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Programs

Cultural Enrichment

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

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.

Identity Development

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.

Fall 2013 Programs

September 2014

September 9, 2014

7:00 PM-Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center        

Damali Ayo- “I [YOU] Can Fix Racism!”

This presentation gives a fun, multi-media, interactive experience, presenting a 10-point program to improving relationships in any community.

September 18, 2014

7:00 PM-Schwab Auditorium

Mitzi Sinnott – “SNAPSHOT

A true story of love interrupted by invasion, explores the forces of history, race, and war.  

September 23, 2014

6:30 PM-PRCC Library, HUB-Robeson Center

Open Forum:  “Oh No, You Didn’t Just Say That”

 A discussion on the impact of commonly used language in and out of the classroom and community.

October 2014

October 15, 2014

6:30 PM-PRCC Library, HUB-Robeson Center

Open Forum:  “Establishing a Positive Identity”

A discussion with the cast of Black Latina The Play.

October 16, 2014

7:00 PM-Schwab Auditorium

Black Latina

The narrative depicts the story of today's Black Latina in the United States. Whether dark- skinned or indeed African-American and Hispanic, Black Latina chronicles the journey of one’s struggle identifying with both cultures.

November 2014

November 6, 2014 

7:00 PM-Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Se7en and Damon Williams-The STOOP

Comedian Damon Williams is a Chicago native with a wealth of talent. As a television host, radio personally and actor his material is universal and for all ages.

Spoken Word Artist Se7en has a prominent & prolific voice. With his poetry he captives, illuminates and ignites the mic with words that illustrate inspiration & redemption.

November 11, 2014

7:00 PM-Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

James W. Loewen

Loewen retells history in "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong"  (1995)  that led to comparing 12 U.S. history textbooks used in the U.S.

Co-Sponsorship

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.


Proposals are due by 2pm on the following dates:

 

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Mission

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.

Description

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.

E-mail: psu.blueprint@gmail.com

Twitter: @PSU_Blueprint

Facebook: www.facebook.com/psu.blueprint

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