Abington's No Place for Hate initiative wins University-wide award

Penn State Abington Chancellor Karen Wiley Sandler has announced that the campus' No Place for Hate (NPFH) initiative has been honored by Penn State with the Educational Program of the Year Award.

“Please join me in acknowledging the importance of this achievement and in thanking all involved. This award recognizes the committee’s hard work and effort,” Sandler said.

John Nguyen, of the Educational Opportunity Program and intercultural counselor at Abington, accepted the award for the campus. “The NPFH designation shows our commitment to diversity, understanding, and inclusion. We are grateful to be recognized for the hard work that we put into education, understanding and celebration as a community.”

The NPFH and Multicultural Climate committees at Abington are composed of 27 faculty and staff members. Students Melanie Rivera, Fozia Mukta and Derrick Schmidt also served on the NPFH committee this year.

Abington became the first college campus in the nation to be named a NPFH campus by the Anti-Defamation League in 2006, and it has been recertified each year. Anti-bullying and anti-bias projects supplemented by policies that emphasize inclusion have been vital to Abington’s continued development as an NPFH campus.

The Educational Program of the Year Award is open to employees or groups of employees at all 19 Penn State campuses who have developed an outstanding co-curricular educational program for students. Only one award is made University-wide.