Penn State Intercom......January 31, 2002

Updates to Framework
implementation reviewed

In response to the commitment stated in A Plan to Enhance Diversity at Penn State, each strategic planning unit was requested by Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson to describe their progress in implementing the Framework to Foster Diversity: 1998-2003. Specifically, they were asked to provide an update on the activities they had initiated for each challenge. These updates were sent to Terrell Jones, vice provost for educational equity, in mid-December.

Four review teams have been identified and charged with evaluating each unit's progress and providing suggestions. The teams are composed of representatives from Black Caucus; the Forum on Black Affairs; Faculty Senate; the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity; the Commission for Women; the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity; Undergraduate Student Government; and Commonwealth College.

After receiving feedback from the teams, which is expected this semester, each strategic planning unit will have the opportunity to incorporate the suggestions and provide revised updates before the documents are made public. The final step in the process will be the development of "best practices" for responding to each of the seven challenges.