Campus environment team actively
diversity issues and acts of intolerance
Penn State's Campus
Environment Team is a 10-member group that works intensively and
proactively to address diversity issues, acts of intolerance,
and related issues. The team meets once a week to review ongoing
issues and make recommendations about handling them to appropriate
University administrators and faculty.
of the team is to maintain a low profile and to enable the appropriate
University units and/or constituencies to take "ownership" of
the best approach to resolving the issue before the group. The
team is chaired by Terrell Jones, vice provost for educational
equity at Penn State.
12 years ago, the team soon realized that while a homogeneous
University population creates fewer conflict situations, a heterogeneous
University population has a much broader range of ideas, values,
cultures and interactions - which makes for a richer and dynamic
"As the University
population becomes more diverse, we can anticipate more concerns
to arise along cultural, gender, and racial lines," says team
chair Terrell Jones. "But if we can anticipate and address some
of the issues in a proactive way, we can help create a more dynamic
environment for education."
One of the yardsticks
the team uses to measure its success is the number and value of
experiences that Penn State students are having within a broader
range of cultures, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
The Campus Environment
team members include, in addition to Jones: Art Carter, Thomas
Harmon, Linda Higginson, Gail Hurley, Janis Jacobs, Bill Mahon,
Bonnie Ortiz, Tom Poole, and Billie Willits.