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Diversity Series: Teacher Education ePortfolio Assessment

The Teacher Education Diversity Series at IUP is designed to provide teacher candidates with a wide range of opportunities to collect artifacts and experiences that can be applied to their ePortfolio diversity requirements.

Candidates are to attend the following events, which may be populated by people far more diverse than their teacher education classes. Candidates should reflect on their experiences and interactions as they apply to what they have learned in their introductory courses.

An electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) is used to structure, assign, and assess these activities and reflections. This assignment is made to all teacher candidates in the unit and is structured with the ePortfolio template and grading rubric. The grading rubric was derived from the IUP Conceptual Framework and NCATE diversity standards.

The artifacts and reflections candidates take from these experiences are to demonstrate their initial steps toward meeting INTASC Principle 3: “The Teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.” As candidates build on these initial experiences, they are encouraged to explore the concept of cultural competence and to develop strategies for insuring that all of their students can learn.

More information about the ePortfolio, ePortfolio templates, and rubrics can be found at the IUP Teacher Education website.

Upcoming events for this semester include:

Issues of Diversity: Voices form the Field

In this series, IUP faculty and student presenters join in a discussion of their research. The presentations explores topics related to diversity, social equity, and inclusion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. All sessions meet at 11:45am in Stapleton Library and will conclude at 1pm. Brown bag lunches are welcome.

Join us on Monday, March 5, 2012 in Stabley Room 101 for a discussion with Melanie Hildebrant (Sociology) and Jawanda Jackson (Regional Planning) as they discuss their research.

Melanie Hildebrant, Sociology, “The Impact of Service Learning Programs on their Host Communities” - This research explores different types of service learning programs and their underlying principles in an effort to understand how they impact the communities they serve. I hope to develop this into a field research study where I can explore this issue “on the ground.” On background, this idea is a result of several conversations that I’ve had with colleagues affiliated with Amizade Global Service Learning. We are concerned that our presence in some communities may be more beneficial than in others.

Jawanda Jackson, Regional Planning, “Diversity and Affordability in LEED-ND Neighborhoods” - This research considers the demographic characteristics of Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design New Development projects (LEED-ND) to look at the diversity among them and to determine if LEED-ND projects are meeting the need for affordable housing in New Urbanism communities. This study considers whether neighborhoods built to meet LEED-ND standards can realistically meet the housing needs of individuals at all income levels and walks of life.

Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Stabley Room 210 for a discussion with Christine Hunter (English), Luke Chwala (English), and Sonia Adams (English) as they discuss their research.

Christine Hunter, English, “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and the Magic Realism of Crossing Geographical and Cultural Borders”

Luke Chwala, English, “In a ‘hall of mirrors’: A Phenomenology of Heteronormative White Double Consciousness in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room”

Sonia Adams, English, “‘A Womanist Agenda’: Establishing the Transnational Turn in American and Ethnic Women’s Literature Courses”

“IUP African American Cultural Center: Black History Month 2012”

On January 30, 2012, the IUP African American Cultural Center will kick off Black History Month 2012 with the 22nd Commemorative Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled “Living the Dream and Black History Month: Relevance, Reflections, and Challenges.” The program will feature a full day of activities and conclude with a keynote program that features Burrell Brown, attorney and professor of Management and Labor Management and chair of the Business and Economics Department at California University of Pennsylvania. Brown is also past legal counsel/president for the Pennsylvania State NAACP and vice president of APSCUF as well as an appointee by two Pennsylvania governors to several committees, including the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and chair of the Inter-branch Commission on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness. Along with Burrell, several students and community members will participate including the IUP African Dance Ensemble. In an edutainment way, the program will inspire and uplift. Class attendance vouchers will be available. Free and open to the public. Please join us. For more information, contact the AACC at 724-357-2455.

The day’s events include:

10:00–11:45 a.m. - MLK/BHM Film Series: Martin: The Man and the Dream, Great Black Innovators, and 50 Cents' All Things Fall Apart in the HUB Monongahela Room

12:00–2:00 p.m. - MLK Luncheon and Reflections Workshop: Living the Dream and Black History Month located in HUB Ohio Room

6:00–7:30 p.m. - Keynote Program with Dr., Burrell Brown located in the HUB Ohio Room

“Today’s Dream, Tomorrow's Ambitions”

Completed applications and/or nominations for the fall Outstanding Graduating Student Student Awards are due by 4:00 p.m. on December 2, 2011. The forms are currently available at the AACC office. The awards are presented at the annual AACC Fall Pre-Commencement Reception and Awards program that honors diverse students. It will be held on December 16, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. in Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex under the theme “Today’s Dream, Tomorrow's Ambitions.” The program is free and open to all. RSVPs are requested at 724-357-2455. Please encourage or nominate a graduating diverse student for one of three awards.

“Partnering for Our Common Destiny: Beyond Borders, Global Awareness, and Cultural Appreciation.”

The annual Kwanzaa Celebration takes place on December 10, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. As you are probably awareness, Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday of family, friends, community, and culture that is usually celebrated December 6 through January 1. The program at IUP is also an educational and cultural experience that is truly inspiring, fun, and joyous, with big feast being conducted in the spirit of Kwanzaa. This year's theme is “Partnering for Our Common Destiny: Beyond Borders, Global Awareness, and Cultural Appreciation.” It will feature a guest presenter and choreographer Deo Mwamo, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars and is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the Ewabo Caribbean Trio, who will present an inspiring and joyous rendition of calypso music and Pan African drumming. Several students will perform, including IUP's African Dance Ensemble who will work with Mr. Mwano to present a special presentation together. Attendance vouchers will be available. Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Princes at 724-357-2455.

Kwanzaa Basket-Making Workshop

On Friday, December 9, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. in the HUB Susquehanna Room, there will be a Kwanzaa basket-making workshop, which provides attendees with an opportunity to make a personal item or gift in honor of the holiday season. Space is limited, and the cost is only $5 for this awesome, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. To register, please call the AACC at 724-357-2455. Attendance is on a first-come, first-serve, first-pay basis.


Micheaux Film/Discussion Series showing of Philadelphia on November 29, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in Crimson Event Center. This program is being sponsored in collaboration with an English Department class and in recognition of World Aids Day. Attendance vouchers will be available. Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Princes at 724-357-2455.

“Diversity, Leaders, Not Labels”

Lecture presentation by Mr. Stedman Graham. Many may know him as the partner of Oprah Winfrey, but Mr. Graham is an educator, author, businessman, and philanthropist who is inspiring, motivating, and committed to youth development. His presentation is titled “Diversity, Leaders, Not Labels,” and will be presented on November 28, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., in the Eberly College of Business auditorium. The program is being sponsored in conjunction with the Six O’clock Series and is in line with a common concern in the educational community and of the office of the AACC: students being equipped with diversity awareness and appreciation and being able to successfully interact with people of backgrounds different then themselves. Attendance vouchers will be available. Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Princes at 724-357-2455.

Speaker to Discuss Uranium Mining on Navajo Lands

IUP will host Lynnea Smith, a member of the Navajo nation from Crownpoint, N.M., to discuss uranium mining on the Navajo Indian reservation. Smith’s presentation, free and open to the community, will take place November 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in Pratt Auditorium. Smith is a community educator on the issue of uranium mining and its impact on the Navajo (Diné) communities in Crownpoint and Church Rock, N.M. She began educating herself on the environmental and health effects of uranium mining at age seventeen and, in the ten years since, has spoken to community groups, churches, educational institutions, politicians, lobbying groups, and the Indigenous Environmental Network. Her interest in the issue emerged as she sought to help her community confront corporate uranium mining in New Mexico. The site of a proposed uranium processing plant is visible from her mother’s home at the edge of Navajo land in Crownpoint. Smith formerly worked for the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining organization as an administrative assistant, then as the political liaison/executive director. She currently consults for that group while attending classes at the University of New Mexico Gallup. She has also previously worked with Indian Health Services.

“Inclusion: It Is Your Right”

IUP and the Advising and Testing Center recognizes Disability Awareness Month. The program takes place on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in the Crimson Event Center (Folger Hall). “Inclusion: It is Your Right” is a presentation created to highlight society’s perception of disabilities, the stereotypes that cause exclusion, and the elimination of attitudinal barriers to full inclusion. The event will feature a performance by SignIn and featured speaker Terri Adams. Terri Adams has spent the past fifteen years working with people with disabilities. Currently, Ms. Adams works for the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living as a public relations specialist. Please join us!

The Help

As part of the African American Cultural Center’s Micheaux Film/Discussion Series and during the IUP Family Weekend, The Help will be presented on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in G5 Delaney; on Friday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. in Pratt Auditorium; and on Saturday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Eberly College of Business Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, who argues that “change begins with a whisper.”

Disability Awareness

As part of disability awareness at IUP, Terri Adams, public relations specialist for the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, will present “Inclusion: It Is Your Right.” The program will highlight society’s perception of disabilities, the stereotypes that cause exclusion, and the elimination of attitudinal barriers to full inclusion. The event starts at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2011, in the Crimson Event Center (Folger Hall). Following Ms. Adams’ presentation, we are pleased to offer a performance by IUP’s own Sign-In Club and the presentation of new members into Delta Alpha Pi, the Disability Honor Society, and the Ray Coppler Award.

Haunted House and Maze

The African American Cultural Center is hosting a Halloween treat as part of October Cultural Enrichment Night. The Haunted House and Maze at Yarnick’s Farm in Indiana is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2011. You will meet at the AACC at 6:30 p.m. for pictures with Norm and depart at 7:30 from the AACC for Yarnick’s. We anticipate returning to IUP at 11:00 p.m. To reserve your seat or for more information, please call the African American Cultural Center at 724-357-2455. Space is limited, so call soon to make your reservation. The cost of the event is $6.00. Come early and have your picture taken with Norm, IUP’s mascot.

“The State of Black College Student”

As part of the African American Cultural Center’s Micheaux Film/Discussion Series, “The State of Black College Student” will be presented on October 19, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in the HUB Allegheny Room. The event includes a thirty-minute documentary about the subject and a thirty- to sixty-minute lecture by the film’s producer, Dr. Darry Scriven. Following the presentation, Dr. Scriven will be available for Q&A and a reception. Attendance vouchers will be available. Should you have any questions, please contact the IUP African American Cultural Center at 724-357-2455.

STAND Against Racism

The NAACP, the Black Student League, and STAND (Students Taking Action Now Darfur) will facilitate STAND Against Racism on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. in the Monongahela Room of the Hub.

“The Nuts and Bolts of the Social Justice Floor”

The African American Cultural Center is hosting its first Meet and Greet of the Ujamaa Living-Learning Community that will feature “The Nuts and Bolts of the Social Justice Floor” on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. in 125 Delaney Hall. Should you have any questions, please contact the IUP African American Cultural Center at 724-357-2455.

Social Equity and Diversity

IUP Punxsutawney hosted an interactive town-gown meeting addressing social equity and diversity within the local Punxsutawney community. The October 11, 2011, dialogue was convened by Punxsutawney Mayor James Werhle and led by Mr. Robert Fleming of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Twenty-six participants attended the meeting, including IUP faculty members and administrators, community and county officials, local citizens, chamber of commerce and school board officials, members of the Punxsutawney clergy, and local and state law enforcement officials. The ninety-minute dialogue constructively focused upon the positive and challenging experiences of persons of color and disability within the Punxsutawney community and reaffirmed agreement on environmental management strategies in proactive support of social equity. Mr. Fleming then hosted the weekly Six O’Clock Series presentation addressing social equity and equal opportunity within the community. For more information about the outcomes of the interactive community meeting and social equity actions in progress, contact Terry Appolonia, dean of IUP Punxsutawney.

Second Annual Noche Latina

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, 2011, the Hispanic Heritage Council, Latino Student Organization, and OWLS in CUS would like you to join them for the second annual Noche Latina on Saturday, October 15, 2011, in the Delaware Room of the HUB. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., you can enjoy the Bocas Taste Fest with Entertainment. The cost for the event is $7 for students and $10 for the public (cost includes admission to Night of Dance). Continue to enjoy the program by staying for a Night of Dance from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. (cost of dance only is $3). You can enjoy a free ticket to the event by bringing a food donation. To receive your free ticket, complete the form and return via e-mail to Portia Diaz at by October 10. Details and form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact Portia Diaz at 724-357-1728.

Directions 2011: A Welcoming Dinner-Reception for Entering Minority Students

Touré, an NBC correspondent and author, will be the featured speaker at Directions 2011: A Welcoming Dinner-Reception for Entering Minority Students. The theme for the event will be “Partnering for Our Common Destiny: Hooray for the New! Opportunities and More!”

Touré is the author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness and one of the most important writers on culture today.

This event provides an opportunity for students to interact with faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders and to further the road map toward college success. As a provocative, engaging, witty, and thought-provoking speaker, Touré will help enhance the program’s overall goal of providing information on succeeding in spite of yourself.

For further information, or to RSVP, please contact the IUP African American Cultural Center at 724-357-2455.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance

Ten Buddhist monks who specialize in Tibetan visual and performing arts will be at IUP from October 24–31. This group has traveled throughout the United States creating such mandalas at universities and top museums, including the Smithsonian (monk-artists from the same organization came to IUP in 2003 and 2006). A mandala is an abstract representation of the universe. The monks will work for more than forty hours on the mandala, pouring thousands of grains of colored sand to complete the design. Once the mandala is done on October 31, it will be left on display for an hour and then swept up. The group will also perform a concert of Tibetan music and dance on the evening of October 29.

Schedule of events:

Monday, Oct. 24

  • 12:30–1:00 p.m. — Opening Presentation (music and chanting)
  • 1:00–6:15 p.m. — Mandala Construction
  • 6:00–7:15 p.m. — Six O’Clock Series: The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Tuesday, Oct. 25–Friday Oct. 28

  • 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Mandala Construction

Saturday, Oct. 29 (Family Weekend)

  • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. — Mandala Construction
  • 8:00–10:00 p.m. — Sacred Music, Sacred Dance performance (Fischer Auditorium)

Sunday, October 30

  • 12:00–6:00 p.m. — Mandala Construction

Monday, October 31

  • 10:00–11:30 a.m. — Mandala Construction
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Viewing of Completed Mandala
  • 12:30–1:15 p.m. — Closing Presentation (music, chanting, sweeping up of mandala)

The mandala will be created in the HUB Ohio room. A variety of other activities will be available at that location:

  • Use the same implements as do the monks to make either an individual mandala or help with the community mandala
  • Make a "peace flag" (which will then be hung from the rafters of the Ohio Room)
  • Work on a mandala puzzle
  • Color a mandala

This event provides a wonderful opportunity for classes and student groups to witness an amazing artistic tradition from a culture with a very different history and set of values from our own. As usual, vouchers will be available for students who come as part of course work. If you plan to bring your entire class, please Dr. Stuart Chandler at He will be available to explain the mandala’s cultural significance.

There is no charge for the opening and closing presentations or to view the mandala. Consult the Ovations! series webpage for ticket information for the Saturday evening performance.

This event is sponsored by the Committee for the Studies of Culture and Religion, the Lively Arts, the Department of Religious Studies, the Office of International Education, the Center for Student Life, Six O’Clock Series, the Asian Studies Committee, the Asian Studies Club, and the Student Cooperative Association.

African American Cultural Center Open House

The IUP African American Cultural Center (AACC) is dedicated to the enhancement of racial, cultural, multicultural, and diversity awareness, sensitivity, and appreciation. The center’s objectives include providing educational, cultural, and social programs; providing activities, services, interventions, and provisions for informal exchange that fosters growth and development among students, faculty, and staff; demonstrating cultural differences; promoting understanding and appreciation while fostering an appreciation for African American heritage, culture, and contributions; providing cultural/multicultural programming to help enhance sensitivity to and appreciation of differences; and sponsoring programming and resources to help facilitate the retention and graduation of students, focusing particularly on minority students. The AACC offers several services that may supplement faculty, curriculum, and places where one can indulge oneself with differences.

The African American Cultural Center seeks your support with making sure students are aware of this service, and encourages you to visit as you feel the need. The first event of the year is the annual Meet and Greet Open House, featuring an Olde Thyme Ice Cream Soda Festival (provided by Aramark), guest entertainment with the Reggie Morris Blues Band, and various student leaders. This event will occur on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., and all are invited to attend. Please watch for other announcements of upcoming AACC events and visit the African American Cultural Center website.

Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Carolyn Princes at 724-357-2455.

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