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University launches initiatives
to combat racism on campus
to student and community concerns about recent events on campus
that were motivated by hate and prejudice, the University is
undertaking a series of new initiatives to promote a shared
understanding of the value of diversity and developing programs
to create a welcoming campus climate.
campuses are not immune to racism and other forms of hatred
that continue to exist in our society at-large," said Terrell
Jones, vice provost for educational equity, in his open e-mail
letter to University Park faculty, staff and students last week.
"Until we realize that and engage in a proactive campaign to
rid our society, and our University, of racism and all the forces
that seek to divide us, we will be caught in an endless cycle
of treating symptoms rather than fighting the disease."
in the planning stages is a series of advertisements, posters
and videos to be developed in collaboration with student leaders
on the value of diversity. "All Penn State students have earned
the right to be here," said Jones. "And we hope these efforts
will help convey that message."
in the works is a forum on "How Race is Lived in America,"at
2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.
Sponsored by The New York Times and the College of Communications,
the forum will focus on observations by journalists who developed
a 15-part, front-page series on race in The Times this summer.
The forum is open to the public.
events this month that promote the cultural diversity of the
campus community are several that celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Month -- from a Latino Food Festival in the College of Engineering
on Monday, Nov. 20, to the Hispanic Heritage Month keynote speaker,
Ingrid Duran, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in 112 Kern Auditorium.
am heartened by the responses from the University community
to mobilize efforts against racism and hate," said President
Graham B. Spanier.
addition, the University has announced a $5,000 reward for the
arrest and conviction of the person or persons who sent racist
mail to members of the Black Caucus last month is now available.
The reward comes entirely from private funds.
mail, racial slogans painted on walls and other recent events
motivated by hate and prejudice have brought together hundreds
of members of our community to commit themselves to unity,"
said Jones. "While our first priority is always to prevent acts
of hatred, once such acts occur we believe that the next priority
must be to find and prosecute the perpetrators. With this reward,
we intend to send a clear message that actions of racial hate
have no place at Penn State."
fund has been established to reward individuals who provide
information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone under
state or federal criminal law for a hate crime that occurs on
any Penn State campus. These crimes are defined by the FBI Uniform
Crime Report as "a criminal offense committed against a person,
property, or society, which is motivated, in whole or in part,
by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability,
sexual orientation, or ethnicity or national origin."
having information on hate crimes should report them to Terrell
Jones at (814) 863-7739 or
to University Police at any Penn State campus - at University
Park, the number is (814) 863-1111 -- or to Crime Stoppers at