2014 Diversity Conference

The Changing Diversity Footprint:
Taking Purposeful S.T.E.P.S. to make a difference!
Striving Towards Equity, Progress, and Sustainability

Saturday, April 5, 2014
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Slep Student Center

The S.T.E.P.S. Conference provides a unique opportunity to engage in a conversation about diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of society. This is a one-day event that will take place at Penn State Altoona from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. There is no fee for participating in this conference but we ask that attendees register early due to limited space.

The Diversity Leadership Conference is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Mosaic Committee, the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and International Student Services, and Mount Aloysius Office of Student Affairs.

Conference Goals:

  1. The Conference seeks to bring together scholars, policy makers, students, and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community.
  2. The Conference will be a place for speaking about diversity in practical and everyday realities in organizations, communities and civic life.
  3. The Conference will examine the concepts, discuss pressing issues, and explore modes of diversity in real-life situations of living together in community.

Who Should Attend?

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Parents
  • Community Leaders



8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions
Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center

9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Joshua Fredenberg
Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Conference Session One — See conference program

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Conference Session Two — See conference program

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch and Student Panel Discussion
Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center


Joshua Fredenburg

Joshua Fredenburg

Joshua Fredenburg is a National Speaker, Author, Leadership Expert, and Generation Y Television Commentator that is on a mission to empower at least 1 BILLION LEADERS WORLDWIDE with effective leadership, career, relationship, and success strategies that will enable them to make a positive impact in their community, nation, and world!

For the past seven years, Joshua has appeared as a television guest on BET, the Wayne Brady Show, the KTLA Morning Show in Los Angeles, the Daily Buzz Nation Morning Show, and many other familiar radio and television programs throughout the country. He has also served as a dynamic Keynote Speaker in 42 different states for lectures, leadership conferences, retreats, and trainings at high schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, and different corporate events.

In addition to his successful speaking and television career, Joshua has published four books and has developed an annual national leadership conference, Circle of Change Leadership Conference, that prepares student leaders in college for executive-level leadership positions after graduation and connects student leaders with executives from companies such as Pepsi, Columbia Pictures, Hewlett Packard, CNN, UPS, MTV, VH-1, NBC Universal, IBM, Warner Brothers, Chipotle, Disney, and Fox to name a few. He also mentors and coaches student leaders throughout the country, writes a popular monthly newsletter on issues that revolves around leadership, career, and relationship success, is pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern College, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Lois Swan Leadership Center at California State University, Long Beach.

As a keynote speaker, Joshua has been well received by a variety of different audiences for his amazing energy, inspiring and engaging messages, insightful wisdom and knowledge about leadership and his strong commitment to helping emerging and seasoned leaders become great leaders of the 21st Century. He has also been very popular amongst high school and college audiences because of his positive attitude, exciting presentations, authentic message and his strong ability to connect and make his message relatable to diverse audiences throughout the country.

Directions, Maps, and More

GPS - Ivyside Campus - Juniata Gap entrance
40° 32' 20.2" N, 078° 24' 35.7" W

Call for Papers

The call for papers will close on March 24, 2014. The S.T.E.P.S. Conference seeks to provide an international, inter- and trans-disciplinary platform for exchange of ideas in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in society. The conference welcomes participation and presentations by academics, policy makers, and practitioners. We welcome submissions for proposal that make empirical, theoretical, practical or methodological contribution to our understanding of diversity.

Each presentation sessions will be 45 minutes long.


Suggested Strands for presentation and poster sessions:

  1. Globalization
  2. Race Relations
  3. Identity, Belonging
  4. Contemporary Issues of Equity, Access, and Inclusion
  5. Learning, Education, Training
  6. Other Diversity Related Issues

The above are only suggested strands. If your proposal does not fit into any one of these strands, please submit it under G- Other Diversity Related Issues.