Past Events

In Spring 2018 the DCEC was proud to present

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.

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

2nd Annual Staff Retreat

There were 32 College staff in attendance. Charleon Jefferies and Peggy Lorah were the facilitators of the presentations surrounding       community building and diversity awareness.

Held May 19, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the BJC Founders Lounge

Safe Zone for LGBTQ Training

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.

Held March 31, 2017, 9:00-12:00pm.

Staff Unity Day

2017 College Unity Day

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.

Held February 17, 2017, All Sports Museum

Diversity in Education Conference

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. 

Held February 11, 2017, 9:00-1:30pm, Chambers Building

Bullying Among Diverse Populations: A social justice workshop

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.  

Held on January 28, 2017, 9am-4:30pm, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Garden Room

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. 

Held on Monday October 24 in 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. 

Held on Thursday October 27 at Foster Auditorium

Here is a Collegian article on this event.

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

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. 

Held on Wednesday November 16 at Foster Auditorium

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

The College of Education Staff Retreat on Diversity and Community Enhancement

DCEC Retreat, Celebration Hall, April 15, 2016

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. Additional photos can be found on the College's Flickr site.

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