Ed Equity Inter-unit Collaborations Aimed at Enhancing the Climate for Diversity

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College / Administrative Unit: 
Educational Equity
Date Started: 
January 2001

April 2001: CORED -- The Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED) was appointed in 1989 as a University-wide advisory body to the PSU President in matters relating to racial and ethnic diversity. CORED also serves as a resource for all University departments and individuals seeking to improve Penn State's climate for diversity. Accomplishments include: 1) annual meeting with the President of Penn State, 2) published terminology guidelines and recommendations, 3) analysis of Penn State's policies regarding exit interviews for departing minority faculty, staff and students, 4) study on the treatment of diversity in the University's curriculum, 5) organized and sponsored a national conference for 400 entitled, "Best Practices in Diversity," 6) developed a CORED web site to inform the community about the commission's activities.

April 2001: Equal Opportunity Planning Committee -- EOPC's mission is to promote greater equity for historically underrepresented groups witin the University and/or those groups that have been historical targets of discrimination. EOPC was formed in 1983 as a response to a desegregation mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Education to all public institutions within the Commonwealth of PA.

Seven challenges articulated in "A framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 1998-2003" comprise the funding categories of EOPC: 1) developing a shared and inclusive understanding of diversity, 2) creating a welcoming campus climate, 3) recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, 4) recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, 5) developing a curriculum that supports the goals of the University's general education plan, 6) diversifying University leadership and management, and 7) coordinating organizational change to support diversity goals.

April 2001: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Support Network is sponsored by the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Equity and the EOPC.

Goals: 1) to identify and mobilize a network of people empathetic and knowledgeable about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered issues and concerns; 2) to provide evidence of that support by displaying a sign as a visible symbol,; 3) to reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons within the Penn State community.

Contact Person: 
  • Terrell Jones, Sponsor
  • Susan Shuman, Leader
  • Mike Blanco, Member
  • Sue Rankin, Member
  • Victoria Sanchez, Member