PennWest Clarion Student Senate and Office of Equity and Title IX will host the annual Equity Dinner and Awards Ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 in the multi-purpose-room of Gemmell Student Center.

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Community Award, Outstanding Supporter, Outstanding Employee, Outstanding Student and Special Group. Eligible nominees are faculty, staff or students who exemplify qualities of equity, social justice, civility, fairness, compassion and equality in either an academic or organizational setting. Clarion County residents may also be nominated for the Outstanding Community Award.

A Presidential Award will also be given. Eligible nominees are faculty, staff or students whose research, teaching or service in cultural and societal differences exemplifies the goals of equity, diversity and inclusion.

To nominate a person or group for any of the awards, access the form here and submit it by Oct. 18 via email to or in person in 423 Becht Hall.

Dr. Jane Walsh, associate professor of sociology, will be guest speaker. She earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh for her doctoral work organizing the structure that launched the Coalition of Immokalee Workers – a small farmworker organization in southwest Florida – into a national Fair Food movement. Currently, she is working with a research team affiliated with the Collaboratory Against Hate on a project titled “Viral Racism on TikTok.” She lives in Pittsburgh with her spouse and two daughters.

The dinner and ceremony are free and open to the public. RSVP to Barb Funk at