Penn State Great Valley Diversity Action Council

Recognizing the Diversity of Lived Experiences

The Diversity Action Council is charged with facilitating and shepherding diversity within the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. The DAC consists of faculty, staff, and students, and has a rich history of providing a variety of activities and critical information to all stakeholder groups concerning diversity within the Penn State Great Valley community.

Mission Statement of Diversity Action Council

We the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Graduate Professional Studies at Penn State Great Valley, are committed to being an example for the active exploration of, respect for, and support of the many dimensions of human differences and similarities. We will achieve this through the measurable quality of our diversity initiatives, the expertise and contributions of our diverse faculty, staff, and students, and our personal and professional growth and achievement.

2011-2012 DAC Membership

Laura Roy (faculty co-chair)
JoAnn Kelly (staff co-chair)       

Johanna Baitinger Kimberly Merriman
Adrian Barb Kathy Mingioni
Susan Haldeman Pat Misselwitz
Carla Holway Paula Pierce
Laura LaBuda Manohar Singh
Barrie Litzky Trish Shea
Avis McMillan  

DAC Sponsored Events

In its sixteen years of existence, the Diversity Action Council has sponsored over 50 events recognizing and celebrating the cultural, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity of our Penn State Great Valley community. This has included workshops, lectures, cultural celebrations, conferences, nationally recognized guest speakers, career days, essay contests for local high schools, and music and art presentations. In addition, the DAC gives annual awards to staff, faculty members, and students who actively promote diversity, and has given travel funds to faculty and staff for trips to diversity conferences.

Some of the events sponsored by the DAC include programs such as the dramatic performance "Incognito," premiere screenings of the documentary films "Tiny Tears" and "The Human Experience", the Tuskegee Airmen, Teaching the Difficult Child, Entrepreneurship and Social Investment in the Inner City, Isms and Phobias, Mobilizing Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights, Invisible Differences in the Workplace, Getting Beyond Cultural Communication Barriers, Islam and 9/11, the Negro Baseball Leagues, and Rachel Harris-One Woman Over the Line.

A long-standing supporter of DAC is the Ametek Foundation.  Their continued support has enabled us to bring many of these events to the community.