Past Annual Themes

In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 the DCEC was proud to present:

The College of Education Staff Retreat on Diversity and Community Enhancement

The Staff Subcommittee of the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) invited all College of Education staff to a daylong retreat on April 15, 2016. This retreat was an opportunity for College of Education staff to develop professional connections with one another while learning about how we can become a more diverse and welcoming community. Charleon Jeffries, Coordinator of Diversity Education Services, led staff through a series of fun and engaging activities designed to build community and awareness of inclusion.

Bullying Among Diverse Populations

Penn State College of Education faculty members Carlos Zalaquett, left, and SeriaShia J. Chatters led a workshop on Bullying Among Diverse Populations on Saturday, March 26. Students attending the workshop were able to gain a better understanding of bias-based bullying including bullying of individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, weight and sexual orientation, as well as how to become an active witness and respond to situations involving bias-based bullying.

Dr. Seria Chatters and Carlos Zalaquett facilitating with students and faculty

This event was held on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Nittany Lion Inn.

Today, many of us have heard the news stories about bullying and how it impacts children in K-12 settings, college students, and employees in the workplace. However, many of us are not aware of relationship between bullying, prejudice, and discrimination, or the phenomenon better known as, bias-based bullying. Traditional anti bullying programs often overlook this prevalent form of bullying that can cause long term social, emotional, and psychological damage. In this workshop, participants learned about the prevalence and impact of bullying and bias based bullying, and methods to address bias bullying as an active bystander and as an educator. It was facilitated by Dr. Seria Chatters and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett. Dr. Seria Chatters at with any questions. Participants were also treated to a light breakfast and full lunch. The event was free to college of education students, faculty, and staff. 

Tested Screening and talk with filmmaker Curtis Chin

This event was held on Thursday, March 24, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm in the Foster Auditorium. 

This documentary follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of New York City's schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. Tested includes the voices of such education experts as pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. Following the screening, filmmaker Curtis Chin facilitated conversations about documentary creation as well as issues of race, gender, and class related to the educational context presented in the film. Light refreshments were also provided. This event was free and open to all. 

Film Website

Interview with Curtis Chin

Regular committee meetings were held on the third Wednesday of every month in 

Chambers 228 C from 2:00 - 3:30

Meetings were held on February 17, March 16, and April 20. Subcommittees also met throughout the semester to work on various projects and events related to their purpose. 

Past Annual Themes

2013-2015 - Diversity in Education 

2012-13 - Exploring Linguistic Diversity

2011-12 - Disability as Diversity

2010-11 - Connections

2009-10 - American Indian Issues in Education

2008-09 - LGBTQ Issues in Education