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Penn State To Host Racial Equity Roundtable September 8

Penn State leaders, faculty members, staff, and students of color will host yet another roundtable discussion this week to discuss racial equity and social justice at the university.

The discussion, titled “Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change,” will highlight speakers’ experiences “within a predominately white university setting.”

The discussion will feature a number of notable panelists, including:

  • James Franklin, Penn State Football head coach
  • Nya Holland, University Park undergraduate student and Black Caucus president
  • Carmen Hernandez, Penn State Berks undergraduate student
  • Carlos Norman, University Park undergraduate student
  • Jose Soto, associate professor of psychology
  • Tracy Peterson, director of student transitions and pre-college programs in the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion
  • Alina Wong, assistant vice provost for Educational Equity
  • Brandon Short, Penn State Board of Trustees member

The discussion will be livestreamed from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, the university’s Division for Development and Alumni Relations, and WPSU Radio.

“We are witnessing a historical moment in which many people from many walks of life, both across our nation and the world, are expressing their frustration and speaking out against systemic racism,” Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost for Educational Equity, said. “While Penn State as an institution of higher education continues our ongoing efforts to foster greater diversity, equity and inclusion, it is imperative to provide our community a chance to engage in dialogue, to listen and to learn about the experiences of friends and colleagues of color during these challenging times, so that we can each take an active role in creating a more equitable and inclusive Penn State.”

Penn State’s “Toward Racial Equity” series will conclude in November with another discussion that focuses on the experiences of people of color in the current political climate.

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