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Though social equity is a theme held throughout the year, Clarion University sets aside a special week annually to celebrate the strides made on the path to equality. Equity Week 2012, "A Celebration of Our Core Values: Civility, Diversity and Equity," will run Nov. 12-14.

Events include:
Nov. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Hart Chapel: Kicking off this year's Equity Week is Dr. Susan Rankin, senior research associate in the Center of Higher Education and associate professor of education at Penn State University. Rankin has spoken and written extensively on the subjects of sexism, racism and heterosexism in higher education. As a founding member of both the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition, Rankin is an advocate for the underrepresented segments of college communities. Recently, Rankin co-authored a book, "The Lives of Transgender People," which explores issues of transgender identity and discrimination.

Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eagle Commons 107/108: The Clarion University Office of Social Equity and the Presidential Commission on Human Relations will host a roundtable presentation on "Campus Climate and the Core Values of Civility, Diversity, and Equity."

Roundtable panelists include guest-speaker Susan Rankin and Clarion University faculty Dr. Greg Goodman, Dr. Sandra Trejos, Dr. Jeanne Slattery, Ronald Radaker and Dr. Barrie Brancato. Professors Dr. Jocelynn Smrekar and Dr. Karen Smith will serve as moderators.

Lunch will be served.

Nov. 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Gemmell multi-purpose room: Larry Pickett will be the evening's featured speaker for the 2012 Equity Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Pickett is a project manager in the Strategic Planning and Operational Excellence department at Highmark. He earned his Master of Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania, his Master of Science from Duquesne University, and his Bachelor of Arts from Clarion University. Pickett considers himself a life-long learner with a passion for education.

All events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested by Nov. 9 by emailing the Office of Social Equity at or calling 814-393-2109.

The 2012 Equity Dinner is sponsored by the Student Senate and the Office of Social Equity. The Office of Equity is accepting nominations for various social equity awards. The nomination form can be found online.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

10/17/2012 11:36 AM

Clarion’s Equity Week celebrates core values of civility, diversity and equity