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Equity Week 2012


"A Celebration of Our Core Values: Civility, Diversity and Equity"


Monday, November 12, 2012: Kick-Off Speaker
Hart Chapel, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Susan (Sue) Rankin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education
Associate Professor of Education in the College of Student Affairs Program
Pennsylvania State University 

Dr. Rankin has presented and published widely on the impact of sexism, racism and heterosexism in the academy and in intercollegiate athletics.  Dr. Rankin's current research focuses on the assessment of institutional climate and providing program planners and policymakers with recommended strategies to improve the campus climate for under-served communities.  Dr. Rankin has collaborated with over 90 institutions/organizations in implementing assessments and developing action plans.  In her advocacy work, Dr. Rankin is a founding member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition.  Dr. Rankin is the recipient of the ACPA 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion.  Her recent publications include The Lives of Transgender People, Campus Pride 2012 LGBT College Athlete National Report and 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People.

Sponsored by the Office of Social Equity and the MLK Committee


Tuesday, November 13, 2012: Roundtable Presentation
Eagle Commons 107-108:  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Roundtable Theme - Campus Climate and the Core Values of Civility, Diversity and Equity

Roundtable Coordinators/Moderators and Co-Chairs of the Presidential Commission on Human Relations: Drs. Jocelynn Smrekar and Karen Smith

Roundtable Panelists: Drs. Susan Rankin, Greg Goodman, Sandra Trejos, Jeanne Slattery, Barrie Brancato, and Mr. Ron Radaker

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the Office of Social Equity and the Presidential Commission on Human Relations.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Equity Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Gemmell Multi Purpose Room: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Featured Speaker: Larry Pickett

Larry Pickett serves as a project manager at Highmark in the Strategic Planning & Operational Excellence Department.  He supports enterprise-wide projects and initiatives at Highmark.  His primary role includes leadership strategies, trend analysis, project management and six sigma methodologies.  He partners with functional and line-of-business managers to successfully deliver outcomes pertaining to core business needs.  In this capacity, he leads initiatives that are designed to increase organizational performance and reduce operating expenses.  Larry uses data to drive business decisions.  He also uses statistics, charts and graphs to evaluate return on investment (ROI).  He is a certified six sigma black belt (CSSBB) and a certified project manager.

Larry earned his M.B.A. degree in Management of Technologies from California University of Pennsylvania, M.S. degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University, and his B.A. degree from Clarion University.  He is a member of the Juran Institute, The Conference Board-Council for Six Sigma Executives, Smart Futures Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Chess Club, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  Larry is a former member of the Clarion University Board of Trustees.  Larry is passionate about education and describes himself as a life-long learner.  He and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of two daughters, Erica and Dilana.

Sponsored by the Student Senate and the Office of Social Equity.

Equity Week 2012 Poster

All events are free and open to the public