Courtney Lennartz, president of the University Park Undergraduate Association, has set up a diversity awareness task force in response to the surfacing of a photo depicting members of a sorority that has garnered response from multicultural organizations across the university.
Lennartz (senior-health policy and administration) said the idea of a diversity awareness task force had been on the minds of UPUA members since the Penn State Student Black Caucus and Penn State chapter of the NAACP approached them about an incident involving blackface.
The task force is moving quickly, with a meeting set up for 7:30 p.m. Friday in room 22 in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
Lennartz said she wanted the task force to meet at least once before the semester ended.
The administration has been made aware of the task force and encouraged the action and are happy students are taking action, Lennartz said.
The task force is a “open invitation and open-ended,” Lennartz said.
Any student leader is welcome to attend the meeting Friday.
The meeting will focus on setting up objectives and goals for the rest of the year.
“The most important [objective] is setting up the conversation,” Lennartz said.
Read Friday's edition of The Daily Collegian for more details.