Six Members of the Penn State Board of Trustees Meet for Town Hall Discussion about Diversity and Inclusion

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Nov. 16, 2016 – Six members of the Penn State Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hintz Alumni Center for a Town Hall meeting about diversity and inclusion at Penn State.

The meeting began with a brief introduction from moderator, UPUA President, Terry Ford.. After a brief introduction from Ford,  each trustee shared their individual stories regarding diversity and inclusion. After this, Ford opened the floor to questions from the audience.

One of the first questions asked was “What next?” Allison Goldstein, a Governor appointed trustee responded to this question by saying that she plans on “continuing [diversity and inclusive] events and looking at our university. [Diversity and inclusion] are starting to become a part of the fiber of the university.”

Students from the commonwealth campuses also asked questions, one of them included “what is the board’s view on the accessibility of education?” One trustee answered this question by stating, “If the student’s are coming towards us for academic credentials, we push development action towards scholarships for deserving students.”

Other questions from University Park and Commonwealth Students included hate crimes, the results of the recent election, and keeping the Board of Trustees accountable.

To conclude the evening, Pavel Shusharin, President, Council of Commonwealth Student Governments and Ford, summarized the event by saying that the questions asked could not have been more fitting for the occasion.

The Town Hall was  live streamed by WPSU to the other Commonwealth campuses and it was recorded so that it could me made available to those who were unable to attend.


The University Park Undergraduate Association works to provide students representation at the highest levels of administration and build programs to the benefit of undergraduates at University Park.

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