Events 2017

The DCEC will hold workshops and other events to ensure greater community cohesion and more diverse programmatic content and support for all persons at Penn State.

Diversity in Teaching and Learning


DCEC Regular Meeting

We welcome all interested PSU college of education students, staff, and faculty to join us at our regular committee meetings on the third Wednesday of every month from August to December 2016. We use our meetings to plan upcoming events and ongoing programs. Each subcommittee reports on what it has done and what Meetings are held from 2:00 - 3:30. Location: CEDAR 124

For more information contact Elizabeth Smolcic <> and Isaac Bretz <

In Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 the DCEC was proud to present

2017 COE Staff Unity Day 

February 17, 2017 at the All Sports Museum

This staff ‘Unity Day’ was a college of education community building event for staff which included a tour of the PSU All Sport Museum, a showing of the video ‘We Are’, and was followed by a facilitated discussed on inclusion and diversity. It used the "We Are" video as a starting place to encourage participants to embrace the ‘We Are’ theme of PSU.

Diversity in Education Conference

Saturday, February 11

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Chambers Building 104 and 106

This was a free event open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff

Presentations covered education and counseling issues related to: LGBTQA, ELLs, Micro/Macro Aggressions, Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Students, and Co-Teaching

Bullying Among Diverse Populations: A social justice workshop

Saturday, January 28, 2017

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center - Garden Room 

This was a free event open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff

Uprooted and Rerooted: Stories of Loss, Resilience and Social Change 

This series presented films and speakers that highlight loss, struggle, and transformation of young people in diverse cultural context — Ecuador, Guatemala, and the U.S., offering both a global and cultural perspective on a changing world. The film and speakers offered the opportunity of dialogue to emphasize that we can each be who we are together, and advance the ‘All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion’ initiative.  

Vengo Volviendo (Here & There)

Film Screening and Q & A by filmmakers Isabel Rodas & Gabriel Páez
The film was written, filmed, and produced by young people in Ecuador. It highlights Ecuadorian adolescents’ contemporary concerns, including the conflicts and paradoxes arising from emigration of family members for work abroad. 

This event was held on Monday, October 24, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Foster Auditorium
Here is a link to the film website.

Immigration and Politics

The panel was be an opportunity to dialogue about current immigration policies and the likely consequences of either a Trump or Clinton immigration plan. The panel included experts on immigration law, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and Victor Romero, from Penn State Law and the Center for Immigrants’ Rights, as well as students Ramon Guzman and Stacy Justo and PSU staff member Gary Smith offered their personal lived experience as immigrants. 

This event was held on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 4:30-6:00 PM at the Foster Auditorium
Here is a Collegian article on this event.

Educating for Social Justice and the Preservation of Mayan Culture, Language and Historical Memory 

Speaker Session 

A survivor of a genocidal scotched-earth war as a child, Juana Pérez Gómez, a Maya K’ich’e indigenous woman, will describe her work as a middle-school educator emphasizing social justice, gender equality, and the importance of the preservation of the Maya K’ich’e culture and language and the historical memory of her people. 

this event was held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:00 PM at the Foster Auditorium 

It was co-sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Programs of the College of Education, Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and ICIK