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Penn State Wilkes-Barre to host inaugural LGBTQIA+ symposium

Penn State Wilkes-Barre will host the first LBGTQIA+ Educational Symposium in conjunction with NEPA Pride Coalition on June 14. The event, headlined by keynote speaker Tony Brooks, a Wilkes-Barre city councilman, local historian and LBGTQIA+ advocate, will be held on campus from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Penn State campuses celebrate, commemorate Black History Month

The last week of February 2024 still offers a few events across campuses for Black History Month, including at Penn State Brandywine, Harrisburg, Dickinson Law, Lehigh Valley, Shenango, and York. In addition, several exhibits are still available to visitors at Penn State University Park, Brandywine and Harrisburg.
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Penn State Wilkes-Barre students take part in MLK Day of Service

Students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre participated in a service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor King’s life and legacy. The campus joined with the Wilkes-Barre NAACP, O’Donnell Law Firm, the Wilkes-Barre Health Department, and the Friedman Jewish Community Center to assemble blankets and collect canned goods that will be donated to Keystone Mission, Ruth’s Place and Sarah’s Table.
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‘Frederick Douglass Project’ free virtual event to be held Feb. 8

Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David will deliver a dramatic reading of a speech by the legendary 19th-century American abolitionist in “The Frederick Douglass Project.” The one-time virtual event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, via Zoom. It is co-presented by the Center for the Performing Arts and Theater of War Productions. The program is free, but registration is required.
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Penn State Wilkes-Barre hosts panel on women in law enforcement

Penn State Wilkes-Barre recently hosted a panel discussion titled “Women in Law Enforcement: Women’s Success and Challenges in Navigating Non-Traditional Roles.” The event, held in person and also livestreamed, featured three women who work in law enforcement sharing their experiences.