHOP

If you've already taken our Bystander Intervention training and you're looking to go deeper into how to directly intervene and de-escalate conflict: this training is for you. Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone, even those we don't agree with or who seek to hurt us. Using Hollaback!'s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we'll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our "pyramid of escalation" and how to assess whether intervening is the right action for you. We'll talk about specific biases that are increasing conflict, harassment, and violence during COVID19 -- and the role of implicit and explicit bias in conflict. We'll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings -- even if we don't understand them or agree with them. We'll have time at the end to practice using real-life scenarios.

Thursday, September 2 , 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Arboretum at Penn State 850 McKee St State College, PA 16803

STORIES UNDER THE SKY

Join researchers from Penn State's Department of Anthropology and storytellers from the State College community as they share histories, myths, and legends from diverse cultures under the open sky in the Arboretum. Stories will be followed by stargazing if conditions permit.

Thursday, September 9 , 2021 7:00 PM Virtual

ALI, RACE AND RELIGION

Explore the interwoven nature of race and religion in Muhammad Ali's own life, and its impact on sports, society and culture today. This event features a live discussion with filmmaker Ken Burns, Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad, and ESPN/The Undefeated Senior Writer Justin Tinsley. Join an hour-long discussion with the filmmaker and special guests, featuring clips from the new four-part series, MUHAMMAD ALI.

Tuesday, September 14 , 2021 7:00 PM Virtual

ALI, ACTIVISM & THE MODERN ATHLETE

Leading up to the film's premiere, examine the nature of the modern athlete and celebrity through the lens of Muhammad Ali and today's biggest stars. What is the responsibility of an athlete today, and how do they leverage their unique platform for good? This event features a live discussion with filmmaker Ken Burns, New Orleans Saints player and NFL Players Coalition founder Malcolm Jenkins, ESPN/The Undefeated Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Raina Kelley; and special guests. Join an hour-long discussion with the filmmaker and special guests, featuring clips from the new four-part series, MUHAMMAD ALI.