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.

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

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>>