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University Joins Marywood to Raise Diversity Awareness

University Joins Marywood to Raise Diversity Awareness
Workshop co-organizers Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., left, and Samantha Christiansen, Ph.D., right, join workshop facilitators from Border Crossers Nayantara Sen and Lyudmila (“Luda”) Bryzzheva, center.

The University has teamed up with Marywood University to increase campus diversity awareness along with feelings of safety and inclusion. 

One initiative in the partnership was a workshop at Scranton titled, “Talking About Race in the Classroom and Campus.” 

The workshop was part of a grant program by the University and Marywood that fosters faculty communication and collaboration, and resulted from a joint proposal by Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Scranton; Samantha Christiansen, Ph.D., assistant professor of Asian history and director of women’s studies at Marywood; Justine Johnson, director of the Cross Cultural Centers at Scranton, and Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D., director of the Office of Diversity Efforts at Marywood. 

Faculty from Marywood, Scranton and Lackawanna College participated. 

“I was delighted by the enthusiastic response from faculty and staff willing to come in, basically unpaid, over summer break to learn skills to make our campuses more inclusive,” said Dr. Christiansen, workshop co-organizer. “I think this is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff to proactively build a climate that respects and values diversity.”

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