Upcoming Program

For Multiracial Democracy: White Privilege, Racism and Why Racial Justice Means We All Get Free

September 26, 2017
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Penn State Scranton, Student Learning Center
K Bruce Sherbine Lounge

There is a fight for the soul of white America. The Alt-Right (a loose coalition of promoting racist, neo-nazi, and white supremacist ideologies) and some members of the current administration appear to want white people to live in fear, resentment, and isolation and to blame their pain and loss of economic security and hope for the future on people of color, women, Muslims, LGBTQ people and immigrants. Chris Crass is a longtime white anti-racist who has been working in white communities to challenge how racism turns white people away from democracy, and away from the humanity of people of color and ultimately their own humanity. Join us for this highly engaging and inspirational talk about how anti-racism and racial justice are at the heart of an expansive democracy rooted in an affirmation of, and commitment to, the worth and dignity of all people. Chris Crass believes that white people must reject racism and work against the violence and poison of it causes. This presentation helps people to embrace anti-racism and racial justice as catalysts to reclaim their own humanity, create healthy communities, restore hope, and work for just multiracial democracy.

Let’s All Get Free: Toxic Masculinity, Ending Rape Culture, and Why Men Need Feminism Too

September 27, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Penn State Hazleton, Kostos 1

Boys are raised to “act like a man,” suppressing all emotions other than anger, and taught to take control, which often means dominating others. Men are encouraged in a sexist society to possess and disrespect women and treat anything feminine as inferior to a masculine standard. There must be a critical examination of these aspects of social conditioning which have resulted in the epidemic of sexual assault and sexism in our communities and on our campuses. Institutionalized gender inequity must end, and men must take up the work to establish gender equity in our society. To engage in this work helps create healthier communities and relationships, and demands skill and courage. Gender equity frees everyone from the damage and pain that toxic masculinity creates.

Filed in: NEPDEC, RIGHT-COLUMN • Sunday, December 18th, 2016

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NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.