Inclusive Excellence Events

Inclusive Excellence events at Lebanon Valley College capture competencies which challenge students on personal, social, and global levels, namely ethical decision-making and global learning on and beyond the campus.

Sustained Interfaith Dialogues
Join us for any of six Sustained Interfaith Dialogues this year: Scientific Advances in Cloning and Genetics, Sept. 22; , Euthanasia for the Young, Oct. 13; Evolution, Nov. 17; The Media, Jan. 26; Sustaining the Faith, Feb. 16; The End of Society, Mar. 22.

Hispanic Heritage Events
Lebanon Valley College will host a variety of free on-campus events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Beginning with a film ("Instructions Not Included" on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.);  Trivia Night held on Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. in the Mund Living Room featuring rounds on Hispanic Heritage and LGBT awareness. Coffee session at Cafe Con Leche, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. in the Mund Living Room. Concluding with a presentation by Dr. Melissa Fuster on "Puerto Rican 'Food on the Move'", Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Vernon and Bishop Library. Questions and comments: or

Third Annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence
The third annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence was held on January 21, 2016. The Symposium encouraged students and staff to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community. The Symposium featured a keynote speaker, Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, presentation of the President's Service Award, educational sessions, service opportunities, and remarks from LVC President Dr. Lewis E. Thayne.

Black History Month
The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a variety of programming in conjunction with various student organizations throughout the month of February. Be The Match, a bone marrow registry drive and a Melonmane Vibes concert are two major events highlighting LVC's celebration of Black History Month. Additional events include tables during meals in Mund College Center promoting upcoming events and the plight of residents in Flint, Mich., Dessert and Dialogue with Freedom Rings featuring films such as "Pariah" and "Blackbird." Black Student Union is co-sponsoring Black History Knowledge and Trivia night and a workshop about the evolution of black hair, Standards of Beauty Workshop: Behind The Afro.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Lebanon Valley College’s Office of Spiritual Life hosted the students of the Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute of Harrisburg for a celebration of the Lunar New Year in the College’s Blair Music Center on Sunday, Feb. 7. Select students at the College shared their experiences in celebration of the holiday, which is part of Chinese, Korean, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cultures.

2014-2015 Events
Gender Colloquium Series

The 2014-2015 Gender Colloquium Series explores and affirms many values of inclusive excellence as they relate to gender. “Gender actively and passively shapes our shared destinies. More than an idea, its practice and performance unfold within the constellations of biology and culture, bodies and institutions. In the face of powerful social conventions and the culturally constructed binaries of "male" and "female," "masculine" and "feminine," the complexities of gender challenge us to think beyond the genus, to reach beyond the type and category, and to step into the spectrum of being and becoming.” Visit the Colloquium website for the complete list of gender programming.

Intergroup Dialogue on Race Film Series
The Intergroup Dialogue on Race course includes a film series on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Chapel 101. Each film will be followed by a discussion. The films include "12 Years a Slave" on Sept. 3, "The Butler" on Sept. 10, "Precious Knowledge" on Sept. 24, "Smoke Signals" on Oct. 1 (in Lynch 167), "White Like Me" on Oct. 15, and "Fruitvale Station" on Oct. 29.

Community Service Fair
Learn about opportunities to give back to the community at the annual Community Service Fair on Sept. 10, 4:30-6 p.m. on the Social Quad.

Study Abroad Fair & Info Sessions
Learn about various study abroad destinations and talk with students who have visited those countries and programs at the Study Abroad Fair Sept. 15-18. Info sessions take place throughout the fall and spring semester; see for more information.

Sustained Interfaith Dialogues
Join us for any of six Sustained Interfaith Dialogues this year: Gender Roles, Sept. 16; Gender and Equality, Oct. 21; Medical Ethics: End-of-Life Decision Making, Nov. 18; Medical Ethics: Case Study, Jan. 20; Ecological Ethics: Traditional Impacts, Feb. 17; Cultivating Ecological Ethics in a Material World, Mar. 17.

Women’s Leadership Symposium
Lebanon Valley College will host the annual Women's Leadership Symposium on Sept. 20, 2014 in Zimmerman Recital Hall and Neidig Garber Science Center. The purpose of this event is to bring undergraduate women together to network with one another as well as campus and local female leaders. The symposium allows participants to strengthen their leadership ability and build community. Click here for more information.

Hispanic Heritage Events
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage, Lebanon Valley College will present a film series ("Clemente," on Sept. 15, "La ciudad sin limites" on Sept. 22, and "Instructions Not Included" on Sept. 29); "The Day of the Dead (El dia de los muertos)" art exhibit in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery; a lecture by Dr. Sandra Aguilar titled "Celebrating the Dead: A Living Tradition" on Nov. 4; a lecture by Jim Nikas titled "José Guadalupe Posada: Calaveras and Social Commentary" on Nov. 18; and a sugar skull and "ofrenda" workshop on Oct. 10. All activities are free and open to the public. Questions and comments: or

Rosh Chodesh: A Celebration in Supper, Story, and Song
All are invited to a celebration of the Jewish festival of Rosh Chodesh on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. in Mund College Center. Through good food, inspirational story, and the beautiful music of the Old World Folk Band, we'll learn about this traditional expression of appreciation for women and the new moon. To register, call 717-867-6135 or e-mail

The Frank Schaefer Project: Curio Theater of Philadelphia
Plans are being laid to bring the world premiere of this play about the life and witness of Lebanon County's Rev. Frank Schaefer to Miller Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. To register, call 717-867-6135 or e-mail

Workshop and Concert: African-American Spirituals & Gospel Music
Dr. Tony Leach, faculty of music at Penn State University, will conduct two morning workshops at Annville UMC on the choral singing of spirituals and Gospel music before leading a group in rehearsal, all leading up to a public concert on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. that evening in Miller Chapel. To register, call 717-867-6135 or e-mail

Vidya Lala '16 Reflects on Student Summit on Inclusive Excellence
Within minutes of receiving my nomination letter to be a part of the Student Summit on Inclusive Excellence, I immediately accepted the invitation without a second thought. Only afterwards did I consider the fact that this event conflicted with my night class, but instead of deterring my participation, I realized this momentous event was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was granted the privilege to be a part of something beyond my personal aspirations, as I would be advocating goals that affect a larger community. Selfishly, I have also recognized that attending speakers and events that are not strictly within a classroom setting enables the learning of a unique knowledge, one that cannot be acquired during traditional lectures. To read Vidya's complete reflection, click here.

The Student Summit on Inclusive Excellence - Building a Better Campus
The Lebanon Valley College Student Summit on Inclusive Excellence was an initiative held in November to empower students and promote acceptance and tolerance on campus. Through talking openly about campus problems, students were able to better perceive how change could be made. Nineteen students were administered a test regarding campus climate and privilege as a byproduct of gender, race, and sexuality. After the test was taken, students were organized into small groups, called “clusters,” participated in several group activities, and were encouraged to engage in open discussion with their peers about issues on campus. To view full story, click here.

Lebanon Valley College to Host Dr. Michael Kimmel for Symposium on Inclusive Excellence
Lebanon Valley College’s 2014-15 Colloquium Series dedicated to the theme of Gender, in collaboration with the Symposium on Inclusive Excellence, presented Dr. Michael Kimmel as its keynote speaker. Dr. Kimmel’s talk, “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millennium,” headlined a full day of events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Sorrentino Gymnasium of Lebanon Valley College. This event was open to the public. Dr. Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is a distinguished professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. To view story, click here. To view Dr. Kimmel's talk, click here.

Lebanon Valley College Hosted Second Symposium on Inclusive Excellence
Lebanon Valley College students and staff took a break from their traditional class schedules on Monday, Jan. 19 to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This second annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence included morning programming and community service, a community luncheon, afternoon keynote speaker and presentation of the President’s Award for Community Service, and evening programming and continued dialogue surrounding the day’s activities. Click here to view full story.

President’s Award for Community Service Presented to C.U.R.E.
Lebanon Valley College’s Symposium on Inclusive Excellence on Jan. 19 celebrated the College’s commitment to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community. During the afternoon program, President Lewis E. Thayne, Ph.D., presented the 2015 President’s Award for Community Service to C.U.R.E., the College’s student-run free physical therapy clinic. Physical therapy students who volunteer with C.U.R.E. provide pro bono physical therapy services to those in the community that are uninsured or under-insured, a service that they would not be able to acquire otherwise. To view full story, click here.

2013-2014 Events
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lebanon Valley College held its first Symposium on Inclusive Excellence in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January 2014. Students and staff took a break from their traditional class schedules on Monday, Jan. 20 to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community. The Symposium included two morning sessions, a community luncheon, and an afternoon speaker.
Read student reflections here >>
View Symposium photos here >>
Read President Thayne's remarks here >>

Unity Week
Lebanon Valley College celebrated its 10th Annual Unity Week February 3-9. The week’s activities began Monday, Feb. 3 with the first “Creating Inclusive Communities” discussions in the residence halls, lead by students who participated in the 2014 Social Justice Institute last month.
View the week's activities here >>

Hispanic Heritage
In October and November for the past four years, Lebanon Valley College’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration has sought to bring rich experiences to campus highlighted the ethnic background of so many LVC students. Celebratory programming has included a film series, concert, salsa workshop, panel discussion, networking opportunity, and a concluding “Noche Caribena” event.
Learn about the upcoming art exhibit as part of 2014 Hispanic Heritage programming >>

Freedom Week
Celebrating its 20th year at LVC in 2014, Freedom Week takes place in March and is organized by members of the student organization Freedom Rings. The week is filled with activities that promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) awareness, including an annual production of "The Vagina Monologues," a screening of "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and numerous guest speakers.
View the activities for 2014>>

Sustained Interfaith Dialogues
Sustained Dialogues are conducted at colleges and universities across the U.S. The dialogues at LVC are designed to enhance religious literacy and further the mission of the College "to enable our students to become people of broad vision" and "to enhance their sensitivity to and appreciation of differences among human beings."
View upcoming dialogue topics here >>  

Lecture by Duquesne University Professor Dr. George Yancy
Dr. George Yancy presented "Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms" Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall. Yancy is the author or editor of 15 books and two-time award winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Prize. He works primarily in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, and philosophy of the Black experience. He is particularly interested in the formation of African-American philosophical thought as articulated within the social context and historical space of anti-Black racism, African-American agency, and identity formation. His current work has focused on the theme of whiteness and how it constitutes a site of embedded social reality and a site of opacity. He links these two foci to such themes as white subject formation, white epistemic ways of knowing/not knowing, privilege and hegemony, and forms of white spatial bonding as processes of white solidarity and interpellation.

Student Initiatives
Joining a national movement that began at Harvard University, Lebanon Valley College students produced a video titled "I Too Am LVC."
Watch the video on YouTube>>