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Minority programs at Penn
Penn State offers
a number of academic, co-curricular and social programs to foster
diverstiy through the Office of Educational Equity, on the Web
and the Office of Student Affairs, on the Web at http://www.sa.psu.edu/.
Below are a few programs of special interest.
FOSTER DIVERSITY: Key to Penn State's diversity efforts
is "The Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State 1998-2003,"which
describes the University's efforts to promote diversity as
an essential ingredient for its future. The Framework to Foster
Diversity was included as an appendix in the 1999 Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania's Office for Civil Rights Report as an example
of a strategic plan for Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
For a copy, go to: http://www.lions.psu.edu/diversity/update/Framework.html
PROGRAMS: Penn State's Academic Advancement Programs got
a huge boost this fall with the competitive awarding of new
grants from the U.S. Department of Education of four of its
TRIO programs to the tune of more than $5.2 million. Awarded
were the College Assistance Migrant Program, the McNair Post-Baccalaureate
Achievement Program Upward Bound and the Regional Upward Bound
Math and Science Center programs. Two other TRIO programs
at Penn State, Talent Search for students in grades six through
12 and the Student Support Services program for college students,
were awarded grants in 1997. These programs help students
overcome cultural, economic and academic barriers to success.
HELP STUDENTS ADJUST TO COLLEGE LIFE: The "Fast Start"
program helps incoming freshmen adjust to the University environment.
Freshmen are linked with faculty, staff and administrators
throughout the University and with alumni who provides additional
mentoring that focuses on career exploration. This linkage
offers a worthwhile sounding board for the new students while
also sensitizing the faculty and staff to the needs of students.
Whe the majority of students served are African American,
the program is open to all students. For more information,
check the Web at http://www.alumni.psu.edu/faststart/
HOW TO SUCCEED
ON A MAJORITY CAMPUS: A Guide for Minority Students,"
by Penn State professionals working in minority student recruitment
and retention, is the first book of its kind and has been
described as a must-read for minority students and their parents
attending or considering
a majority campus. The college experience for a minority student
on a majority campus can be frustrating, difficult, and sometimes
even painful. But those who persist and graduate, overwhelmingly
say that they would make the same decision if they had to
do it over again.
RESOURCE CENTER provides professional counseling and educational
services for African/Black American, Latino/Hispanic American,
Asian & Pacific American, and American Indian/Alaskan
Native undergraduate students. Its staff is dedicated to helping
students succeed and graduate from Penn State. It helps students
with: University policies, procedures and regulations; study
skills, time management and test-taking strategies; obtaining
free tutorial assistance; interpersonal relationships with
peers and family, conflict resolution and other personal matters;
careers, internships, graduate and professional school, education
abroad and job opportunities; assistance with questions on
financial aid, scholarships and money management; and educational
programming, including study groups and seminars. For more
information, go to http://www.lions.psu.edu/mrc/
on the Web.
CULTURAL CENTER functions as a forum for the cultural,
educational and social involvement of all students at Penn
State. The Cultural Center provides opportunities for students
to develop understanding, skills, attitudes and values essential
for success in life. It sponsors films, Kwanzaa celebrations
and Black History Month activities as well as a variety of
exhibits, displays, speakers and field trips to museums. In
its new headquarters in the Hub-Robson Center, students find
it a good place to study and meet friends. For more information,
go to http://www.sa.psu.edu/prcc/default.html
is a recent initiative to address the need to improve support
for student initiatives and create a forum for student leader
feedback to administrators. Student leaders of umbrella organizations
representing African American, Latino, Asian American, Native
American and International students meet monthly with the
Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the directors of the
Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the Multicultural Resource Center
and other key officials.
PROGRAMS: Project Growth is a group of undergraduate students
from a kaleidoscope of beliefs and backgrounds who have committed
themselves to work for increased campus awareness of diversity.
Members seek to educate, advocate, and increase the visibility
of cultural issues throughout the Penn State community.
INITIATIVES that contribute to promoting a positive climate
for diversity include the Ebony and Ivory Program, co-sponsored
annually by a predominantly black and a predominantly white
social fraternity and Project Growth. These programs are designed
to heighten awareness of diversity issues and to facilitate
PROVIDES significant support for student organizations
that enhance the co-curricular experiences of minority students
such as the Black Caucus and the Minority Roundtable or successor
SCHOOL STUDENTS TO REACH FOR COLLEGE: Penn State works
cooperatively in partnerships with school districts in the
cities of Reading, Pittsburgh, Erie and Philadelphia to help
minority middle school children aspire to higher education.
THE PENN STATE
EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM -- PEPP -- which reaches
out to economically and or educationally disadvantaged middle
school students through their city school districts with academic
and college preparatory programs. Programs in McKeesport and
Erie are especially strong.
HAS community recruitment centers in Harrisburg, Philadelphia
and Pittsburgh. These centers provide a visible presence in
locales with large populations of African American students
and strengthen recruitment efforts.
WITH PREDOMINANTLY BLACK COLLEGES: Penn State includes
students from Cheyney University in its ite Summer Research
Opportunities Program with the intention of increasing the
number of Cheyney students participating in future summer
programs, and Penn State Colleges participate in Cheyney's
annual career fair program. This year we will have direct
graduate program linkages with Cheyney in hotel, restaurant
and institutional management; computer science; and geographic
information systems. In addition, the McNair Scholarship Program
includes students from Virginia State University.
PROMOTES SENSITIVITY TO DIVERSITY: A four-part video series
that examines racism, sexism, gender issues and sexual orientation
on college campuses was created as training tools for faculty
and staff to provoke further group discussion and thought.
They were produced by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational
Equity, the Affirmative Action Office and WPSX-TV Programs
in the series include: "OUTlook;" "Diversity Issues in the
Classroom;" "Diversity Issues in Higher Education;" and "Sexual
Harassment: A New Look at an Old Problem."
RACIAL AND ETHENIC DIVERSITY: This is a committee of faculty
and staff that reports directly to the president on efforts
to improve the climate for minority students, faculty and
staff. Last year, CORED co-sponsored such events as a SALSA
evening of dancing with the Puerto Rican Student Association,
a HUB late Night event, and worked with the State College
Downtown Business Association on the treatment of minority
students as they shop in State College Stores. It also promotes
and implements the Framework to Foster Diversity programs,
combats hate group influences and presented a one-day diversity
conference to inspire an open dialogue Fostering Diversity:
From the Talk to the Walk -- with more than 400 university
employees attending. For more information, go to http://www.psu.edu/dept/cored/
on the Web.
THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
PLANNING COMMITTEE is responsible for recommending and
overseeing the allocation of special institutional funding
to individual units at all Penn State Campuses for new and
continuing equal opportunity programs and activities. This
summer EOPC help fund 30 programs for minority students including
an African American Read In, an orientation program for graduate
students in English, and an enrichment program in the College
and Mineral Sciences. It also provides seed funding for a
number of new academic year programs each year that show promise
of having a beneficial impact on the multicultural community.
Some of those programs this year include an academic computing
fellowship program, a diversity lecture series and Success
101, A Road Map for the Successful Student.
MULTICULTURAL UPDATE is online at http://www.lions.psu.edu/diversity/update/
It highlights a number of programs in place to improve the climate
and diversity of faculty, staff and students at the University.