June 17, 2010
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
SRU expands diversity offerings with grants
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will offer new diversity initiatives this fall after receiving $3,100 and $1,899 grants from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Frederick Douglass Institute headquartered at West Chester University.
The President's Office received $3,100 to implement "Building a Community of Social and Political Reform: A Professional Development Series on Diversity and Inclusion." The funding will provide four professional development workshops focusing on social equity and political reform in the areas of disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex, race and ethnic diversity and women.
The program will promote more student awareness and collaboration between The President's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, The President's Commission on the Status of Women, The President's Commission on LGBTQI and The President's Commission on Disability Issues, said Jessamine Montero, special assistant to the president, senior officer for diversity and inclusion.
"That is the big push for diversity education - intentional and strategic collaboration centering around each of the four commissions," she said. "With the commissions leading the way, our campus community will share in facilitating diversity and inclusionary practices."
Paul Mullins, professor of computer science, received a $1,899 grant for a project titled "Creating an Environment Supportive of Diversity in Computing Courses." This will result in a sample set of assignments that support multiculturalism and gender neutrality for courses across the computing curriculum.
PASSHE's Frederick Douglass Institute advances multicultural studies across the curriculum and inspires student achievement. West Chester administers the program because Douglass, the former slave and distinguished orator, gave his last public lecture at West Chester on Feb. 1, 1895.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.