Penn State forms Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force
April 29, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State has named a diverse group of students, faculty and administrators to a recently formed Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force, which will work collaboratively to provide recommendations to the University Faculty Senate and Penn State’s administration to increase diversity awareness in the University community.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson and 2012-13 Senate Chair Larry Backer called for the formation of the joint task force following the Jan. 29 Senate meeting, in response to a request made by members of the Student Diversity Awareness Task Force.
The goal of the task force will be to undertake a review of issues related to cultural awareness and to make suggestions and recommendations on curricular and out-of-class climate changes that could enhance the environment for all students at the University.
The joint task force will hold its first meeting in the near future, at which 2013-14 Senate Chair Brent Yarnel and Penn State Vice Provost Rob Pangborn will present its formal charge. The group is expected to meet throughout the summer.
“The incidents of intolerance and lack of respect and understanding in recent months have underscored the need for the University community to engage in discussions at many levels to seek ways to improve the climate for diversity at Penn State,” said Pangborn. “The Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force has the opportunity to make a lasting impact within the general education curriculum and other curricular and co-curricular learning experiences of both current and future students.”
The following students, faculty and administrators will serve on the Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force for 2013-14:
-- Brian Aynardi, graduate student in plant pathology and Graduate Student Association representative to the Faculty Senate;
-- Mark Brennan, associate professor of rural sociology and agricultural and extension education, and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership and Youth Development;
-- Melissa Creely, undergraduate student in biobehavioral health;
-- Barbara Dewey, dean, University Libraries and scholarly communications;
-- Caleb Fernandez, undergraduate student in communications;
-- Jesus Hinojosa, undergraduate student in psychology and economics;
-- Antwain Hunter, graduate student in history;
-- Patreese Ingram, assistant dean of multicultural affairs and professor of agricultural sciences and extension education;
-- Krishna Jayakar, associate professor of communications;
-- Ariel Johnson, graduate student in media studies;
-- Terrell Jones, vice provost, Office of Educational Equity;
-- Jonna Kulikowich, professor of education and chair-elect of the University Faculty Senate;
-- Yanni Mai, undergraduate student, division of undergraduate studies;
-- Karyn McKinney Marvasti, associate professor of sociology and women’s studies, Penn State Altoona;
-- Curtis Price, associate dean of educational equity and coordinator of multicultural programs, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
-- Evan Riddick, undergraduate student in crime, law and justice;
-- Jo Tyler, associate professor of training and development, Penn State Harrisburg;
-- Teresa Vescio, associate professor of psychology and women’s studies; and
-- Carlos Wiley, director, Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) will be debating Robert Gibbs (President Obama's former Press Secretary) here at Penn State. The Great Debate will take place on Tuesday April 23rd at 8PM in Schwab Auditorium.
Tickets are FREE and can be obtained at either the HUB or Eisenhower Ticket Desk.
Come hang out with your fellow graduate students for some fun!
WHAT: White Course Spring Picnic
WHERE: Weston Community Center Front Lawn
WHEN: April 19th, 4:30PM
The GSA Election Results for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
GSA 2013-2014 Executive Board
Scott Rager, President
Evelyn Miller, Executive Vice President
Antwain Hunter, Vice President of External Affairs
Brandon Merritt, Executive Secretary
Marika Merritt, Treasurer
Brian Aynardi, Faculty Senate Representative
Graduate Council Representatives
Katherine C. Kragh-Buetow
UPAC Allocations Committee
GSA 2013-2014 Graduate College Assembly Delegates
College of Agricultural Science
College of Arts and Architecture
Brittany N. Wong
College of Communications
College of Health and Human Development
Dickinson School of Law
School of International Affairs
Eberly College of Science
College of Engineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
College of the Liberal Arts
Nicole M. Benevento
Intercollegiate Graduate Degree
Smeal School of Business
We'll be voting to fill the vacant College of Education positions at the next GSA Meeting! So new delegates be sure you come and vote!
We also still have openings in the following Assembly positions, those that are interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (1 position)
College of Information Sciences and Technology (1 position)
School of Nursing (1 position)
Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (1 position)
White Course Apartments (1 position)
GSA is proud to announce the first patch of election results! The following individuals have been elected to the 2013-2014 GSA Executive Board and Assembly.
President: Scott Rager
Executive Vice President: Evelyn Miller
Vice President of External Affairs: Antwain Hunter
Executive Secretary: Brandon Merritt
Treasurer: Marika Merritt
Faculty Senate Representative: Brian Aynardi
Graduate Council: Gabriel Caceres, Katherine Kragh-Buetow, Lauren Golder, and Stephanie Wilson
College of Agricultural Science: James Banfill and Doug Whalen
College of Arts and Architecture: Brittany Wong
College of Communications: Ariel Johnson
College of Engineering: Nathan Depenbusch and Runkun Jiang
College of Health and Human Development: Rachel Koffer and Aaron Miller
Dickinson School of Law: Dustin Segovia
College of Liberal Arts: Nicole Benevento
Eberly College of Science: Bill Dusch, Gabriel Caceres, and Joanna Bridge
More to come soon!