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#GivingTuesday to benefit social equity initiatives

The College of Education is participating in #GivingTuesday to raise $4,000 through at least 100 individual gifts in support of programs in the college's Office of Education and Social Equity (OESE).

The College of Education is participating in #GivingTuesday to raise $4,000 through at least 100 individual gifts in support of programs in the college's Office of Education and Social Equity (OESE). Click here to learn how you can be part of #GivingTuesday in the College of Education.

Giving Tuesday logoThis year's #GivingTuesday — which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 1 — marks the sixth year that Penn State has participated in the international celebration of philanthropy. This annual event is a way to give back during the holiday season and to help create impactful experiences for students.

Directed by Maria Schmidt, assistant dean for Education and Social Equity, the OESE provides underrepresented and marginalized students a sense of community and belonging, a safe space where they can be themselves.

The OESE promotes and values diversity and multiculturalism, infuses diversity across the curriculum and student experiences, facilitates access to post-secondary opportunities, supports the advancement of outstanding underrepresented educators, and works toward the greater diversification of the education profession.

This #GivingTuesday, as conversations about social equity unfold at the national level, and as Penn State affirms its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the College of Education seeks support for these and OESE’s other objectives:

  • Enhancing recruitment and retention of students from underserved and underrepresented/minoritized populations.
  • Enriching student academics, including integrated learning experiences that intentionally connect academics to intersectional identities and culture, student leadership development and co-curricular/hands-on experiences around social justice advocacy.
  • Creating and supporting anti-racist curriculum revision, professional training in creating conditions for just policies and practices to help minoritized students thrive.
  • Supporting the development, implementation, preservation and continuance of pre-college and college programs that close achievement and opportunity gaps for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented/underserved students.
  • Supporting pipeline programs that facilitate and increase college access and completion.

"The work we do is so important, and helps so many of our students be successful in their college careers and beyond. All donations on #GivingTuesday will help us, because it will be combined with other gifts to help us reach our goals," said Schmidt.

The day of giving highlights the achievements of faculty, staff and students across Penn State, seeks to raise funds for a variety of initiatives and is one of the University’s most successful fundraising efforts. Last year, Penn State’s #GivingTuesday celebration broke institutional records by generating more than 7,600 gifts in less than 48 hours. In total, the 2019 event raised more than $710,000 to benefit more than 85 University programs and initiatives.

Gifts made on #GivingTuesday 2020 will advance “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” a focused campaign that seeks to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections.

With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” seeks to fulfill the three key imperatives of a 21st-century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” visit