The Committee shall be a body that reviews the annual progress of the College’s strategic initiatives towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, within each unit: with the goal being to promote a positive climate within the college that is welcoming to all regardless of age, mental or physical ability, mental or physical ability, socio-economic status, race or ethnicity, country of origin, belief and perspectives, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual preference, among others.
The committee as a whole may act as a resource to all units and persons within the college and may provide guidance of diversity-related matters (i.e., public events, curriculum development, recruitment and retention practices, etc.)
The committee shall keep current regarding effective practices surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Assistant/ Associate Dean for Access and Equity as a non-voting member
One (1) faculty representative from each academic unit within the College according to procedures established by the faculty of each academic unit
One (1) representative from the Center for Performing Arts
One (1) representative from The Palmer Museum of Art
The College’s Multicultural Coordinator as a non-voting member
The Chair of the Faculty Council or the Chair’s representative as a non-voting member
The appointment of members will be overseen by the Chair of the Faculty
Council in consultation with the Dean.
The term of appointment shall be two (2) years.
Terms of office shall be staggered.
The Chair shall be elected annually by the members of the committee.
Open letters from the ED&I Committee
As is the case every fall, we’re all settling into our respective Penn State grooves. We’re making things and sharing them. We’re getting to know each other in classrooms, committees, meetings, and informal interactions. We’re meeting old and new friends and sharing our commitments to creativity and craft. In short, we’re making community.
The decision made by the Supreme Court that struck down Affirmative Action will have a significant impact on what our community will look like in the years to come, threatening to decrease social and economic diversity on the campus and in the College, skewing admissions to the extremes. For the College, this means fewer voices to express empathy and inclusive communities in the arts. It is difficult to imagine how we can live up to the motto “we are” if we cannot acknowledge our different backgrounds and experiences in our state, nationally, and internationally.
The Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) calls on everyone in the College to reflect on how our different experiences shape new perspectives for emerging landscapes. The ways we see, hear, and occupy our communities are beholden to the experiences we bring to Penn State. Our ability to listen to and learn from diverse voices is central to how we express our craft, including art, design, music, and performance.
This year, the College Committee for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion will host a series of open discussions titled “Breaking Bread and Barriers.” Students, faculty, staff, and administrators alike. Join us to talk about issues that are important to you, share ideas, and develop approaches to make an inclusive and equitable environment that spans the entire College.
Join us for the first of several gatherings hosted by ED&I representatives in the Stuckeman Jury space on October 13, (12:00 –1:30). Our discussion will focus on curriculum.
In the meantime, here are some resources provided by the Office of Access & Equity to understand the SCOTUS ruling and various responses to it.
Looking forward to seeing you,
Marc Miller, Landscape Architecture Co-Chair, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee