Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across our campuses
Coalition on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CoDEI)
CoDEI is a network of staff and faculty across the Commonwealth focused on increasing support for diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst our student communities at all Penn State campuses. This network provides both recommendations and funding to the campuses to help achieve specific goals related to improving the experiences of Penn State's students.
CoDEI seeks to enhance programming endeavors related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, increase the visibility of historically marginalized students, and improve standards and accountability for equity-minded practices. Through all these efforts, CoDEI aims to improve both support for members of the Penn State community and educate others on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
CoDEI’s contributions to Penn State’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are vast and multifaceted. CoDEI’s sphere of influence is both:
- campus-wide, through institutional roles with campus partners, to serve all students and all campuses
- internal to campuses, through the roles within various administrative units (for staff and student communities).
- Goals of CODEI
- Goal 1: Enhance the collaboration and connection of diversity, equity, and inclusion support across the campuses
- Goal 2: Improve the connection, well-being, and belonging of students, staff, and faculty across our campuses
- Goal 3: Expand the growth of equity, diversity, and inclusion education
- Goal 4: Support and advocate for our various communities
- Goal 5: Foster citizenship, engagement, and leadership development
- CoDEI and Organizational Context
CoDEI is not invested in institutional change in isolation. CoDEI is financially supported by the Office of Commonwealth Campuses, Educational Equity, and Student Affairs. Along with the defined leaders and representatives, working groups on training and education, programming, and student voice, CoDEI works with the following areas of support/engagement:
The Cultural Center and Equity Collaborative
The Student Affairs Cultural Center Collaborative
The Cultural Center Collaborative, within Student Affairs, is committed to supporting the needs of Penn States’ campus communities by creating a welcoming and holistic learning environment for all members of the community, inclusive of all identities and allies. Adult Learner Programs and Services, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, the Gender Equity Center, and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center come together to form the Student Affairs Cultural Center Collaborative. While maintaining distinct and individual identities, they are grounded in a shared belief that ending one oppression requires ending all oppressions. They facilitate interactive learning, promote self-awareness, foster leadership development, encourage dialogue, and challenge traditional notions of diversity and inclusion while working with undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the larger Penn State University community.
While not the only support and advocacy centers in Student Affairs, the collaborative also works with Student Care and Advocacy and Stand for State to assist with equity-minded support and connection.
The Educational Equity Partnership
Through our partnership with Educational Equity, Student Disability Resources, Veterans Services, and the Multicultural Resource Center also serve as support resources for CoDEI and its work across the campuses.
The Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
CoDEI is administratively supported by the office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion housed at University Park. While providing oversight to the Cultural Centers, this role and position provides direct assistance and advocacy for support of students related to diversity, equity, and inclusion across our Penn State campuses.
- CoDEI Contact by Campus
Campus Contact Name Campus Lead or Alternative Representative E-mail Address Abington Aneesah Smith Campus Lead email@example.com Abington Beth Bradley Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Altoona Sue Patterson Campus Lead email@example.com Altoona Jerry Benito Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Altoona Danielle Fry Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Beaver Romina Vidal Martinez Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Beaver Brenda Schultz Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Beaver Chris Rizzo Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Behrend Andy Herrera Campus Lead email@example.com Behrend Walaa Ahmad Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Berks Sharon Pitterson-Ogaldez Campus Lead email@example.com Berks Aubrey Edwards Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Berks Autumn Fritz Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Brandywine Brad Kovaleski Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Brandywine Gary Miller Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Brandywine Tina Brackett-Wood Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Brandywine Ed Dixon Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Brandywine Laura Evans Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Dickinson Law Jeffrey Dodge Campus Lead email@example.com Dickinson Law Bekah Saidman-Krauss Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org DuBois Rebecca Pennington Campus Lead email@example.com DuBois Marly Doty Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org DuBois Brittany Stanton Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Fayette Chad Long Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Fayette Amanda Collins Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Great Valley JoAnn Kelly Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Allegheny Justin Dandoy Campus Lead email@example.com Greater Allegheny Lorraine Craven Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Allegheny Louise Aravich Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Harrisburg Evan Williams Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Harrisburg Todd Clark Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Hazleton Rob Knight Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Hazleton Tracy Garnick Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Hazleton David Laird Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Lehigh Valley Pam Fleck Campus Lead email@example.com Lehigh Valley Sam Beebe Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Milton Hershey Medical Campus Lead Mont Alto Jay Arcuri Campus Lead email@example.com Mont Alto Chris Wounderly Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org New Kensington Marissa Welsh Campus Lead email@example.com New Kensington JW Tabacchi Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Schuylkill Mindy Spolski Campus Lead email@example.com Schuylkill Ron Kelly Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Schuylkill Lauren McCarthy Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Scranton Julia Egan Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Scranton Jon Tobin Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Scranton Matt Nied Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Scranton Dharti Ray Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Scranton Ray Petren Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Scranton Kathy Stefanelli Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Shanango Jammie Clark Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Wilke-Barre Wanda Ochei Campus Lead email@example.com Wilke-Barre Jackie Piatt Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Wilke-Barre Sarah Luvender Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com York Sarah Guillen Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org York Jane Pflaum Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com York Scott Simonds Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org World Campus Ashley Adams Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com World Campus Denita Wright Watson Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Commonwealth Campus Support Dan Murphy N/A email@example.com
Programming and Community Engagement Support
Each year, CoDEI awards up to $1,000 to each campus specifically for the planning and promotion of events that strive toward CoDEI goals. With the funding provided by CoDEI, the Penn State Campuses are able to host a myriad of DEI programs, such as speakers, workshops, films, plays, live streams, and more.
CoDEI “leaders” also can host one of two regional summits dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion and can apply for up to $3,500.00 to support that endeavor.
For more information on the application for engagement funding, please contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.