PPEM graduate student diligently promotes cultural diversity at Penn State
Posted: December 12, 2012
Brian Aynardi, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology, and Faculty Senate representative for the Penn State Graduate Student Association
At the most recent Student Leader's Roundtable meeting, students from numerous culturally diverse backgrounds expressed great anger not only towards the recent actions of a Penn State sorority that brought negative national attention to the Penn State community once again, but to the overall problems at Penn State regarding the inadequate education with regards to cultural diversity. During the discussion, President Rodney Erickson suggested that the students also raise their concerns about racism and ignorance towards culturally diverse groups with the Faculty Senate. As a member of the Faculty Senate, Brian offered to address the Faculty Senate on behalf of the students. He also was named the chair of the Policy Committee at the recent, first ever, meeting of the UPUA Diversity Task Force, a group of students who have gathered to change the way Penn State students treat one another from culturally diverse backgrounds. The recommendations from dialogue within this group and that of the conversation at the Student Leader's Roundtable meeting will be the focal point of his address to the Senate on January 29, 2013.