As promised in my January message Working Together for
Inclusion and Tolerance, IUP is taking several action steps in response to
issues related to racism, aligned with the work and mission of the university—teaching
On April 26, we will host the IUP Diversity and Inclusion
Symposium, a universitywide symposium, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Symposium events are free and open
to the community.
IUP is pleased to
welcome Peggy McIntosh as the symposium’s keynote speaker. Her presentation is
titled “Coming to See Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey.”
In her address,
she will describe how she came to see her unearned privilege, which is at the
other end of unearned disadvantage. Dr. McIntosh will describe some effects of
privilege systems on curriculum, teaching methods, social climates, and
university policies, and she will discuss some of the benefits of using power
to share power.
programming for the day will be announced as events are finalized.
As noted in the
action steps of my January message, an ad hoc policy review committee has been
John Lowery, chairperson
of the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education, has agreed to chair
this group, which will review relevant IUP policies, processes,
and practices in light of national and state laws and best practices.
I have charged the group with suggesting
changes that will reinforce and encourage civil dialogue, treating others with
mutual respect, preserving the dignity of each member of the university
community, and, when legally and otherwise appropriate, sanctioning individuals
and organizations in violation of the university’s code of conduct or other
policies. The committee will also consider nonpolicy initiatives to encourage
and facilitate civil dialogue.
Committee members include the following:
This semester, the committee will review a broad list of documents
and policies and provide me with suggestions for changes. I will consider the
committee’s recommendations and forward them, as appropriate, for review and
possible adoption in associated university governance processes.
This is a herculean task, and I
appreciate all who have agreed to take on this important work. I also want to
thank members of the university community in advance for their cooperation in
helping this group to move forward and meet its mission.
I look forward to seeing you at the April 26