Current Events

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 in 2018-2019 Academic Year 

The Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee will hold regular monthly meetings during the academic year to discuss issues and activities supporting our Goals, Mission, and the University and College's Strategic Plans. We welcome all interested PSU College of Education students, staff, and faculty members 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. 

DCEC holds monthly meeting to discuss and plan events regarding to diversity and social justice.

Meeting dates for the Spring 2019 semester: January 10th, February 7th, March 14th, and April 11th
Meeting time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Meeting location: TBA

If you have any questions regarding to the DCEC monthly meetings, or if you are interested in being on the DCEC listserv, please contact DCEC Graduate Assistant Patty Liu at .

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

Upcoming DCEC Events: 

"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 DíaBeltrán. 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 ( or Ana (

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 in January 2019. More information about the event will be posted soon.

*Bullying Among Diverse Populations Spring 2019 Workshop

The Bullying Among Diverse Populations Workshop will be held on March 15th, 2019. More information about the workshop will be posted soon.

Others 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:

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

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: