Cultural enrichment programs provide opportunities for all students, faculty, staff and the community to experience the practice, celebration, and demonstration of culture through a variety of performances, presentations, visual performing arts as well as social and entertainment events.
Social Justice is the idea of creating a society based on the belief of equality, the understanding and value of human and civil rights. The Paul Robeson Cultural Center offers students at Penn State the opportunity to participate in an initiative to discuss issues of injustice around race in the United States. The initiative will allow students to speak in a safe space called Learning Circle. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own ethnic background and understand how it connects to others, our unequal nation and inequities, examine the Penn State community, and to take action to address the inequities.
The Identity Development series will consist of speakers, open forums and workshops to help students understand and develop a greater sense of the intersectionality of their identity and how this can help them to support issues of social justice.
Spring 2015 Programs
2nd- Guest Speaker Molly Secours
7PM, Freeman Auditorium, HUB Robeson Center
Secours is a writer, filmmaker, and speaker who uses her artistic talents to effect social change and public policy regarding various issues by use of compassion and humor and honestly examining thoughts, behaviors and history regarding race.
12th- Guest Speaker Dr. Joy DeGruy
7PM, Heritage Hall
DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues.
2nd Don McPherson
6:30PM, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
McPherson is a former NFL player and college football hall of famer, who has used his platform to address complex social justice issues, including the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. This presentation focuses on nurturing positive language and understanding of masculine identity.
This program is co-sponsored by The Center for Women Students
18th- NWC (N*gger W*tback Ch*nk)
7PM, Eisenhower Auditorium
It is play with 3 guys who discuss race. The truth is that there is only one race: the human race.
21st- Social Justice Symposium (Pre-registration required)
10:30AM - 4PM, Heritage Hall, HUB Robeson Center
Elaine Penn & Brittney Griner
Penn is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and performer. Her dynamic and motivating keynotes have inspired countless people. She has also held numerous university positions. Elaine received her bachelor’s degree from Greensboro College and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While at Greensboro, she received numerous athletic honors.
Griner is currently a center on the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury team. She has a host of athletic accomplishments including being a 3 time All-American, AP Player of the year, and a NCAA title. She is committed to advocating for an inclusive society, ending bullying, and other social justice work.
2nd- Ahsan Watts
7PM, Heritage Hall
Watts is a young up and coming soul and R&B singer from Newark, New Jersey. He signed with Interscope Records after receiving attention for his cover of Smokey Robinson's "Who's Loving You" and Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky." He has a mission with his music to help “bring soul back” to today’s over-polished sound and shallow lyrics
Through our commitment to providing and supporting avenues for cultural education, the PRCC invites student organizations to submit a proposal for program co-sponsorship. For a co-sponsorhsip packet and instructions please stop by the PRCC and ask at the front desk for a packet.
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- Wednesday, November 12, 2014
- Wednesday, December 3, 2014
- Wednesday, January 14, 2015
- Wednesday, February 11, 2015
- Wednesday, March 4, 2015
- Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The purpose of BLUEprint is to promote the well being of first-year students, focusing on students of color, in order to encourage retention and successful persistence through Penn State. BLUEprint aims to assist freshmen and transfer/change-of-campus students with their acclimation to a well-rounded social and academic environment at University Park through peer mentoring.
Sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) and formerly known as S-Plan, the BLUEprint Program focuses on offering cultural, social, and academic support to students of color, specifically those who are first-year or transfer/change-of-campus students, through peer mentoring. A fundamental goal of the program is to promote well-roundedness in all students involved as well as their successful acclimation to and persistence in Penn State.
Students who are selected to serve as mentors in the Mentor Cohort participate in training sessions to foster the necessary skills and knowledge for them to have positive and meaningful interactions with their mentees. Members of the Mentee Cohort attend monthly enrichment sessions to discuss and learn about topics related to academic resources and success, cultural competence, personal and life skills, campus involvement, and professional development. In addition to the one-on-one mentor/mentee meetings, the pairs are encouraged to attend BLUEprint large group events such as workshops, performances, social gatherings, community service projects, and other PRCC-sponsored cultural engagement programs.