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 Cultural Awareness 




Cultural Awareness

Trend Three:  Appreciate the global interdependence of economies and nations and how concerns over identity, heritage and culture take on increasing importance when people, resources and ideas must be exchanged across borders.    

Goals and Actions

SRU students in 2025 will have to contend with complex cultural trends that will affect their personal and professional lives. SRU has identified the following strategic goals in relation to the trend identified as “The need to understand other cultures.” These strategic goals for 2025 for Slippery Rock University are in alignment with PASSHE’s diversity related strategies and with SRU University-Wide Outcomes.

SRU Goal:
Prepare all SRU students to be successful professionals for the culturally diverse
world of the year 2025 and beyond

Create, improve, and maintain programs, co-curricular activities, and
extracurricular offerings as well as courses related to the exploration and analysis of cultural factors (University Outcome – Aesthetic perception and Ability);

The quantity and quality of student involvement as provided by assessments in

all areas related to diversity and inclusion (i.e. number of minority students by category, number and attendance to diversity related events, number of diversity related courses)

Current level of participation as provided by existing measures in programs
offered by the Frederick Douglass Institute and International Services

We have had a steady level of participation in the Frederick Douglass Institute
programs since 2004. Since then we have offered between 8 and 12 programs and between 390 and 575 students have participated in them. Since 2006 International Services has had an increase in the number of students overseas from 331 to 426 but has had a decrease in students studying abroad from 173 to 112.

Require all undergraduates to participate in an international program and to learn a world language other than their own

Establish a world language degree requirement with at least a one semester college level proficiency.

Level of proficiency acquired by the majority in each of the different languages.

SRU Goal: 
Provide support for development of grants and contracts for faculty research and development.

International Professional Development grants, diversity grants activity through support of Grants Office.

Increase in grants externally funded.(AA)

Grants 2003: Federal: 8; State: 17; Other and Private:   8

Grants 2007:
Federal: 8; State: 19; Other and Private: 17

Grants 2008: Federal: 7; State: 25: Other and Private: 22

Grants 2009: Federal: 8; State: 21; Other and Private: 27

Grants 2010: Federal: 7; State: 23; Other and Private: 12


Steering Committee  

President Cheryl J. Norton
Dr. Philip Way
Ms. Molly Mercer
Dr. Robert Watson
Ms. Barbara Ender
Ms. Rita Abent
Ms. Tina Moser
Mr. Eliott Baker
Dr. Nancy Barta-Smith
Ms. Carrie Birckbichler
Dr. John Bonando
Dr. Patrick Burkhart (APSCUF)
Dr. Patti Campbell
Mr. Herb Carlson
Dr. Jerry Chmielewski
Mr. Rogers Clements (SGA)
Dr. Cornelius Cosgrove
Ms. Lorraine Craven
Dr. Keith Dils

Dr. Thomas Flynn 
Dr. Susan Hannam
Ms. Mary Hennessey
Dr. Athula Herat
Ms. Samantha Kelly
Ms. Mary Ann King
Mr. Paul Lueken
Dr. Jeffrey Lynn
Ms. Holly McCoy
Ms. Lynne Motyl
Dr. Randall Nichols
Dr. Paula Olivero
Ms. Deb Pincek
Dr. Katrina Quinn

Mr. Regis Schiebel
Ms. Kelly Sladden (ARHS)
Dr. Langdon Smith
Dr. Steven Strain
Ms. Melissa Teodoro
Mr. Philip Tramdack
Dr. Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio
Mr. Tom Watson (AFSCME)
Dr. Amanda Yale