Past Events

DCEC PAST EVENTS

2018-2019 Academic Year


Coffee and Treats with DCEC 

This DCEC holds a meet and greet event for graduate students, staff, and faculty in the College of Education at least once each Fall and Spring semester. Refreshments are provided.  These community event allow for members of the College to meet other fellow members of the College, to meet the DCEC members, and learn more about the DCEC activities. 

The date for the DCEC meet and greet event for the Spring 2019. 

DCEC Fall 2018 meet and greet
DCEC Fall 2018 meet and greet event

"Schooling Narratives" film screening 

On December 10, 2018 @ 6pm in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center, Community Narratives in Focus in collaboration with the College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) will screen the film, "Schooling Narratives". The 19-minute mini-documentary features the schooling experiences of three families in the State College Area School District. Listen to students, a mother, a grandmother, and community activist discuss their struggles with racism, as well as their aspirations for the local district in educating students from diverse backgrounds. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring current and past parents of SCASD. The panel will be moderated Wideline Seraphin and Ana Carolina Díaz Beltrán. This screening is an opportunity to support families of color and play an active role in their push for educational equity in our local schools. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Wideline (wideline@psu.edu) or Ana (diazbeltran@psu.edu).

Date: 12/10/2018 (Monday)
Time: 6 pm 
Location: Heritage Hall in HUB (This is a free event open to public)

2019 Diversity in Education Conference

The Diversity in Education Conference will be held on Saturday, 1/26/2019, from 8 am to 1 pm, at Chambers Building (Rooms: 101, 104, & 106). 

The Diversity in Education Conference is a FREE event designed as a forum for discussion and learning about working with the diverse populations of students. This year, the conference will include discussions on issues related to: Students with Exceptionalities, Gender Issues & LGBTQA, Students Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Schools, Social Justice in Education, English Language Learners, Immigration\Migration Issues in Schools 

Date: 1/26/2019
Time: 8 am- 1 pm
Location: Chambers Building (Room 101, 104, 106)

REGISTER HERE: 
Panelist Submission: https://goo.gl/forms/q6I8DlcYMyKixR0h1 
Attendee Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/2NW69EzX97Ipmc7t1 

Hot Topics: Taking Steps toward Facilitating Difficult Conversations 

Have you thought about having difficult conversations with your students or colleagues but didn’t know how to? Join us for this informative and empowering event! The College of Education’s Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) invites staff, students, and faculty members to attend this FREE panel event to learn strategies of facilitating difficult conversations on diverse issues. Please contact Patty Liu (pul131@psu.edu) if you have any questions. 

Date: February 22nd (Friday) 
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: 108 Chambers Building 

BEYOND THE WALL: SONGS OF SOLIDARITY FOR TROUBLED TIMES

The College of Education’s Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) invites staff, students, and faculty members to attend this FREE music event by LOS TIKIS to promote diversity and social justice. Please contact John (jdh91@psu.edu) if you have any questions for the event. 
 
Date: February 22nd (Friday) 
Time: 6-7 p.m. 
Location: 112 Kern Building 

Bullying Among Diverse Populations Spring 2019 Workshop

Today, the news cycle is filled with events documenting racism, various acts of hate, bullying, and harassment. These larger events are usually easy to identify and label as an act of hate, however smaller acts  occur on a daily basis in community settings including schools, college campuses, employment settings, and the community at large and are typically more difficult to recognize.  

In this workshop, participants will learn about the prevalence and impact of bias based bullying, as well as how to begin the journey of identifying and recognizing their own prejudices, biases, and privileges. Additionally, participants will learn methods to address bias bullying as an active bystander, a colleague, a friend, and most of all, an educator.    

Bullying Among Diverse Populations 2019 Workshop 

Date: March 15th (Friday)
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Location: Nittany Lion Inn (Assembly Room)
(Breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Please use the following link to register: https://goo.gl/eWJ1xM

(Please register by 3/10/2019). Please contact Patty Liu (pul131@psu.edu) if you have any questions for this workshop. 

Other Events: 

Processing Research Through Art: The No-No Boy Experience
Monday, November 12, 1:00 to 2:30p p.m.
With an emphasis on arts-based research, Saporiti and Aoyama will discuss the ways in which they use music to process their research and family legacies through the multimedia concert No-No Boy. They will break down a few of their pieces, illustrating the process of turning research into songwriting, and how this method affects teaching.
This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required: 
https://nonoboy-experience.eventbrite.com

No-No Boy: A Multimedia Concert
Monday, November 12, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow Ph.D. student whose family was incarcerated at one of the ten Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness. Using music to process their research and family legacies, Saporiti and Aoyama work to illuminate an understudied past and, in doing so, generate conversations about the present. Read more about No-No Boy at https://www.nonoboyproject.com/

Exploring Identity Through Art and Research
Tuesday, November 13, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Saporiti and Aoyama use music to process their research and family legacies through the multimedia concert No-No Boy. In this workshop, they will discuss their processes and lead activities prompting participants to consider their own identities, how those identities may be informed and conveyed through arts-based and other forms of research, and the potential for such exploration to transform education and curriculum development.
This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required:
https://exploring-identity.eventbrite.com


2017-2018 Academic Year 

The College of Education’s 2018 Staff Retreat 

2018 retreat

The College of Education’s 2018 Staff Retreat was held on May 18, 2018 at the Bryce Jordan Center Founder’s Lounge.  The annual Retreat was sponsored by the College’s Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC).  The facilitator of this year’s Retreat was Shaver’s Creek Team Development Center.  Attendees enjoyed a day filled with community and team-building activities highlighting focus on the Native American Medicine Wheel.  The attendees self-identified to either their East, West, North, or South dominant personality trait from the Wheel and then how to work best with others from different directions on the Wheel.

Safe Zone 101 training for faculty, staff, and graduate students in College of Ed

This event was help on April 30th, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Chambers Building. As part of PSU's mission of establishing a culturally diverse and mutually supportive environment, the DCEC hosted a 2 hour Safe Zone training for the College of Education faculty, staff, and graduate students. The Safe Zone program is a campus wide initiative designed to raise visibility about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) population. Participants of the Safe Zone training developed awareness of LGBTQ issues and learned how to support LGBTQ students and help students find campus or local resources. Individuals who complete this training can choose to display a Safe Zone sticker in their work environment and will be included in a campus directory of individuals who have completed the training. 

Working with International Students Workshop:  Inclusive Strategies & Resources (for faculty/staff/graduate students)

This event was help on April 23rd, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chambers Building. This workshop allowed participants to share ideas, learn new strategies for one-on-one and classroom interaction, and become familiar with a range of support resources on campus for international students.  Co-sponsored by EPPIC and Paterno/Pattee Libraries.


Ice Cream Social for Staff, Faculty, and Graduate students

The DCEC meet and great event was help on April 23rd, 2018, from 11:00am - 1:00pm at the Multicultural Studies Office. 

DCEC ice cream social

Stand for State: Bystander Intervention Training on Bias and Discrimination (for faculty/staff/graduate students)

Bystander Intervention workshop

This event was held on March 30th, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Chambers Building. Participants worked together to define bias, prejudice, and discrimination, and had opportunities to practice intervening in a variety of scenarios. Dr. Seria Chatters from Counseling Education and Betsy VanNoy from Stand for State facilitated the workshop.

Raising Readers Multicultural/Multilingual Book Drive

This event was held in March 2018 in the Chambers building. We collected 136 books for children 5 years and younger with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.  Books were distributed to families who need them in Centre County. For examples, visit Bonnie’s gift list at:  https://goo.gl/tmua1w 

2018 Diversity in Education Conference: Teaching & Learning Through Diversity

2018 Diversity in Education conference

This event was held on February 10th, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Chambers Building. JT Taylor and the Penn State Student Council for Exceptional Children were instrumental in organizing this event which was attended by over 60 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. This conference is designed to provide a forum for discussion and learning about working with diverse populations of students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. 

Bullying Among Diverse Populations Spring 2018 Workshop

This workshop was held on January 27th, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn. Seria Chatters and Carlos Zalaqett facilitated this workshop. A total of 55 undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and community members attended the workshop.  

Morning Donuts and Coffee Outreach

The DCEC meet and greet event was held on a cold December morning that provided coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts to graduate students, staff, and faculty members in the College of Education. The information about the DCEC was distributed and discussed during the event. This DCEC meet and greet event was facilitated by Linda Oishi and others.

Los Tikis Perform 100 Years of Violeta Parra: Live Music and Presentation on Violeta Parra 

This event was facilitated by Maria Alicia and was held on December 1st, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Kern Building. Over 150 people joined Penn State's own Latin American Folk Music Group Los Tikis in celebrating the life and music of this important folklorist and social activist. 

Stand for State: Bystander Intervention Training on Sexual and Relationship Violence

This event was held on November 10th, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kraus Innovation Studio and was facilitated by Betsy VanNoy, the program director of Ctr for Character, Conscience and Public Purpose. Stand for State is Penn State’s bystander intervention program focusing on sexual and relationship violence, mental health concerns, acts of bias, and risky drinking and drug use.  

Bullying Among Diverse Populations Fall 2017 Workshop

The workshop was held on September 22nd, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nittany Lion Inn. This event was facilitated by Dr. Seria Chatters and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett. There were over 70 attendees. Today, the news cycle is filled with events documenting racism, various acts of hate, bullying, and harassment. Charlottesville was a recent event; however, acts of hate have increased across the country. These larger events are usually easy to identify and label as an act of hate. However, smaller acts occur on a daily basis in community settings including schools, college campuses, employment settings, and the community at large and are typically more difficult to recognize. In this workshop, participants will learn about the prevalence and impact of bias based bullying and how to begin the journey of identifying and recognizing their own bias. Additionally, participants will learn methods to address bias bullying as an active bystander, a colleague, a friend, and most of all, an educator. Sign up by clicking on the link below. 

2016-2017 Academic Year

2nd Annual Staff Retreat 

The 2nd annual staff retreat was help on May 19th, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. –4:00 p.m. at the BJC Founders Lounge. There were 32 College staff in attendance. Charleon Jefferies and Peggy Lorah were the facilitators of the presentations surrounding community building and diversity awareness.

*Safe Zone for LGBTQ Training

The Safe Zone for LGBTQ training was held on March 31st, 2017, from 9:00-12:00 p.m. The Safe Zone program (offered by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center) is a campus wide initiative designed to raise visibility about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) population. The training was offered for staff and faculty of the College of Education and attracted 19 attendees.

*Staff Unity Day 

2017 College Unity Day

This event was held on 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 chronicling the creation of the iconic ‘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. The event was attended by 33 staff and was enjoyed by all.

*Diversity in Education Conference

The Diversity in Education 2017 Conference was held on February 11, 2017, 9:00-1:30 p.m., at the Chambers Building. Dr. J. T. Taylor guided the organization of this conference which was student-initiated and organized by the student members of the Penn State Student Council for Exceptional Children. Sessions were offered by graduate students and faculty of the College of Education and the conference was attended by over 100 undergraduate students. 

*Bullying Among Diverse Populations: A social justice workshop

The 2017 Bullying Among Diverse Populations Workshop was help on January 28, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Dr. Seria Chatters and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett led this full-day workshop for undergraduate students and staff on bias-based bullying with the collaboration of faculty and graduate students from Counseling Education.  

*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. This event was held on October 24th, 2016, at the Foster Auditorium. 
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. Here is a link to the film website.

*Immigration and Politics

This event was held on Thursday October 27th, 2016, at the Foster Auditorium. 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. Please see the Collegian article for more information on this event. 

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

This event was held on November 16th, 2016, at the Foster Auditorium. 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. 

2008-2016 Past Events  

2015-2016 Academic Year
During the 2015-2016 academic year, DCEC presented the following events:

*The College of Education Staff Retreat on Diversity and Community Enhancement (April 15, 2016)
*Bullying Among Diverse Populations Workshop (March 26, 2016)
*Tested Screening and talk with filmmaker Curtis Chin (March 24, 2016)

2013-2015 Theme: Diversity in Teaching and Learning
DCEC held a series of interactive diversity education workshops. These workshops were given in response to a faculty survey on diversity conducted by the DCEC during the 2012-2013 academic year. The results of that survey indicated faculty's desire to better understand how to facilitate and mediate classroom conversations pertaining to underrepresented perspectives, experiences, and minority identities. We extended this opportunity to graduate teaching assistants who share similar concerns. Three of the four workshops were facilitated by Dr. Reginald Nettles, a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist who specializes in diversity awareness and inclusion in workplaces. One workshop, co-sponsored with the Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Student Association (CIGSA), was facilitated by Dr. William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (now retired). 

*First Workshop: November 7, 2014
*Second Workshop: February 13, 2015
*Third Workshop: March 20, 2015
*Fourth Workshop, April 10, 2015 

2012-2013 Theme: Exploring Linguistic Diversity
During this academic year, DCEC organized a series of events to offer some insights and learning opportunities concerning our role as educators in working with multilingual and multicultural students and students using visual languages. DCEC provided the following events:

*Event #1 - Life with Two Languages: At Home, at School & in our Communities (Feb.13, 2013)
*Event #2 - Preparing ALL Teachers to Educate ELLs/Bilingual Learners (Feb. 21, 2013)
*Event #3 - Creating safe spaces for linguistically diverse students in US schools: A workshop for the university and community (April 3, 2013)
*Event #4 - ASL/ Visual Languages Multimedia Display (March 19 and 20, 2013)

2011-2012 Theme: Disability as Diversity 
The key goals of the “Disability as Diversity” theme were to examine and provoke discussion about the values and assumptions involved in the various explanatory models of disability (e.g., medical, social, cultural, and historical); to promote an understanding of disability is a natural part of human diversity that expands and enriches all our lifeworlds; questioning the illusion of the perfected body/mind: and arguing that a just and inclusive society must provide for the full and equal social participation of all individuals, regardless of their place in the continuum of abilities and disabilities. DCEC provided the following events in this academic year: 

*Wretches & Jabberers (April 24, 2012)
*Dr. Douglas Biklen Talk: "Abandoning Intellectual Disability: The Case for Presuming Competence" (April 5, 2012)
*Diversity Town Hall For COE Faculty (May 3, 2012)
*Diversity Town Hall For COE Graduate Students (November 4, 2011)
*Disability as a Diversity Resource Table (October 20, 2011)

2010-2011 Theme: Connection
During the 2010-2011 academic year, the DCEC provided following events:

*Diverse Approaches to Diversity: A DCEC Forum on Research, Teaching & Service (April, 2011)
*Creating Safe Environments for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools (November, 16, 2010)
*DCEC Connections Workshop (October 5, 2010)

2009-2010 Theme: American Indian Issues in Education, Celebrating 40 Years of the American Indian Leadership Program at Penn State
During the 2009-2010 academic year, DCEC has provided the following events: 

*Staff Trip to Carlisle Indian Industrial School (May 2010)
*American Indians in Children's Literature: Pitfalls and Possibilities (Dr. Debbie Reese, April 23, 2010)
*Theater as Pedagogy: A Workshop by Teatro Chicana (March 24, 2010)
*Resources Table for American Indian Issues in Education (December 7, 2009)
*Listening to the Voices of Immigrant Parents in Early Childhood Education (Dr. Joseph Tobin, December 9, 2009)

2008-2009 Theme: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues in Education
In February 2009, the DCEC brought Bank Street educator and gay writer/activist Jonathan Silin to the College of Education. Dr. Silin is a skilled facilitator of discussions about LGBT issues for diverse audiences. He hosted two events during his time here, including a panel discussion that brought together two State College teachers, a preschool direct, a lesbian parent of school-aged children and a gay college student who had attended State College schools, for a discussion of LGBT issues in K-12 education. Dr. Silin also hosted a lunch event for further discussion of these issues.

If you are interested in learning more about the past annual themes, please go to the following links. 
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