Finding Your Path
Finding Your Path is a speaker series that emphasizes the informal reflections of faculty and staff members on their personal journeys and intellectual passions. The goal of this program is to give students, especially students from underrepresented groups, role models to open their view of the diverse world and motivate their college career.
Finding Your Path: Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood
Dr. Brown-Haywood is the Director of Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus. She also serves as an affiliate graduate faculty member in the school of Behavioral Sciences and Education and on the professional counseling team at Penn State. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Dr. Brown-Haywood is an ordained minister and serves as Associate Pastor at the Beulah Baptist Church in Steelton, PA. She is co-owner with her husband Reginald Haywood of Hairliners Beauty Studio which they have operated for more than 25 years. They have 6 children and 10 grandchildren.
Dr. Brown-Haywood travels throughout the United States presenting in a multitude of venues including public and private schools, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, churches, mosques, synagogues, corporate America, small business’ and community organizations. How she presents the message varies, but the message is always the same - building synergistic communities by equipping individuals for purposeful living. Her motto is “planting seeds for life.”
Finding Your Path: Professor Joel Weiss
Joel A Weiss was born in Manhattan and grew up in Queens, New York surrounded by diversity but challenged by shyness and a stutter.
In 1961 he completed a BS degree in Speech from NYU having majored in both speech arts and sciences. He began to teach in NYC and later served in the Army Medical Corps as a Social Work Technician with the Psychiatrist and Social Worker, and provided speech therapy to military personnel and their families during the Viet Nam War.
Accepted as a PhD candidate, he completed his MA in speech pathology at NYU. He arrived at Penn State Altoona in the Fall of 1999. He teaches four CAS courses here, has been active on the Teaching-Learning Consortium, consulted with SIFE, and currently serves on the Campus Senate. He received our Outstanding Lecturer Award in 2008.
He believes strongly that luck and success arrive when one is prepared for opportunity.
Finding Your Path: Dr. Roselyn Costantino
Dr. Roselyn Costantino is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Women's Studies. She teaches feminist theory, Latin American Studies, and Spanish language and literature. Her recent research focuses on the politics of women's cultural production in Latin America, especially Mexico and Guatemala, and women's social organization and struggles against gender violence. Dr. Costantino recently spent 6 months in Guatemala as a Fulbright Scholar; she taught Feminist Thought in the Social Sciences in Latin America (Universidad del Valle Guatemala), and worked with grassroots women's organizations and NGOs that address issues indigenous Maya and ladina women face: sustainable development, legislative and judiciary reform, midwifery, youth peer training, access to education and medical care, and gender violence and impunity. While researching women's organizational strategies, she also lectured in rural highlands and urban centers, and was a featured guest on radio and tv news programs, and at UN agencies. Dr. Costantino co-edited, Holy Terrors. Latin American Women Perform (Duke UP 2005); recent publications include "Femicide, Impunity, and Citizenship: the Struggle for Social Justice in Guatemala," "Guatemaltecas: From Victims of Sexual Violence to Architects of Empowerment," and "Violence Against Women and Asylum Seeking: Global Problems and Local Practices." In addition to presenting her research nationally and internationally (Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Japan, Spain, D.R. Guatemala, Argentina, Wales, Italy), Dr. Costantino advocates for women seeking asylum in the US due to domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Finding Your Path: Mr. Moses Davis
Growing up as the youngest of 11 children in Detroit, Moses knew very early in life that he needed to find his path. Through guidance and mentoring from wonderful people, he earned his BA in Secondary English Education and Spanish from Western Michigan University, an MA in Higher Education Administration from New York University, and is currently finishing up his Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development at Penn State University.
Moses is a true believer that each of us has the ability to change the world and leave a lasting legacy for those who come after us. He is an advocate for social change and is an educator in diversity and social justice.
Moses lives in State College and is excited about sharing his path with you and helping you find your path!
Finding Your Path: Dr. Lee Ann De Reus
Lee Ann De Reus is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Women Studies. As a scholar activist, she travels annually to Panzi Hospital in eastern war-torn Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the U.S. In Rwanda she conducts a PSU service project with 800 vulnerable children and widows from the 1994 genocide. She is the co-founder/director of several non-profits and groups including Panzi Hospital Foundation USA (www.panzifoundation.org) in support of Panzi Hospital, Beza Kids in support of underprivileged Rwandan children and widows, and The Genocide Relief Project, a local community-based anti-genocide advocacy, education, and aid organization. Dr. De Reus is a Carl Wilkens Fellow with the Genocide Intervention Network, a featured activist in the 2010 book, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes, and a frequent guest speaker about global activism and the crisis for women in the DR Congo.
Finding Your Path: Dr. Nicole Webster
Dr. Nicole Webster is an Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at University Park. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of service learning experiences on youth and young adults in school and community-based settings. She is involved with Latino Civic Engagement in Charter Schools – a multi-site study on the impact of service learning programs on Latino middle school youth, and the Connecting Caribbean Youth (C2K) Project Action research program focusing on youth development and building educational capacity with the University of Belize and over 20 schools countrywide. She is from Trinidad.
Finding My Path: Diana Ramos
Diana Ramos is employed by Penn State Altoona as a Program Specialist in the Division of Undergraduate Students (DUS) and a College Contact Resource Representative for the College of Health and Human Development. She also teaches Bio Behavioral Health 119 on a part-time basis. Her Master's Degree is in Youth and Family Education and she is a Licensed Counselor. In addition, she is currently a 2nd year PhD student with a focus interest in prevention science particularly exploring prevention models targeted at Hispanic communities to combat Type 2 Diabetes. Diana grew up in the South Bronx, NY and has resided in Altoona for twenty one years with her husband and 20 year old son.
Finding My Path: Dr. Barbara Farmer
Dr. Barbara W. Farmer is the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. She is also a retired Principal of Houserville/Lemont Elementary Schools and former host of a live call-in show about diversity, race and education. She and her husband are co-authors of a book published by South-Western publishing company, "Leading with Character". They are also co-editors of "Diversity in America: Visions of the Future". She was selected as one of the "Historymakers" of Pennsylvania, serving as the first African American female principal in the State College Area School District, State College, Pennsylvania.
Finding My Path: Keith Wilson - 2/25/2010
Penn State Altoona's office of Institutional Equity and Diversity offered a presentation by Dr. Keith Wilson, professor of rehabilitation counseling, and affiliate faculty with department of African and African American Studies and department of Special Education and School Psychology at the Penn State, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12:10 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Edith Davis Eve chapel.
On Monday, February 15, 2010, Dr. Sarah Willie-LeBreton presented "In Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race" at 7 p.m. in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona. Dr. Willie-LeBreton discussed her research on black student achievement at pre-dominantly white campuses in an era where many argue that racial discrimination has largely been defeated.
Finding My Path: Edgar Farmer - 1/20/2010
Penn State Altoona's office of Institutional Equity and Diversity offered a presentation by Dr. Edgar Farmer, department head of learning and performance systems at Penn State, on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Edith Davis Eve chapel. Farmer's presentation was the second in a series of brown bag luncheon's titled "Finding My Path." The series offers informal reflections by faculty members on their personal journeys and intellectual passions. For more information on this and other programs offered by the office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, call 814-949-5053.
Finding My Path: Barbara Hong - 11/5/2009
Penn State Altoona's office of Institutional Equity and Diversity offered a presentation by Barbara Hong, associate professor of special education, on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Edith Davis Eve chapel. Hong's presentation was the first in a series of brown bag luncheon's titled "Finding My Path." The series offers informal reflections by faculty members on their personal journeys and intellectual passions. For more information on this and other programs offered by the office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, call 814-949-5053.