Many of the materials in this section can be used to meet the 8 hour diversity requirement for extension educators.

Diversity and Inclusion Assessment for the College of Agricultural Sciences

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Project Overview: The purpose of this project was to assess the climate for diversity and inclusion in the College of Agricultural Sciences at the Penn State University Park campus. To meet this objective, an online survey and focus groups were conducted.

Celebrating Diversity in the Classroom

Welcome to this i-study module on celebrating diversity in the classroom. You may wonder why we think this is an important area for you to explore. As a student at Penn State, you are sure to meet many fellow students who are from different places and who have different lived experiences that you do. One of the most exciting things about being a student is the opportunity to get to know new people and to think about ideas and situations in ways you never have before. As a university, Penn State welcomes students, faculty, and staff from around the world and from a wealth of backgrounds and traditions. There are differences and similarities in all of us, whether we come from different places or whether we grow up next door to each other. This module is designed to encourage you to think about how you see others - and how you see yourself - based on all of the things that have gone into making you who you are. As you move through this module and think about your own experiences with what you find here, we hope that you will join us in recognizing the richness that diversity brings to your life and in celebrating the opportunities that being here bring to you. To access this module go to the following site -

June 23rd Latino Conference Panel Presentation

A panel presentation was held as part of the Latino One-Day Conference titled, Why don't they come... Strategies to increase Latino participation in outreach programs on June 23, 2015 at the Chester County Extension Office. The panel presenters included: Marlyn Barbosa, Director of Tec Centro, a biligual vocational center in Lancaster, PA Alisa Maria Jones, M.P.H., president and Chief Executive Officer of La Comunidad Hispana in Chester county Marcia Weber, Extension Educator with Penn State with responsibilities in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties Miguel Saviroff, a Farm Management Educator for Penn State Extension in Somerset County. The presentation was audio recorded and can be accessed at the link below.

Diversity Webinars
Survivors of Canadian Boarding Schools Speak
Diversity of World Religions

by Dr. Patreese Ingram Completion of this module is equivalent to 5 hours of training for extension educators.

Diversity Issues in the Digital Age

Inclusion matters in the rapidly diversifying digital world in which we live and work. Explore the challenges and opportunities that gender, age, cultural, ethnic, and a veritable rainbow of diversities present in our Web 2.0 world. You'll come away with resources and strategies for leaders, managers, and communicators to transform the rhetoric of inclusion into the practice of equity. Dr. Kayt Sunwood, manager of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Women's Center and coordinator of eLive sessions for the Math in a Cultural Context: Lessons Learned from Yup’ik Elders project will lead this exploration. Kayt holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. There will be discussion so all participants will connect with their phone. (for all Extension) This Professional Development session is offered in partnership with the ACE Leadership & Management SIG.

Links to Websites with Diversity Resources

This folder contains links to other websites that have diversity-focused educational resources

Extension- Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Cliente - USDA Webinar

Extension is making enormous contributions to the communities across the United States. They have a very good understanding of the current problems and issues and they strive to provide best solutions for the communities to prosper and live better. The US demographic is changing and the Extension community is adapting new tools and methods to provide the best information to diverse audience.

ADL Education and Outreach Curriculum Resources

For Diversity-focused educational resources on the Anti-Defamation League website paste the following url in your web browser.

Latino Family Engagement: How to Effectively Engage and Connect with Latino Parents and Youth

PowerPoint presentation, 3.6 MB

Power point presentation by Sue Rosman, Verona Roberts, and Andrew Behnke

Beyond the Numbers: Consideration for working with Latino/Hispanic Populations

The Census data continues to provide us with information regarding the demographics of our nation’s Latino/Hispanic population. This demographic data, however, is only one part of the information that needs to be considered when developing and implementing programming and other outreach efforts for this diverse population. For Extension and other staff to be effective in planning, outreach and programming to this segment of our communities, there is a need to better understand the diversity of this population and the sub-cultures that exist within this ethnic group.

1994, 1862, 1890 Land Grant Institutions and HSI's
This is the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.

The map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is stunningly comprehensive. Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all–around 7 GB of visual data. It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.

Examining Pieces of the Immigrant Paradox Puzzle

This presentation examines neglected ‘pieces of the puzzle’ that is the immigrant paradox. First, because youth of different generations acculturate differently to the U.S., they might respond to academic measures (such as school engagement & perceived school support) in different ways. Secondly, traditional “inputs” to achievement – feeling like school staff care about you and are supportive, feeling engaged to one’s school and the process of schooling – may also play differential roles in the achievement of immigrant youth from different generations. Presenter Dr. Matthew Diemer

Racial Equity Tool Glossary

Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. Indeed, universally agreed upon language on issues relating to racism is nonexistent. We discovered that even the most frequently used words in any discussion on race can easily cause confusion, which leads to controversy and hostility. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced.

Educational Diversity Focused Podcasts

The following are educational podcasts that contribute to understanding of diversity issues.

Language Learning Tutorials

Learn a Language Online... For Free!

The Vang Drama - Experiences of Recent Immigrant Farmers

The Vang Drama documents the experiences of recent Iowa immigrant farmers and their journeys to the U.S. brought to life by Iowa Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winning director, Matt Foss. Performed by Matt Foss and Nancy Lee Painter and recorded at WPSU studios, March 31, 2015.

STEM Opportunities for Women and Minorities

This guide highlights academic support for women and minorities. It includes scholarships dedicated specifically to women and minorities, as well as national societies dedicated to supporting them. This guide discusses the value of pursuing a degree in STEM and covers the economic outlook for these fields and the benefits of diversity in STEM.

College Degrees for Social Justice - How to turn your education into a career fighting inequality

The thirty richest people in the United States are worth $792 billion, yet 633,000 Americans are homeless during the winter. Inequalities exist in nearly every corner of the country. Added together, they reveal broader systemic injustices tied to lack of economic opportunities, education, justice and healthcare. But millions of professional devote their lives to helping others overcome inequality. From social workers to civil rights attorneys, those with a passion for fighting inequality can find fulfilling careers across dozens of professional fields. This guide explores these career and education programs, provides resources for fighting inequality, and gives insights from a nonprofit professional.

Moving Beyond Trauma - Child Migrants and Refugees in the US

This report gives an estimate of the number of immigrant and refugee children who will enter the United States in 2016, where they come from, and the traumas they face. It includes recommendations for policy and practice.

YC teen website

YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people's lives. Some stories include lesson plans for teaching. Check out the site for useful resources.

Everyday Democracy: Ideas & Tools for Community Change

This website provides a variety of diversity resources for change-makers. Everyday Democracy has carried out and studied the process of bringing diverse people together for more than 25 years. Our Dialogue to Change process offers an adaptable approach to community engagement, with a racial equity lens, that is grounded in years of experience and learning with communities throughout the U.S. Visit the website for resources you can use in diversity professional development and community programming.

How To Be Culturally Sensitive Working with Clients with a Range of Identities - A Guide

This guide covers topics like social distance, how to be culturally sensitive, and most importantly how teachers, social workers and other providers can develop culturally sensitives strategies to better help their communities. It was created by

An Overview of Diversity Awareness


The demographic makeup of the United States has changed dramatically in the last 25 years, and it will continue to change. Living and working in our society will require each of us to become increasingly aware of the challenge of cultural change. This publication provides an overview of the concept of cultural diversity, and can help you become more aware of the various dimensions of diversity, your own cultural identity, and your own attitudes, perceptions, and feelings about various aspects of diversity.

Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults


This publication features six different activities that can be used to help youth and adults understand and appreciate diversity. It includes a discussion of why appreciating diversity is important, suggestions on when and where the activities can be used, and references and resources for more information about diversity issues.

More Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults


This publication is a continuation of Diversity Discussion Starters, with a selection of different activities to promote discussion about diversity.

Diversity Discussion Starters


This booklet is a collection of ice breakers designed to start conversation about diversity. It is for teachers or session leaders to use as a basis to discuss diversity. Diversity is discussed in a broad sense in this publication through a variety of stories and poems. Each story and poem is set up as an activity that includes a brief discussion and several thought-provoking questions.

Americans and the Holocaust: The Refugee Crisis

Interweaving Facing History’s innovative approach to historical inquiry with groundbreaking new sources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s special exhibition Americans and the Holocaust, this unit shifts students’ study of World War II and Nazism to the other side of the Atlantic. The unit deeply explores the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism and the humanitarian refugee crisis it provoked during the 1930s and 1940s. By examining primary sources that range from public opinion polls to personal narratives to radio plays, students will explore why widespread American sympathy for the plight of Jewish refugees never translated into widespread support for prioritizing their rescue. The unit also highlights the stories of individual Americans who did take tremendous risks to rescue Jews, as well as the questions this history raises for taking action in the context of contemporary refugee crises.

On line Diversity Resources

The following are diversity-focused on-line resources that can serve as professional development opportunities.

Safe Fieldwork Strategies for At-Risk Individuals

This document is intended to facilitate and implement anti-discriminatory practices in an unbiased manner to promote a safer and more inclusive community in the field. We describe the increased risk to researchers (or anyone conducting fieldwork) of at-risk identities, and provide strategies so that researchers, supervisors, and institutions can mitigate such risk. By sharing this document, supervisors and institutions show that they promote diverse and inclusive discussion and engagement in a safe space for all, irrespective of professional status.

Extensive list of Anti-racism resources

Anti-racism resources The following resources have been arranged according to different styles of learning. This list is meant to serve as an initial list of resources to visit in order to guide you into understanding and dismantling internalized and institutional racism. Antiracism is not something that can be checked off a list; nor cured within an individual or an institution through occasional learning. Dismantling racism must be a regular and intentional process that is done throughout the course of our lives. Unlearning racism and becoming antiracist is a lifelong, ongoing process; we encourage you to continue unlearning racism after using these resources. Over time, we will add to the list to address different intersections of racial oppression. Includes Articles Books Nonfiction NEW Fiction Documentaries Movies (non-documentary) and film series Short videos Podcasts Resources for engaging with youth Webinars Other resource collections