Diversity & Inclusion Calendar of Events

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

October

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Historic Fact:

 

LGBT History Month is observed in October. In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month. Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

 

October 14, 1964:  Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  He donated the $54,000 in prize money to the Civil Rights Movement.

October 28, 1949: Helen Anderson became the first women ambassador, appointed by President Harry Truman to be Ambassador to Denmark

October 31, 1950:  Early Lloyd became the first African American to play in a National Basketball Association(NBA) game when he took the floor for the Washington Capitols in Rochester, NY.

 

Penn State History:

 

October 1961:  Charles T. Davis joins the faculty as associate professor of English as well as founding the African American Studies Program at PSU.

 

Quote:

 

"My mother gave me one piece of advice that stuck with me. She said don't forget where you came from."
- Eva Longoria

 

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. 

D&I Calendar of Events
Date Time Location Event Details
Thursday, October 21 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Zoom

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION READINESS INSTITUTE SPEAKERS SERIES

Over the past year, many companies and organizations have created new positions for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Join the Readiness Institute at Penn State on October 21 to find out what it’s like to serve in a role focused on DEI. Karen Armstrong, director of inclusion, equity, and diversity for Penn State Outreach and Online Education will talk about the rewards and challenges of her role and answer questions about working in DEI. 

Thursday, October 21 , 2021 10:00 AM Virtual

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

To combat the current rise in harassment and discrimination and to also proactively prepare for the future increase of hate incidents, Advancing Justice | Chicago is partnering with New York-based nonprofit Hollaback! and CAIR-Chicago to plan and implement an aggressive scaling up of locally-led bystander hate incident intervention trainings for community members.

Thursday, October 21 , 2021 11:00 AM Virtual

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 workshop hosted on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and Hollaback!, we'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety. The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now -- from microaggressions to violence -- using a tool we call the "spectrum of disrespect." You'll 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. We'll have time at the end for practice, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person. This training may not be ADA compliant.

Thursday, October 21 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Zoom

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION READINESS INSTITUTE SPEAKERS SERIES

Over the past year, many companies and organizations have created new positions for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Join the Readiness Institute at Penn State on October 21 to find out what it's like to serve in a role focused on DEI. Karen Armstrong, director of inclusion, equity, and diversity for Penn State Outreach and Online Education will talk about the rewards and challenges of her role and answer questions about working in DEI.

Thursday, October 21 , 2021 6:00 PM ZOOM

ART HISTORY DICKSON LECTURE: SHIPU WANG

As part of the Department of Art History's Dickson Lecture Series, and in conjunction with the Palmer Museum's Global Asias exhibition, noted scholar Dr. Shipu Wang will discuss pre-WWII Asian American artists' transracioethnic alliances with heterogeneous artist communities. Co-sponsored with the Department of Art History

Thursday, October 21 , 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Penn State Harrisburg/Kulkarni Theatre, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, 112 SEC, Middletown, PA 17057

AN EVENING WITH BRYAN TERRELL CLARK

Drawing on real-life lessons from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his starring career on Broadway - most notably as George Washington in Hamilton: An American Musical - Bryan Terrell Clark inspires others to reach their full potential in life while leaving a positive impact on the world. In-person and virtual attendance options available. Attendees with virtual tickets will receive the link a day before the event.

Friday, October 22 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Zoom

THE EFFECTS OF MEDIA STEREOTYPES ON HIGHER ED: WHAT CAN WE DO?

Presented by Dr. Erica Tachoir, Academic Advising Manager at Penn State Greater Allegheny. What would you say if I told you that the movie, TV show or commercial you watched last night (or week or year) affects how you interact with your students on a daily basis? Despite our emotional, ethical and even institutional commitments to DEI, unconscious biases (driven by historical and current media stereotypes), are still at work in our teaching styles, classrooms and even our campus programming. Fighting against the grain of schema-based biases is a lifelong task for all educators, especially those at the collegiate level. Honest and frank discussions about the biases we blindly accept is the first step to the necessary change needed to destroy the stereotypes that still prevail in the ivory tower. Register in advance for this meeting: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAscuuvqzooGdU5UEYl99nBjsUdiYTGrMGY

Friday, October 22 , 2021 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Virtual

"MARKING TIME: ART IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION"

Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood is a write, curator, and the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. She is the author of "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incareration" (2020), Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award in art history, and the Frank Jewett Mather Awars in art criticism. To register, email Johey Verfaille at [email protected]

Sunday, October 24 , 2021 4:00 PM Recital Hall & Livestream

ESSENCE OF JOY CONCERT

Most of the School of Music concerts you enjoy are part of our curriculum. While the School of Music cannot verify the vaccination status of students who are performing as part of their required course work, all performers follow strict protocols based on the science and research reported by professional music organizations related to bioaerosol spread by wind and brass instrumentalists and vocalists. Wind and brass players regardless of vaccination status (and under faculty supervision) will lower their masks while performing. Vocalists, string players, percussionists, and pianists will be masked while performing.

Tuesday, October 26 , 2021 10:00 AM Virtual

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

To combat the current rise in harassment and discrimination and to also proactively prepare for the future increase of hate incidents, Advancing Justice | Chicago is partnering with New York-based nonprofit Hollaback! and CAIR-Chicago to plan and implement an aggressive scaling up of locally-led bystander hate incident intervention trainings for community members.

Tuesday, October 26 , 2021 6:00 PM Freeman Auditorium University Park, PA 16802

HOW AND WHY: INTERRUPTING POLICE MISCONDUCT

Panelists include Nakia Jones, Ramond Hicks, Cariol Horne, and Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland). Part of Fall 2021 programs from the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Penn State.

Wednesday, October 27 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

HUMPHREY FELLOWS' GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION: FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION

Amina Bektache and Angela Tejada Celi, 2021/22 Humphrey Fellows, will discuss foreign language education in their home countries. Amina Bektache is an educational consultant and teacher of EFL at Management Business International Institute, Algeria. Angela Tejada Celi is a teacher educator and head of the English Department at the Universidad de Piura, Peru.

Wednesday, October 27 , 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Katz Auditorium & Zoom

THE POWER OF PROTESTS WITH SPECIAL GUEST BENJAMIN PRESS

Press is a Gaither Junior with the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he runs The Protest Tracker. He has previously interned for the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Office of European Affairs within the U.S. Department of State. His most recent article is "American Diplomacy and the Fight Against Authoritarianism." Registration is required.

Wednesday, October 27 , 2021 7:00 PM Virtual

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 workshop hosted on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and Hollaback!, we'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety. The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now -- from microaggressions to violence -- using a tool we call the "spectrum of disrespect." You'll 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. We'll have time at the end for practice, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person. This training may not be ADA compliant.

Wednesday, October 27 , 2021 7:30 PM Eisenhower Auditorium University Park, PA 16802

CHRISTIAN SANDS

Back in February 2021, we presented the beguiling jazz pianist Christian Sands and his quartet in a recorded concert available for streaming online. Eight months later, we're thrilled to be presenting Sands live on our stage. Sands started playing piano professionally at age 10. A protege of the late jazz pianist and educator Billy Taylor, Sands earned two degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. A former member of bassist Christian McBride's band, he has performed worldwide at jazz festivals, clubs, and theatres. "If there's an overarching motif to Sands' career to this point," a DownBeat writer points out, "it's his ability to astound listeners when they first hear him." Tickets for this event are $15-38.

Thursday, October 28 , 2021 8:00 AM - 10:30 PM Various University Park locations

CLOTHESLINE PROJECT DISPLAY

These displays will be viewable from October 11 through October 28 at the following locations: Pasquerilla Center Lobby, Pollock Cultural Lounge, Pattee and Paterno Libraries, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the UPUA Office (314 HUB-Robeson). The Clothesline Project is a national movement focused on creating a visual reminder of the impact that power-based personal violence has had on our community, turning statistics into shirts. The movement gives a voice to those who have been silenced, sending the message that help is available and there is a path to healing. Stop by any of the locations to view shirts made by members of the Penn State community providing words of support for survivors, sharing stories of a personal experience or that of someone close to them, or taking a stand against power-based personal violence.

Thursday, October 28 , 2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zoom

WOMEN AND THE PERSISTENT PANDEMIC: HEALTH, WORK AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING

A panel of local experts will discuss how women can take care of themselves in the face of the health, work and economic challenges posed by the persistent pandemic. There will be an open discussion period with the audience. Register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsceygqT0iHNP1LjrAEc2Jq-PHJrGcldNo

Thursday, October 28 , 2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zoom

Women and the Persistent Pandemic: Health, Work and Economic Wellbeing

A panel of local experts will discuss how women can take care of themselves in the face of the health, work and economic challenges posed by the persistent pandemic. There will be an open discussion period with the audience. Register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsceygqT0iHNP1LjrAEc2Jq-PHJrGcldNo 

Friday, October 29 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Virtual

SUSTAINABILITY SHOWCASE SPEAKER SERIES: PAWS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Sustainability Showcase Speaker Series: Grace Coleman // Crisis Center North This week's event we are hosting Grace Coleman, the Executive Director of Crisis Center North (https://www.crisiscenternorth.org/about-us). Talk Title: "Paws for Domestic Violence": A conversation with Crisis Center North. The Sustainability Showcases are weekly discussions highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability by creating a platform for stakeholders to engage with one another. The series makes connections between faculty research, personal and professional interest, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers are invited to give a 45-minute - 1 hours talk, answer questions surrounding this year's theme of "Driving it Home" -exploring the origins and meanings of home, identify local social and environmental issues that hit home for students and other attendees, and empower attendees to begin addressing those issues to make communities more resilient. This event is FREE and welcomes all! For questions, email [email protected] We hope to see you there!

Friday, October 29 , 2021 5:00 PM Virtual

CONFLICT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING

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 interactive 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 COVID-19 -- 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.

Saturday, October 30 , 2021 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 2171 Sandy Drive State College, PA 16803

STATE COLLEGE'S THIRD ANNUAL CRANKSGIVING

Cranksgiving State College is an annual food drive powered by bicycles. Participants ride to local grocery stores, and purchase need list items to donate to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau. You just need a bike, helmet, lock, bag(s)/backpack/panniers, and $15+ to purchase food items... friends and family are always helpful! Join us this year and help us achieve our goal of donating over $5000 in food!!! Registration is free, and those who preregister can purchase a limited edition event shirt. Contact: Matthew Cox

Monday, November 1 , 2021 Mont Alto Campus Library

OF MANY COLORS: PORTRAITS OF MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES

The display includes photographs and interviews with children, teens and adults who bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships and/or adoption. It is one of eight traveling exhibits from the Family Diversity Projects, a nonprofit organization that strives to eliminate prejudice and harassment of those facing discrimination due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion and disabilities.

Wednesday, November 3 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

HUMPHREY FELLOWS' GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION: HOT TOPICS EDUCATION

Dunstan Dirua and Marcha Reumel, 2021/22 Humphrey Fellows, will discuss hot topics in education in their home countries. Dunstan Dirua is a lecturer at the Primary Teacher Training College, Papua New Guinea. Marcha Reumel is an assistant commissioner in the police force at the Ministry of Justice and Police, Suriname.

Wednesday, November 3 , 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Zoom

ARC MONTHLY POWER HOUR WITH DR. MICHELLE SIMMS-BURTON

More information will be shared via the link to the event as well as a link for registration. Dr. Simms-Burton is the President of Creative Training Solutions.

Friday, November 5 , 2021 7:00 PM Virtual

DISRUPTING RHETORICS OF PRIVILEGE IN RACE, SEXUALITY AND EDUCATION

Join PSU Press and the authors of four new books that explore and disrupt rhetorics of privilege on Friday, 11/5 at 7pm ET. The authors will discuss their work and answer your questions. Guests: Robert Asen School Choice and the Betrayal of Democracy: How Market-Based Education Reform Fails Our Communities Michele Kennerly A New Handbook of Rhetoric: Inverting the Classical Vocabulary Stephanie R. Larson What It Feels Like: Visceral Rhetoric and the Politics of Rape Culture Mary E. Stuckey Deplorable: The Worst Presidential Campaigns from Jefferson to Trump Moderated by Ryan Peterson, Acquisitions Editor

Monday, November 8 , 2021 Mont Alto Campus Library

OF MANY COLORS: PORTRAITS OF MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES

The display includes photographs and interviews with children, teens and adults who bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships and/or adoption. It is one of eight traveling exhibits from the Family Diversity Projects, a nonprofit organization that strives to eliminate prejudice and harassment of those facing discrimination due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion and disabilities.

Wednesday, November 10 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

HUMPHREY FELLOWS' GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION: GENDER, SEXUAL DIVERSITY, AND EDUCATION

Billur Kaya and Lissette Lazo, 2021/22 Humphrey Fellows, will discuss gender, sexual diversity, and education in their home countries. Billur Kaya is a level coordinator and instructor of English in the Curriculum Development Unit at Istanbul Technical University School of Foreign Languages, Turkey. Lissette Lazo is a Spanish teacher and human rights educator at the Hope of Land Foundation, Chile.

Thursday, November 11 , 2021 4:00 PM Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park and Virtual

AMERICA'S DISENFRANCHISED: WHY RESTORING THEIR VOTE CAN SAVE THE SOUL OF OUR DEMOCRACY

Brown Democracy Medal winner Desmond Meade will discuss his work restoring voting rights for the disenfranchised through the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Meade led Florida's Amendment 4 ballot initiative campaign, which passed in 2018 with 65 percent of the vote and served as a source of common ground for a politically-divided state. He was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of the foundation's prestigious "genius grant." Please register whether you plan to attend in-person or virtually.

Thursday, November 11 , 2021 5:30 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

THE ETHICS OF POLICING

New York University Press recently released The Ethics of Policing: New Perspectives on Law Enforcement, the result of a conference hosted by the Rock Ethics Institute that featured leading scholars in Black studies, criminology, history, law, politics, and other fields. this panel uses that book as a starting point to explore what ethical principles should guide policy and law in promoting public safety, especially in light of concerns raised by protest movements like Black Lives Matter. Panelists include Gopal Balachandran, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law; Eleanor Brown, Professor of Law and International Affairs and Senior Scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute; Ben Jones, Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute; Megan Kurlychek, Professor of Sociology, Criminology, and Public Policy (moderator); Eduardo Mendieta, Professor of Philosophy. For more information, please contact Ben Jones ([email protected]).

Monday, November 15 , 2021 Mont Alto Campus Library

OF MANY COLORS: PORTRAITS OF MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES

The display includes photographs and interviews with children, teens and adults who bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships and/or adoption. It is one of eight traveling exhibits from the Family Diversity Projects, a nonprofit organization that strives to eliminate prejudice and harassment of those facing discrimination due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion and disabilities.

Wednesday, November 17 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

HUMPHREY FELLOWS' GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION: COVID-19'S EFFECT ON EDUCATION

Joelma Monteiro and Dr. Sasiporn Phongloenpis, 2021/22 Humphrey Fellows, will discuss Covid-19's effects on education in their home countries. Joelma Monteiro is an English language teacher and classroom director at Instituto Nacional de Petroleos, Angola. Dr. Sasiporn Phongploenpis is an assistant professor in TESOL at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand.

Monday, November 22 , 2021 Mont Alto Campus Library

OF MANY COLORS: PORTRAITS OF MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES

The display includes photographs and interviews with children, teens and adults who bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships and/or adoption. It is one of eight traveling exhibits from the Family Diversity Projects, a nonprofit organization that strives to eliminate prejudice and harassment of those facing discrimination due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion and disabilities.

Wednesday, December 1 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

HUMPHREY FELLOWS' GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION: THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION

Vuyokazi Jamieson, Madina Pulotova, and Shahla Davoodi, 2021/22 Humphrey Fellows, will discuss the future of education in their home countries. Vuyokazi Jamieson is the Head Librarian at St. Andrew's College, South Africa. Madina Pulotova is director of Jahoni Mo and coordinator at American Space Khujand, Tajikistan. Shahla Davoodi is an English teacher and trainer at the Ministry of Education, Iran.

Wednesday, December 1 , 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Zoom

ARC MONTHLY POWER HOUR WITH DR. TODNE THOMAS

More information will be shared via the link to the event as well as a link for registration. Dr. Thomas is a socio-cultural anthropologist and associate professor of African American religious studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Wednesday, December 8 , 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library University Park, PA 16802

HUMPHREY FELLOWS' GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION: HIGHER EDUCATION TRENDS

Dr. Philipina and Dr. Nagwa Elnwishy, 2021/22 Humphrey Fellows, will discuss higher education trends in their home countries. Dr. Philipina Marcelo is dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. Dr. Nagwa Elnwishy is a lecturer at Suez Canal University, Egypt.