Committee on Justice and Equity


The Justice and Equity Committee is the UPUA’s newest standing committee in its fifteen-year history, which aims to address the real and paramount issues within the realm of disability services, educational equity, and instances of bias and discrimination. 

The committee pursues initiatives that pertain to: race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Moreover, we are charged with outreach to and the development of positive relationships with RSOs considered: international/multicultural, religious/spiritual, and residence hall special living options. Examples of organizations that we build relationships and collaborate with include, but are not limited to: Black Caucus, Latino Caucus, APIDA Caucus, and ISC. The committee also collaborates with religious and spiritual student organizations and the overarching Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development to ensure advocacy. Furthermore, the committee advocates with SLOs that fall into the jurisdiction of the Justice and Equity Committee that include, but are not limited to: ALLY House, Gender Neutral Housing, Global Engagement Community, First-Year Veterans, and WISE.

The Justice and Equity Committee also collaborates with various community groups to ensure full and complete student representation within student government. We encourage you attend any meetings and events hosted by the following community groups:

2020-2021 Academic Year

APIDA: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Caucus

Meetings Date and Time: [TBA]

Instagram: @psuapidacaucus

Black Caucus

Meetings Date and Time: Thursdays at 6:00 PM EST

Instagram: @psublackcaucus

ISC: International Student Council

Meeting Date and Time: Bi-weekly on Sundays at 10:00 AM EST

Instagram: @iscpennstate

Latino Caucus

Meetings Date and Time: Thursdays at 6:00 PM EST

Instagram: @psulatinocaucus

Lion PRIDE: Penn State Student Lion Pride Roundtable for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Meetings Date and Time: Thursdays at 7:00 PM EST

Twitter: @psu_lionpride


Leadership


Chair of Justice and Equity Committee:

Najee Rodriguez

justiceandequity@upua.org


Vice Chair of Outreach Committee:

Aarathi Kallur

N/A


Contact Information


All questions about the Committee on Justice and Equity can be sent to the Chair at justiceandequity@upua.org.