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Diversity Committee hosts event on poverty as a "minority" status in society

The Penn State Hazleton Faculty Diversity Committee is hosting a presentation on poverty as a “minority” status in our society by Dr. Linda Trompetter, executive director of the Northeastern PA Diversity Educational Consortium (NEPDEC), on Thursday, April 4, starting at 1:30 p.m. in 103 Butler. Trompetter’s address is titled “Class Matters: A Workshop in Myth-Busting.” The event is free and open to the public.

According to Trompetter, social class in America continues to be largely unexamined and little understood. Her discussion will explode common myths such as "America is a meritocracy," "America is a classless society," and "everyone in America is middle-class." Fact will clarify the realities of class in America, and participants will be encouraged to understand their own place in the social topography of America.

Trompetter earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Penn State, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After completing her doctorate, she completed studies and workshops with the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program and the National MultiCultural Institute in Washington, D.C. She has been an active diversity consultant, trainer, and curriculum designer since 1993.

 Tompetter has served as a professor of philosophy and director of women’s studies at Southeast Missouri State University and associate academic dean and director of graduate programs at Misericordia University.

While at Misericordia, she founded the Diversity Institute in 1992 and, in 1998, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, a 22-member regional educational resource that provides programming, training, and curricular planning to businesses, healthcare systems, school districts, colleges, and universities.

Now retired from Misercordia, she currently serves as director of NEPDEC, and president of Consult 4 Diversity.

For additional information, contact the Office of University Relations at 570-450-3180.

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