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 firstname.lastname@example.org Abington Beth Bradley Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Altoona Sue Patterson Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Altoona Jerry Benito Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Altoona Danielle Fry Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Beaver Romina Vidal Martinez Campus Lead email@example.com Beaver Brenda Schultz Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Beaver Chris Rizzo Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Behrend Andy Herrera Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Behrend Walaa Ahmad Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Berks Sharon Pitterson-Ogaldez Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Berks Aubrey Edwards Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Berks Autumn Fritz Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Brandywine Brad Kovaleski Campus Lead email@example.com Brandywine Gary Miller Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Brandywine Tina Brackett-Wood Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Brandywine Ed Dixon Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Brandywine Laura Evans Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Dickinson Law Jeffrey Dodge Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Dickinson Law Bekah Saidman-Krauss Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com DuBois Rebecca Pennington Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org DuBois Marly Doty Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com DuBois Brittany Stanton Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Fayette Chad Long Campus Lead email@example.com Fayette Amanda Collins Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Great Valley JoAnn Kelly Campus Lead email@example.com Greater Allegheny Justin Dandoy Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Allegheny Lorraine Craven Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Greater Allegheny Louise Aravich Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Harrisburg Evan Williams Campus Lead email@example.com Harrisburg Todd Clark Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Hazleton Rob Knight Campus Lead email@example.com Hazleton Tracy Garnick Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Hazleton David Laird Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Lehigh Valley Pam Fleck Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Lehigh Valley Sam Beebe Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Milton Hershey Medical Campus Lead Mont Alto Jay Arcuri Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Mont Alto Chris Wounderly Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com New Kensington Marissa Welsh Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org New Kensington JW Tabacchi Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Schuylkill Mindy Spolski Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Schuylkill Ron Kelly Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Schuylkill Lauren McCarthy Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Scranton Julia Egan Campus Lead email@example.com Scranton Jon Tobin Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Scranton Matt Nied Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Scranton Dharti Ray Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Scranton Ray Petren Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Scranton Kathy Stefanelli Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org Shanango Jammie Clark Campus Lead email@example.com Wilke-Barre Wanda Ochei Campus Lead firstname.lastname@example.org Wilke-Barre Jackie Piatt Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com Wilke-Barre Sarah Luvender Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org York Sarah Guillen Campus Lead email@example.com York Jane Pflaum Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org York Scott Simonds Alternative CoDEI Representative email@example.com World Campus Ashley Adams Alternative CoDEI Representative firstname.lastname@example.org World Campus Denita Wright Watson Campus Lead email@example.com Commonwealth Campus Support Dan Murphy N/A firstname.lastname@example.org
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.