CSM seeks to expand, enhance programs that foster inclusion
Danelle McClanahan, who brings to her new role as the College of Southern Maryland’s associate vice president of Institutional Equity and Diversity Office more than 11 years of experience in various fields of diversity, said she sees that CSM has already made great strides in creating an environment that is inclusive of all ethnicities, but believes even more can be done, according to a press release.
McClanahan said in the release that one main focus for her will be to not only recruit and retain African-American men at the college, but to see them through to graduation.
Previously, McClanahan served as director of diversity/ombudsperson at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where she was charged with ensuring the university complied with Titles IV, VI, VII and IX.
Along with investigating discrimination and harassment claims by faculty and students, McClanahan coordinated projects to build and maintain a safe and open campus environment.
In 2007, while at East Stroudsburg, McClanahan spent a month in China co-super vising 13 students at Shenyang Normal University. The students were able to experience firsthand emergence in Mandarin and the Chinese culture.
For McClanahan, creating an inclusive environment is a necessity for a college environment. “Will Smith, recently, profoundly recognized the value and potential of diverse groups by stating ‘diversity is the American superpower.’ Diversity indeed is a superpower opportunity that necessitates proactive and strategically planned investment.
It is our responsibility to go beyond our traditional reach and act upon this opportunity by instituting expansive, intentional and comprehensive recruitment, retention and persistence efforts that create and maintain an inclusive environment for the diverse student population,” McClanahan said in the release.
McClanahan’s career in higher education began with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Scranton. She is currently an EdD candidate in educational leadership and management at Capella University.
For information about programs offered through the Diversity Institute at the College of Southern Maryland, go to http:// www.csmd.edu/community/institutes/diversity-institute/index.html.
Gov. Hogan declares Men’s Health Week
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) issued a proclamation declaring June 13-19 Maryland Men’s Health Week, the week leading up to, and including, Father’s Day. This special awareness period is part of Men’s Health Month (June), a national effort to help educate men, boys and their families on the value of regular preventive screenings and healthy lifestyles.
On average, life expectancy nationwide for men is five years less than that for women, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), men die at higher rates of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. The CDC also reports that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit their doctor for regular preventive screenings. The governor’s proclamation encourages Maryland’s citizens to pursue preventive health practices and early detection efforts.
In preparation for Maryland Men’s Health Week, Men’s Health Network encourages health care professionals, private industry, faith-based organizations, community groups and all other interested organizations and individual citizens to organize and plan activities and events which focus on male health during the week of June 13-19.
The centerpiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. The National Men’s Health Week is also now recognized internationally. This year, National Men’s Health Week starts on June 13, and ends on Father’s Day, June 19.
Hundreds of workplaces, health care professionals, unions, sports franchises, faith-based and fraternal organizations, and others are engaging in activities to encourage healthy behavior among men and boys. These activities take the form of Wear Blue campaigns, informational articles in corporate newsletters, lunch-n-learns, conferences, bulletin board displays, videos, community health fairs and more. A national focus is Wear Blue Friday, celebrated yearly as the Friday before Father’s Day.
Men’s Health Week is organized by Men’s Health Network, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities and patient navigation. For more information about MHN, go to www.MensHealthNetwork.org.