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Board Of Trustees To Hold Student Town Hall On Diversity And Inclusion

Penn State’s student governments have joined forces to host a town hall with the Board of Trustees to offer an opportunity for students to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Penn State. The panel discussion will take place next Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hintz Alumni Hall.

The panel will consist of six of Penn State’s Trustees — Valerie Detwiler, David Han, Pedro Rivera, Matthew Schuyler, Bill Oldsey, and student trustee Allie Goldstein — who will discuss both their personal and professional experience with diversity and inclusion. The panel will also touch on how diversity and inclusion as it relates to Penn State and what students can do to promote it themselves.

UPUA President Terry Ford will moderate the discussion, as the student governments have been actively pursuing the opportunity to host a town hall with the Board of Trustees. GPSA President Kevin Horne (also an Onward State editor) and CCSG President Pavel Shusharin will introduce the trustees and discuss Penn State’s All In Campaign.

“There is a benefit in knowing that both student government and the Board of Trustees are committed to having a discussion about diversity and inclusion and being honest about a very important topic,” Ford said in a press release. “I think the conversation can really be a motivating factor for us to continue working toward these goals.”

All students are invited and encouraged to attend and ask questions. Attendees will be able to directly ask questions to the trustees during the panel and those watching on the live stream will be able to use a chat box. The town hall discussion is a great opportunity not only for students to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Penn State — especially in the midst of the All In Campaign — but also a chance to interact with the Board members who make decisions regarding their education and experience at the university.

Students attending should bring their Penn State ID and are invited to a reception with the trustees and student government members immediately following the town hall. Hopefully this one doesn’t get snowed out.

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Lexi Shimkonis

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