Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity plans Open House for March 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED) will sponsor its annual Open House from 12:30 to 4 p.m. March 13, in the Hintz Family Alumni Center. A presentation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. featuring Richard Santana, founder of Homeboy Goes to Harvard Productions. Richard shares his story as a third-generation gang member who went on to earn a master’s degree from Harvard University. A reception with light refreshments and an informal informational session will follow his presentation. Attendees will be able to learn about CORED’s achievements and network with colleagues who are making a positive difference with diversity at Penn State. The event is free and open to the public.

Santana is a Harvard-educated, nationally recognized speaker who was once a tough-talking Latino gangster. His journey provides a powerful and graphic illustration of cultural relevance in schools. His moving accounts of his gang-life experiences and how they shaped his beliefs, attitudes and self-expectations are inspiring, unsettling and thought-provoking. He challenges his audience to critically assess their own perceptions and helps them to recognize how these perceptions influence work relationships, effectiveness and productivity. His message is one of making choices: between hope and hopelessness, between evaluating young people based upon our own standards or accepting them in the context of their own, between giving up on our most challenged youth or truly becoming their advocates. For more on Santana, go to

The Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity was appointed in 1989 by President Bryce Jordan as a University-wide advisory body to the president of Penn State in matters relating to racial and ethnic diversity. CORED is dedicated to enhancing the University’s climate for diversity at all of its campuses in the commonwealth. CORED commits to lead and actively support University-wide diversity initiatives that foster teamwork, collaboration and communication among various racial and ethnic constituencies in order to ensure inclusion, equal opportunity and success for underrepresented/underserved communities and community members of Penn State and the surrounding areas.

For more information about CORED, visit

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Last Updated February 26, 2013