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April 2022

Disability Pedagogy Workshop: Accessibility in Undergraduate Classrooms

Workshop for CLA Graduate Students
Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2022
Time: 6-7:30pm ET
Zoom Registration Required:

The Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (GADI) is happy to host Dr. Liana Glew, who will lead a workshop for graduate students in the College of the Liberal Arts, on disability pedagogy. Specifically, the workshop will discuss how to facilitate and enact accessibility in undergraduate classrooms. Registration is capped at 25 participants, so sign up now! Questions can be directed to Terri Frasca, the GADI RA, at

Flyer advertising a disability pedagogy workshop led by Dr. Liana Glew



March 2022

Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Town Hall
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2022
Time: 6-7pm ET
Zoom Registration Required:

The Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (GADI) is happy to host our 1st annual Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall, which seeks to provide a forum for graduate students to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in the College of the Liberal Arts. The Town Hall will be structured with large and small-group discussion sessions, with the goal that graduate students discuss areas of improvement surrounding diversity and inclusion in the College, as well as brainstorm actionable solutions and initiatives. We hope to have great attendance from a wide variety of departments in the College, so please share widely! Registrants will also receive free swag, while supplies last. Questions can be directed to Terri Frasca, the GADI RA, at
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Life @ PSU Informational Panel for Prospective Grad Students
Date: Friday, March 4th, 2022
Time: 11am-12pm ET
Zoom Registration Required:

The Graduate Alliance for Diversity & Inclusion (GADI) is happy to host our 2nd annual Life @ PSU panel, which seeks to help prospective graduate students gain a better understanding of what it's like to live in State College as a member of a marginalized community. In this information session, attendees can ask current graduate students about the different community dynamics in State College, how easy it is to find things like international grocery stores or hairdressers who know how to cut 4c curls, and what the LGBTQ+ culture is like. Attendees should be students who are considering Penn State for graduate school, but they do not need to have accepted an offer from Penn State yet. Please share widely! Questions can be directed to Terri Frasca, the GADI RA, at



February 2022

Call for Nominations for the GADI Research & Service Awards

The Graduate Alliance for Diversity & Inclusion (GADI) is pleased to host the 2nd annual GADI Research & Service Awards! These awards seek to recognize graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion through their research and service. Awardees receive $250 for their work, and will be recognized at the GADI End-of-Year Celebration on April 21st, 2022. Their work will also be advertised on the GADI website and social media. Please visit for eligibility and nomination requirements (including a 500-word abstract) or see the attached instructions.  
Self-nominations for awards are welcome, as are nominations from graduate students, faculty, or staff. Nominations should be submitted by Friday, February 25, 2021 at 11:59pm ET to



October 2021

Call for Graduate Student Proposals on Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (GADI) and BRIDGE Diversity Alliance have collaborated on a project to provide funding to support College of the Liberal Arts graduate student initiatives aimed at improving the recruitment, retention, and leadership training of graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. These initiatives should address a need that the College cannot address without the voice of graduate students. This program provides an opportunity to directly involve current graduate students in the creation, development, and execution of programs dedicated to their own recruitment, retention, and leadership development.

Funds will be awarded to graduate student proposals on an annual basis, with a maximum of one large award ($1,000 max) and three to five small awards ($500 max for each) each year. Funding should support direct costs associated with the proposal (e.g., workshop materials or an honorarium for a speaker). The larger award will be given to proposals that prioritize cross- departmental proposals to encourage collaboration across departments.

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of graduate students from GADI and the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. After proposals are selected to receive funding, GADI will coordinate with the recipients to provide support with logistics and program implementation. GADI and/or the Associate Dean will also partner with the proposer to discuss efficient implementation or, if applicable, integration with ongoing programs.

Due date: Friday, November 19th,2021 by 11:59pm ET to . Please attach the proposal as a Word document and include “Graduate Student D&I Initiative Proposal” in the subject line.



  • Applicants must be graduate students within the College of Liberal Arts at the time of submitting the funding application and expenditure of the funds;
  • Proposals must focus on the recruitment, retention, and/or leadership development of historically underrepresented groups, or those interested in issues of diversity and inclusion;
  • Proposal applications may be completed by individual graduate students or groups of graduate students.


Proposals should include:

  • The name(s) and department(s)/program(s) of all project team members;
  • A summary of the proposed project and what graduate student needs would be
  • addressed by the proposal (500-1000 words);
  • A proposed timeline of implementation, if selected;
  • A list of any Penn State offices/departments that might co-sponsor the program;
  • An itemized budget proposal






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