MLK Week 2014 - Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services - Penn State Altoona

MLK Week 2014

Reflect on Yesterday. Experience Today. Transform Tomorrow.

MLK Reflection Lunch | Essay Contest

Dr .Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Luncheon

January 20, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Gymnasium, Adler Athletic Complex

Director of Education & Community Services Craig A. Dietz, Keynote Speaker

Director of Education and Community Services Craig A. Dietz, Keynote Speaker

Craig Dietz joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in November of 2013. As director of education & community services, he oversees the commission’s educational outreach and provides legal counsel focused on discrimination issues in educational settings.

He also directs the PA Interagency Taskforce on Community Relations & Activities, a public-private coalition of law enforcement and other organizations that respond to incidents of bias in order to prevent intergroup tension and discrimination in schools and communities around Pennsylvania.

Prior to coming to PHRC, Dietz spent four years as an assistant solicitor for the City of Pittsburgh, managing civil litigation including personal injury, property damage and civil rights cases. From 2000-2006, he served as assistant solicitor for the City of Harrisburg, and after graduating from law school, he spent a year as a law clerk for the PA Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.

He has been a member of the PA Bar since 1999, and is a member of the U.S. District Court Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. Dietz is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he completed two semesters in Disability Discrimination Clinic. He holds a B.A. in political science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national honor fraternity and Delta Chi fraternity.

Dietz came to PHRC with several years’ experience as a motivational speaker, running his own business and appearing at k-12 schools, universities, businesses, civic and religious organizations across the U.S. and abroad. He inspires audiences with his wit and tenacious spirit, relating his experiences living with what most would consider a significant physical disability, as a person born without arms or legs.

He is an avid sportsman and accomplished competitive athlete, participating in hunting, fishing, bowling, volleyball, skiing, swimming and triathlon relay teams. He has competed annually in the Pittsburgh Triathlon since 2008, finishing the swim portion ahead of 150 able-bodied competitors in 2012. In 2012, he also became the first quadruple amputee to swim across the Chesapeake Bay, completing the 4.4-mile, rough water swim in just under three hours.

In 2013, he competed in the Midmar Mile in South Africa, the world’s largest open-water swim, and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. His story has been featured on ESPN’s “E:60,” “Fox News,” “The Marie Osmond Show” and in “ESPN The Magazine” and other print and television media.

Dietz lives in Hummelstown with his wife, Christy.


Events Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services, Mosaic Committee, Interfaith Council, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, and Student Activity Fee.