Upcoming Events

February 2019

When: February 19, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: 252 Food Science Building

Penn State faculty and staff are invited to explore their class identities and engage in cross-class dialogue. This highly interactive workshop will also include conversation and reflection on how class dynamics play out here at Penn State and what strategies faculty and staff can pursue to make Penn State more equitable for students. This workshop will be led by two facilitators from Class Action. Registration Requested. See URL below.

When: February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Freeman Auditorium HUB

As part of continued efforts to engage the Penn State community in discussions around diversity and inclusion, the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, along with the Bahá’í Campus Association, will host a screening of the documentary, "Me, The Other" followed by a discussion with the director of the film, Shidan Majidi, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Freeman Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited and can be reserved by calling the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development at 814-865-6548. "Me, The 'Other'" is a documentary film created in less than five months about a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County in southeast Michigan. The cast of "Me, The 'Other'" has inspired the film’s unfolding rich mosaic of human experience. The cast is comprised of 12 students from three local universities in Michigan. The diverse group ranges from an African-American acting student from Flint who tells a personal heartbreaking story of the current water crisis in her community; a student from Mexico on the DACA program living in fear of deportation; a Pakistani Muslim immigrant; an interracial married couple; a #MeToo story of an orphaned Bahá’í immigrant from Cameroon; a Christian gay couple living with chronic illnesses; and a 66-year-old transgender student who was homeless and alcohol and drug-dependent but chose education over suicide. “I believe that at this critical juncture in our journey as a human race, we need a radical paradigm shift in our approach to the preservation of our collective home by starting to view our planet as one country and humanity its citizens," said film director and co-producer Shidan Majidi. "Elimination of prejudice is one of the fundamental principles in establishing this goal. Storytelling is a powerful tool in raising awareness and bridging the gaps. With this film, we set out to tell stories of a diverse cast of characters who are on some level experiencing prejudice in their lives. They come from various backgrounds but in that deep place inside, they are all essentially one … and we are one of them. My personal hope for this film is to expose that sacred place inside where beyond the clouded isms of race, religion, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical appearance lies a place of light, warmth, hope, and pure love called the human soul.”

When: February 21, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: 218 thomas Building

The Penn State chapter of Students for Cultivating Change will be hosting a webinar with Ashlee Davis, Global Lead for External Affairs - Global Inclusion and Diversity. Ms. Davis will be discussing her experiences with Cargill and how Cargill values diversity and inclusion. Event Details: February 21st at 6 pm in 218 Thomas Building About Ashlee Davis Ashlee Davis is responsible for developing strategies that position Cargill as a global thought leader in inclusion & diversity, ensuring that Cargill’s external brand and strategic partnerships across more than 70 countries is one consistent with being an “employer of choice” for diverse populations. She has also served as a White House Liaison and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the USDA

When: February 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: 112 Kern Building

Los Tikis is a Latin American band formed by Chileans, Peruvians and Paraguayans. This is a free event for everyone. The College of Education’s Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) invites staff, students, and faculty members to attend this free music event BEYOND THE WALL: SONGS OF SOLIDARITY FOR TROUBLED TIMES to promote diversity and social justice. There will also be a free panel event (3-5 pm at 108 Chambers Building) before the music event to help you learn about how to facilitate difficult conversations.

March 2019

When: March 20, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Eisenhower Auditorium

Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy. Under Stevenson's leadership, the EJI has won significant legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting the abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. The EJI recently opened a national memorial to victims of lynching, as well as a companion museum on the site of a former slave warehouse in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson's lecture will explore what justice demands, both inside and outside the courtroom, and the need to address the legacy of racial violence and oppression in the United States. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event will be free and open to the public.