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The Penn State Health 22-Day Inclusion Challenge 

June 1

WEEK 1 – Theme: Foundation for Inclusion 

June 1: How the History of “We Are” Forms the Foundation for Penn State Health’s Values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence

Penn State University’s football team was scheduled to play the University of Miami on Nov. 29, 1946. At that time, the University of Miami was racially segregated, and Penn State had two Black players, one of whom was Wally Triplett. Because of University of Miami’s stance on integration, Penn State would have had to play the game without its two Black players. Penn State felt that no player should be denied the opportunity to play football because of their race. Rather than exclude the Black players, Penn State’s team voted to cancel the game.  Our goal at Penn State Health is to continue this strong commitment to inclusion and to bind together in support of this.

Kicking off our Inclusion Challenge, learn how we historically have been committed to respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence, and inclusion through an interview with our own Darryle Tillman, a pharmacist at St. Joes, and his mother, Judith Tillman. The rest of the week will focus on understanding the foundation for inclusion through understanding perceptions, empathy, and unconscious bias.

Activity:  Watch this video interview of Darryle and Judith Tillman as they talk about their family member, Wally Triplett, the first Black football player to start for Penn State University.

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Penn State Health 22-Day Inclusion Challenge: Calendar

Below are links to the rest of this month’s Penn State Health 22-Day Inclusion Challenge:

WEEK 1 – Theme: Foundation for Inclusion 

June 1: How the History of “We Are” Forms the Foundation for Penn State Health’s Values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence. You are here!   

June 2: Appreciating Our Multiple Identities 

June 3: Human Connections through Sharing Our Identities and Sharing Empathy 

June 4: Weekend activities to wrap up our Foundation for Inclusion Week


WEEK 2 – Theme: Understanding Differences   

June 7: Understanding Differences: Disability Inclusion

June 8: Conversations about Size and Image 

June 9: Immigrants and Refugees 

June 10: Sexual and Gender Minorities  

June 11: Weekend activities to wrap up our Understanding Differences Week 

WEEK 3 – Theme: Social Justice for Diverse Populations 

June 14: Diversity Conversations about Gender 

June 15: Diversity Conversations about Generations  

June 16: Diversity Conversations about Military Service Personnel and Veterans 

June 17: Diversity Conversations about Religion  

June 18: Weekend activities to wrap up our Social Justice for Diverse Populations week


WEEK 4 – Theme: Advancing Anti-racism 

June 21: Diversity Conversations about Race: Asian Americans and Native Americans

June 22: Diversity Conversations about Race: Black Women and Latinx  

June 23: Diversity Conversations about Race: Environmental Racism 

June 24: Using “Living While Black” to Address Racism 

June 25: Weekend activities to wrap up our Advancing Anti-racism Week


WEEK 5 – Theme: The Road to Upstanding 

June 28: Being Audacious in Our Commitment to Inclusion

June 29: The Courage to be an Upstander  

June 30: The Road to Upstanding: We Are…Inclusion  


We encourage you to email the health system diversity office at to share your responses. We also look forward to your feedback about this Inclusion Challenge.  


June 1




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