Inclusive Excellence Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Lebanon Valley College held its first Symposium on Inclusive Excellence in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January 2014. Students and staff took a break from their traditional class schedules on Monday, Jan. 20 to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community. The Symposium included two morning sessions, a community luncheon, and an afternoon speaker.
Read student reflections here >>
View Symposium photos here >>
Read President Thayne's remarks here >>

Unity Week
Lebanon Valley College celebrated its 10th Annual Unity Week February 3-9. The week’s activities began Monday, Feb. 3 with the first “Creating Inclusive Communities” discussions in the residence halls, lead by students who participated in the 2014 Social Justice Institute last month.
View the week's activities here >>

Hispanic Heritage
In October and November for the past four years, Lebanon Valley College’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration has sought to bring rich experiences to campus highlighted the ethnic background of so many LVC students. Celebratory programming has included a film series, concert, salsa workshop, panel discussion, networking opportunity, and a concluding “Noche Caribena” event.
Learn about the upcoming art exhibit as part of 2014 Hispanic Heritage programming >>

Freedom Week
Celebrating its 20th year at LVC in 2014, Freedom Week takes place in March and is organized by members of the student organization Freedom Rings. The week is filled with activities that promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) awareness, including an annual production of "The Vagina Monologues," a screening of "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and numerous guest speakers.
View the activities for 2014>>

Sustained Interfaith Dialogues
Sustained Dialogues are conducted at colleges and universities across the U.S. The dialogues at LVC are designed to enhance religious literacy and further the mission of the College "to enable our students to become people of broad vision" and "to enhance their sensitivity to and appreciation of differences among human beings."
View upcoming dialogue topics here >>  

Lecture by Duquesne University Professor Dr. George Yancy
Dr. George Yancy presented "Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms" Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall. Yancy is the author or editor of 15 books and two-time award winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Prize. He works primarily in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, and philosophy of the Black experience. He is particularly interested in the formation of African-American philosophical thought as articulated within the social context and historical space of anti-Black racism, African-American agency, and identity formation. His current work has focused on the theme of whiteness and how it constitutes a site of embedded social reality and a site of opacity. He links these two foci to such themes as white subject formation, white epistemic ways of knowing/not knowing, privilege and hegemony, and forms of white spatial bonding as processes of white solidarity and interpellation.

Student Initiatives
Joining a national movement that began at Harvard University, Lebanon Valley College students produced a video titled "I Too Am LVC."
Watch the video on YouTube>>