The Crossing Bridges Summit

Program Overview 

The Crossing Bridges Summit is one of our signature programs in which students, faculty, and staff engage with community members to address racial divides in the Mon Valley.

The Crossing Bridges Summit is comprised of five key areas:

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Speaker Series

The Speaker Series invites prominent local and national figures to offer different perspectives on questions of race and racism in the United States and the Mon Valley. During the 2021 - 2022 academic year, our Speaker Series will examine Policing through the Voices of Activists and Scholars, Citizens and Victims, Representatives of The Judicial System, and Police.  

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Summit Talks

Summit Talks occur after the Speakers Series event.  Faculty, staff, students and community members join discussion leaders to consider our speakers' major points.  Participants identify actionable items the campus will pursue as it works to be an agent for positive change.  

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Unity Talks

Our student-led campus-based discussions focus on topics that emerge from student dialogue about race and racism. Unity Talks engage students, faculty, and staff in honest dialogue about issues that concern students.

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Visiting Scholar

The Visiting Scholar Series brings intellectuals, artists, activists and others to campus for a yearlong engagement to include teaching, community outreach, research, and/or creative performance.  Dr. Tom Poole, a civil rights scholar with extensive work in educational equity is the current Visiting Scholar. 

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Task Force on Racial Equity and Justice

Our Task Force on Racial Equity and Justice works to create a community in which individuals can thrive and be successful. The Task Force is responsible for examining curriculum and programming and making recommendations to ensure that all members of the campus community develop an understanding of racial justice, racism and its impact on society.  The Task Force also makes recommendations on professional development offerings for employees and works to ensure that students have equitable access to an education at Penn State Greater Allegheny.