The State System and its universities are committed to cultivating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments that allow all members of the State System community to thrive. The position of
Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer was established in August 2020 to engage institutional and system leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes-based strategies that address inequities in all areas including but not limited to student access and achievement; faculty and staff recruitment and development; and campus receptivity. The work will be grounded in, will build upon, and will elevate the promising initiatives and thought leadership already occurring across the universities.
2022 DEI SUMMIT
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce the 2022 PASSHE DEI Summit, which will be held virtually November 2-4, 2022. This year's theme is "What does it mean to belong? Cultivating relationships and centering equity in our communities.”
To create diverse communities that are inclusive and equitable to all, we must explore the question: “What does it mean to belong?” How can we individually and as a collective, nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion as foundational to building a robust State System? This year’s Summit aims to serve as a platform for dialogue, reflection, communal learning, and community building, centered on exploring the praxis of belonging.
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What is DEI?
Diversity refers to differences among individuals (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status);
equity refers to fair (but not necessarily equal) treatment regardless of one’s starting point in life; and
inclusion refers to actions that foster feelings of being welcomed, respected, and valued.