Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Commitment to an Inclusive Community

At Millersville University of Pennsylvania, we hold that an inclusive community is a core value that is an essential part of the foundation for our community.  Millersville is firmly committed to supporting and advancing the diversity of its campus community.  We see diversity as being a characteristic of the community and all its constituents, rather than representing an individual deviation from society's perceived historical norms.  We believe that the University is enhanced by fostering a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and friends.  It is part of the University's mission to provide its members with the skills, awareness, and understandings of different backgrounds that are necessary to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community.

To that end, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, within its authority, further commits to ensuring an environment that is inclusive and respectful of all people, and expects equal and non-hostile treatment of any person or group by all on the basis of: race or ethnicity; gender; sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; campus status (i.e., student, faculty, or staff); marital status; age; religion or belief system; persons with disabilities; or national background or origin.


Revised: October 21, 2010

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Millersville University Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion is to foster a university climate that promotes racial and cultural diversity.  The Commission actively supports university policies, practices, and programs that address the issues pertaining to cultural diversity and underrepresented racial groups.

By Laws

I.  Purposes and Functions

A.  To explore, facilitate and advocate ways to expand racial and cultural diversity in the Millersville community and the community at large, including but not limited to the areas of employment practices, student recruitment, academic and student life, and academic offerings.

B.  To advise the President of the University on all matters pertaining to cultural and underrepresented groups, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

C.  To act as a liaison between the President and administrative officers, students, faculty, support staff, and university organizations, with respect to matters pertaining to racial and cultural diversity.

D.  To monitor the efforts of Millersville University and to assist it in achieving racial and cultural diversity.View More

Meeting Schedule

General Meetings

Our meetings will be held in the University Room of Bolger Conference Center at Millersville University.

Dinner begins promptly at 5:00 p.m.

  • February 10, 2014
  • March 10, 2014
  • April 7, 2014
  • May 12, 2014

Executive Meetings

Our meetings will be held in the front conference room of the Delaware House (104 N. George Street) from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

  • February 4, 2014
  • March 4, 2014
  • April 1, 2014
  • May 6, 2014

Membership Roster

Ms. Jan Bechtel Community
Dr. Sherlynn Bessick Learning Services
Dr. Changfu Chang Communications & Theatre

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List of Committees

Community Outreach:

Its responsibilities shall include: developing and maintaining liaison with members of the surrounding community; as well as developing and implementing programs with the community which address mutual concerns with on-campus underrepresented racial and cultural groups and garnering the support of the community as necessary to support mutual concerns on -campus. View More

Excellence & Equity Award


The Excellence and Equity Award will be given annually by the Millersville university Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion to individuals or groups, within or outside the University Community, for outstanding achievement in the promotion of excellence and equity.

The nominee(s) may be any individual, organization, group, or department of the university or community.  Prospective recipients for this award may be nominated by an individual, group or organization, department of the University, or Lancaster County community.View More

Funding Policy

Statement of Purpose and Guidelines

The President's Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion is committed to supporting and facilitating programs that help create, sustain or promote a climate that fosters cultural diversity on campus and within the broader community. The President's Commission on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion also welcomes proposals that contribute to policy developments that impact
and enrich the educational experience of students. Funding does not cover food or lodging expenses.

Funding is subject to the availability of funds and not to exceed $500.00 for single day events and not to exceed $1000.00 for multi-day events.

Types of programs qualifying for consideration:

  1. Programs that bring speakers, artistic ensembles, and other performances to the campus.
  2. Participation in research, performances, or competitions as a presenter or competitor.
  3. Attendance at conferences, symposia, and other meetings.
  4. Field trips to museums, galleries, theatres, and other cultural settings.View More