City Lights Series to hold programs in New York City and Washington, D.C.

April 15, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Didn’t get the chance to attend the Penn State Alumni Association's first two City Lights events? Don’t worry! There are still two stops remaining!  

Continuing with President Eric Barron’s “Fostering and Embracing a Diverse World” imperative, registration is still open for the remaining two programs. 

On April 23 in New York City, take a look back at 50 years of progress in the Pride Movement at the historic Stonewall Inn. 

The Stonewall uprising of June 28-29, 1969, was a galvanizing force for LGBT activism, helping lead to several gay rights organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front, Human Rights Campaign, and PFLAG (formerly Parents, Families and Friends of Gay and Lesbians).

Taking place at the namesake of the uprising, which has been a National Historic Landmark since June 2016, attendees also will get to hear from a special guest speaker who will share his memories and experiences from the nights of the uprisings.

On May 21 in Washington, D.C., attendees will get to hear from featured speakers: 

— Shaun M. Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science at Norfolk State University and a Penn State alumnus.

— Jason E. Gines, director of inclusion and diversity engagement in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State.

Anderson and Gines will compare and contrast the student experience at historically black colleges and universities to non-HBCUs. 

During his undergraduate studies at Penn State, Anderson was a four-year member of the swim team and a three-year member of the track team. He also was a member of Penn State's first swimming and diving Big Ten championship team. After attaining his bachelor of science in kinesiology from Penn State, Anderson continued his education at California State University, Long Beach, where he received his MBA in finance, and completed a doctorate in education policy and leadership at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. 

Gines obtained a doctorate in counselor education and supervision with a specialized focus in rehabilitation counseling from Penn State. He earned two master’s degrees in counselor education and divinity from Penn State and Vanderbilt University, respectively. Areas of primary research are employment and re-entry opportunities for people with disabilities and criminal histories; intersections of race, culture and technology; and diversity and inclusion leadership in organizations. 

Register today: 

New York City: “50 Years of Progress In The Pride Movement”

Washington, D.C.: “Striving Forward: Comparing the student experience at Historically Black Colleges & University to non-HBCUs”

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Last Updated April 23, 2019