Events 2017-18

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 Information

We welcome all interested PSU College of Education students, staff, and faculty to join us at our regular monthly committee meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters. We use our meetings to plan upcoming events and ongoing programs.

The meeting dates for the Fall 2018 semester are September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, and December 6thfrom 2:00-4:00 in room 124 CEDAR Building.

For more information contact a member of the DCEC.

Upcoming 2017-18 Events

Annual College of Education Staff Retreat

Friday, May 18, 2018, Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm  |  Location: BJC Founders Lounge. Team-building activities.  Exclusively for College Education staff.  Contact: Samantha Walker  |

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

Monday, April 30, 2018 10:00am - 12:00 pm | Location: 106 Chambers, As part of PSU's mission of establishing a culturally diverse and mutually supportive environment, the DCEC is hosting 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 will develop awareness of LGBTQ issues and be comfortable supporting 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. Reservations are limited to 20 for this hosted training; however, if you would like to participate in the training on a different day and location, please find more information on the Safe Zone program website: Plus, after completing Safe Zone 101, other trainings are available through the LGBTQA Student Resource Center, including Safe Zone 102 (which moves from theory to practice), Safe Zone Transgender focus, and Safe Zone Intersectionality focus. A SignUp Genius link will be distributed via email to College of Education members who can participate in this training.

In Spring 2018 the DCEC was proud to present

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

Monday, April 23, 2018  1:00pm – 4:00pm | Location:  221 Chambers Building, Krause Learning Space. 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

Monday, April 23, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm | Location: Multicultural Studies Office

DCEC ice cream social

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

Friday, March 30, 2018 9:00am - Noon | Location: 221 Chambers, Krause Leaning Space. Bystander Intervention workshop

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

Month of March, 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: 

2018 Diversity in Education Conference: Teaching & Learning Through Diversity

2018 Diversity in Education conference

Held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:30am - 1:00pm in Chambers Building - Rooms 101, 104, & 106. 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: A Justice Education Workshop

Held on Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn. Seria Chatters and Carlos Zalaqett facilitated. This event was attended by 55 undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and community members. 

In Fall 2017 the DCEC was proud to present

Morning Donuts and Coffee Outreach

Held on a cold December morning. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and information about the DCEC was distributed to grateful college of education students, faculty, and staff. 

This event was facilitated by Linda Oishi and others.

Los Tikis Perform 100 Years of Violeta Parra: Live Music and Presentation on Violeta Parra (for everyone)

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. 

This event was facilitated by Maria Alicia.

Held Friday, December 1, 5:00pm - 6:00pm in 112 Kern 

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

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.  

This event was facilitated by Betsy VanNoy program director of Ctr for Character, Conscience and Public Purpose

Held Friday, November 10, 2017, 9:00am - Noon, in 221 Kraus Innovation Studio

Bullying Among Diverse Populations: A justice education workshop

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. 

This event was facilitated by Dr. Seria Chatters and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett. There were over 70 attendees. 

Held on Friday, September 22, 2017, 9am - 4 pm in the Nittany Lion Inn