Since its formation last year, Penn State Scranton's Student Organization of Latinos has quickly become one of the most popular groups on campus, with a membership of 60-plus students and growing. The group co-sponsored a successful virtual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a signature event featuring a guest speaker, campus alumnus and Brazilian immigrant Allan Souza, as well as a presentation by the group’s officers.
Penn State Scranton, the Greater Scranton MLK Commission, and local colleges are presenting “Talking About Racism: A Community Conversation,” a three-part series of virtual talks designed to provide a space for community members to listen, learn and work toward a more racially equitable future.
Penn State Scranton is observing National Hispanic Heritage Month with a schedule of special programs. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15, the campus will host three Hispanic Heritage Month-themed virtual events culminating with an official observance of the month on Friday, Sept. 25.
Recently, the campus honors program hosted a presentation featuring the unique cultural perspectives of four foreign-born students: Christian Toussaint, a junior originally from Haiti; Fagr Mahana, a sophomore from Egypt; Huynh (Quinn) Nguyen, a sophomore from Vietnam; and Nimrod Chapo, a freshman from Israel.
Two new workshops are available for Penn State Scranton students: one for students in the LGBTQA+ community to meet and provide support for fellow students, and one on learning how to increase mindfulness and reduce stress.
Campus recipient for the 2020 Excellence in Diversity, Dr. Ray Petren, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies (right), pictured with Chancellor Marwan Wafa during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration and awards luncheon on January 20, 2020.
Recipient for the 2020 Excellence in Diversity Community Award, Glynnis Johns, The Black Scranton Project (right), pictured with Chancellor Marwan Wafa during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration and awards luncheon on January 20, 2020.