Diverse by example: Increasing diversity in academia

Nationally, just 6% of college and university faculty are Black. Today, the PA House Democratic Policy Committee, along with co-hosts state Reps. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, and Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., explored the topics of diversity and inclusion among academic faculty in Pennsylvania at a hearing in State College, PA.

On Feb. 2, 2022, the House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony from four panels that spoke to different personal experiences as faculty or steps being taken by Penn State and testing systems to make Pennsylvania faculty a more diverse body.

Host + Testifiers

  • Hosted by: Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, Chair of the Policy Committee, Rep. Gina H. Curry, and Rep. Stephen Kinsey
  • Testimony from:
    • Dr. Gary King, Professor Biobehavioral Health, Penn State College of Health and Human Development
    • Dr. Dominiqua Griffin, Alumni, Penn State University
    • Marcus Whitehurst, Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Penn State University
    • Kathleen Bieschke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Penn State Universit
    • Dr. Suzanne C. Adair, Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action, Penn State University
    • Julio Palma, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Penn State University - Fayette
    • Julie Reed, Associate Professor of Native American and American History, Penn State University Park
    • Jason Carter, Executive Director, Professional Educator Programs, Educational Testing Service
    • Malik McKinley, Director of Client Relations, Professional Educator Programs, Educational Testing Service

Agenda + Testimony

Media Release + News Coverage

Hearing Video + Photos