Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity to host lecture, celebrate 25 years

February 09, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED) will host its spring symposium and 25-year anniversary celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

Free registration is open to members of the Penn State community until Tuesday, Feb. 17 at

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, will give the keynote address “Identity Matters, But Not How You Think It Does: How Stereotypes Affect Where We Live, Learn And Play.” The symposium will also include a question-and-answer session and panel of Penn State students sharing first-hand experiences. From noon to 1 p.m., CORED will celebrate its 25th anniversary with light refreshments and cake.

In addition, a student discussion hour will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, on “Student Perspectives on Stereotype Threat and Social Identity at Penn State.” 

For those who cannot attend, the symposium will be available via Adobe Connect. Connection information will be made available to registrants from campuses.

The spring symposium is co-sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Symposium information is available at

Last Updated February 10, 2015