President’s Commission on Diversity Annual Report 2010-11

Plymouth State University is a community that takes pride in celebrating diversity and embracing differences among all people. Diversity is one of our core values, and we have a long-standing commitment to being a vibrant, inclusive, and multicultural community.

Because PSU is a student-centered institution, our priorities guide us to prepare students for life in a diverse world and to help them gain a global perspective.

A Better Campus (ABC) is a movement that asks each of us how we can create a better campus for everyone. ABC calls us to integrate PSU’s motto, Ut prosim, into our interactions with the community, so that we lead with a sense of service to each other.

The President’s Commission on Diversity is interested in supporting campus and community efforts that further our mission through funding for diversity events.

We also strive to create an environment that values and supports diversity, equity, and inclusiveness across our community. We are dedicated to providing learning experiences and fostering the constructive discussion of a range of opinions in order to promote enhanced understanding and respect for all people.

Campus Diversity Resources

Faculty Resource Page

Here Plymouth State University faculty will find links to articles, websites, and ideas on diversity and multicultural education.

  • Diversity Framework for Teacher Education at Plymouth State University
  • PSU Counsel of Teacher Education Conceptual Framework
  • NCATE Standards; Diversity is Standard Four.
  • Sample exhibits for NCATE accredited schools.

Annual Programs

Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 through October 15, PSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events that recognize the cultures, contributions, and histories of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States and abroad.

Queer Awareness Month

In October PSU’s celebrates Queer Awareness Month. Initiated by the Queer Council, the month’s events highlight contemporary queer issues, culture, and identity.

Black History Month

Our February celebration brings together our Black Student Union, S.A.G.E. Center, A Better Campus and various other entities to put on educational lectures, show movies and provide social opportunities to celebrate and remember the past, present and future of Black cultures within the United States.

Women’s History Month

This March celebration brings together AWARE, the S.A.G.E. Center, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Studies classes and other entities to celebrate the accomplishments of women.

Gender Awareness Week

This celebration recognizes the contributions of transgender and gender variant individuals and helps the campus consider how to be better allies to this community. The candlelight vigil on Transgender Day of Remembrance is a highlight of the week.

International Education Week

This week recognizes the cultures of our international student population, and includes a parade of flags around campus and a cooking competition.

Pride Week

PSU Pride celebrates queer culture and includes favorite events such as Big Gay Tie Dye Day, the Day of Silence and the Drag Show.

Lavender Graduation

An annual celebration of LGBTQ graduating seniors in front of their community. This beloved ceremony has been happening for five years and gets bigger each year.