CSM seeks to ex­pand, en­hance pro­grams that fos­ter in­clu­sion

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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.

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