Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Pennsylvania State University
Tier2-2: Employee Training Opportunities

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Lydia Vandenbergh
Assoc. Dir. Employee Engagement & Education
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all employees?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The Affirmative Action Office Diversity Educational Services in conjunction with the Human Resources Development Center offers several standing diversity trainings available to Penn State faculty and staff at no cost.
• Understanding and Valuing Diversity
• Wait, There’s More: Diversity 2
• Wisdom of the Ages
• Beyond Sexual harassment
• Sexual Harassment: Awareness and Prevention
• Gender Identity: What’s It all About
• Sexual Orientation in the Workplace
• Race, Reality, and Responsibility
• Global Diversity: Awareness and Acceptance
• Racial identity
• Power and Privilege
• Freedom of Speech: Rights and Duties
• Being a Minority on a Majority Campus

See the following for more information: HRDC Diversity Programs http://www.ohr.psu.edu/hrdc/home.cfm and http://www.psu.edu/dept/aaoffice/dsec.htm

The Diversity Education Services is an educational and support system within the Affirmative Action Office which provides programming services for all of the colleges, campuses, departments and units within the Penn State System; promotes the development of multicultural understanding and cross cultural competence; develops and delivers a wide range of educational programming for faculty, staff and students, designed to promote understanding and support for diversity throughout the University; serves as a forum for staff and supervisors to discuss conflict and helps them deal with problems when they occur; provides assistance to managers, supervisors, and faculty on managing diversity issues; focuses on understanding diversity among people with respect to ethnicity, age, disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other human differences. See the following for more information: Affirmative Action Office, Diversity Education Services http://www.psu.edu/dept/aaoffice/dsec.htm

Workshops are held periodically to enhance the knowledge and skills of administrators, faculty, and staff who are centrally involved in their unit's diversity strategic planning efforts. Workshops have now been held in fall 2005, and spring of 2006, 2008, and 2009. Information and notes from each workshop are available on-line. See the following for more information: Best Practices in Diversity Strategic Planning Workshops: http://www.equity.psu.edu/workshop/index.html

The LGBT Support Network identifies supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves. Members displaying the Network placard are provided with extensive resources and informational materials as training.
See the following for more information: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Support Network: http://www.sa.psu.edu/lgbt/network/index.htm

Zero Tolerance for Hate, Penn State Support Network: (http://equity.psu.edu/Zero/index.html) The Zero Tolerance for Hate Penn State Support Network was started in 2001 to promote a community of mutual support and acceptance. The network is a group of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members committed to upholding Penn State’s policy prohibiting discrimination and harassment. (Penn State Policy AD-42). The Support Network’s purpose is to provide support and resources to students who have experienced acts of intolerance. Network members are provided with extensive resources and informational materials as training.See the following for more information: Zero Tolerance for Hate, Penn State Support Network: (http://equity.psu.edu/Zero/index.html)

New Faculty Orientation Information about diversity, diversity strategic planning, and resources for diversity are shared and discussed during the annual orientation held for all new faculty members.

New Staff Orientation Information about diversity and resources are provided during the New Staff Orientation sessions, which are required of all new staff members coming into Penn State.


The website URL where information about the trainings and activities are available:

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