The University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence reflected in:
There are many resources which will help you become familiar with Penn State in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A few in particular are:
If you are interested in increasing your facility with diversity, equity, and inclusion, there are several options for learning more.
EMS recently conducted a comprehensive Assessment of the Living, Learning, and Working Environment in EMS to gain valuable insight into creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment characterized by openness, fairness and equal access. Visit the ALLWE website for more about the survey, findings, progress, and outcomes https://www.ems.psu.edu/allwe.
Recognizing that everyone plays a part in creating the welcoming environment we value in EMS, we encourage everyone to be a good ally to others. For more information on why it is important to be good allies and even advocates, and ways to do so, we have compiled several articles and resources as a starting point.
Our Bystander Intervention resources include scenarios with example responses, and a guide indicating who to turn to if you witness or experience problematic behaviors. Interactive workshops are also available. Additionally, the Penn State Red Folder project is a guide to help faculty, staff, and others who interact with students to recognize, respond effectively to, and refer distressed students at Penn State.
Especially if you are new to the State College area, you may find the Resource Guide published by the Community Diversity Group to be of interest. CDG is a non-profit coalition formed in 2001 with the goal of creating “a welcoming climate for all community members, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability.” CDG brings people together through a variety of activities and discussions. In addition to the community resources you’ll find in the enclosed flyer, their website lists current local activities and events. www.communitydiversitygroup.squarespace.com
Another community organization you might like to know about is the Centre LGBTQA Support Network (CLSN) which works to bring the community together through LGBTQA education and activities in the Centre County region. Within EMS, we encourage participation in the “Safer People Safer Places” program which creates a safer and more inclusive environment around sexual and gender identity. https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/campus-community-diversity/lgbtq-community/be-informed/faculty-staff-lgbtq-workshops
For more ideas on events and activities, check the Penn State Diversity and Inclusion Events calendar http://equity.psu.edu/events and local community bulletin boards. You can also subscribe to the Penn State Diversity newswire by sending a blank email to L-DIVERSITYemail@example.com
We are also in the process of developing an online community resources page, which will have a wealth of information for those who are settling into the State College area or looking to explore new things in a familiar place.