There are many opportunities at PSU to hear from students–in our classrooms, office hours, public events, student organizations, meetings, surveys and casual conversations. That said, there are not enough occasions where students are invited to freely share their experiences, questions, concerns and suggestions. Three years ago the Vice President of Student Affairs, Global Diversity and Inclusion, and Academic Affairs created an opportunity for traditionally underrepresented students to speak their mind and meet in an informal setting.
Dozens of students have attended the regularly-held “Listening to your Voices” events. We follow up each session with information and, where possible, implementation of students’ suggestions.
This is not the only way for us to hear directly from students, but it is an open invitation to students for participation and sharing of ideas directly with three vice presidents.
I have asked Dr. Carmen Suarez, our Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. John Fraire, Vice President for Student Affairs to share their perspectives on these gatherings with us.