Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity spring symposium set for March 4

February 04, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED) will host a combined spring symposium and open house titled, “The Potential of Diversity in the Classroom and Beyond: Encouraging Discussion and Eliminating Unspoken Barriers,” co-sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and the Eberly College of Science. 

The event will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Lunch will be provided. Registration is open, at no cost, to members of the Penn State community. Register here by Tuesday, Feb. 25.

John F. Dovidio, Carl Iver Hovland Professor of Psychology at Yale University, will give the keynote address: “The Challenges and Promise of Diversity: Realizing its Potential.” Three breakout sessions will address: strategies for fostering diversity at a university-wide level, teaching strategies that remove barriers to learning in the classrooms and personal strategies to empower students from underrepresented groups.   Finally, participants will come together in the afternoon to hear first-hand experiences from a panel of Penn State students.

For those who cannot attend in person, the symposium will be available via Adobe Connect. More information will be available online at

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