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Oct. 19 - 25, 2020

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Edinboro graduate programs earn national recognition

Three Edinboro academic programs earned the national spotlight this month, securing No. 3 ranks among top educational programming in the U.S.

Edinboro’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Education and Master of Arts in Counseling programs all received a third-place national ranking in their respective categories.

Additionally, – a college analysis and ranking website – recognized Edinboro University as the “Best Public University” for counseling majors.

“These rankings once again demonstrate Edinboro University’s ongoing commitment to graduate student success and academic excellence,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, dean of the School of Education. “We are very fortunate to have a graduate school of such a high caliber located in the Erie region.”

Intelligent is an online magazine centered on a lifelong commitment to continuous improvement, enabling smarter choices to produce the greatest advantage, utility and satisfaction. With their college rankings, they hope to assist students in finding the school that best suits them. Read more.

Frederick Douglass Collaborative offering paid internship

Frederick Douglass Collaborative

The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative, which seeks to promote inclusive excellence across the 14 State System universities, is now accepting applications for paid research internships. The 10-week internship will involve research support for the publication of the book, "I Fear for My Life: They That Mourn."

The book will provide a historical retrospective on the deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of law enforcement through case studies of recent, highly publicized cases such as George Floyd, Sandra Bland and Kayla Moore. The book will also include voices of law enforcement reflecting on the significance of those cases and the fear that they often experience as part of their profession.

Applicants must be professional and responsible juniors or seniors with excellent communication skills and superior attention to detail. A knowledge of or commitment to learning about social justice issues in the criminal justice system is required. Criminology, criminal justice, sociology, political science, pre-law or related majors are preferred.

Interns will receive $1,000 (pre-tax), and will be asked to perform the following duties:

  • Interview prominent figures in law enforcement, politics and activist circles about the cases.
  • Conduct research remotely at organizations such as the National Law Enforcement Museum, National Association of Blacks in Law Enforcement, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Draft a policy proposal on social justice and policing.
  • Present research at the Douglass Research Showcase in spring 2021.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Veronica Watson by Oct. 30, 2020.

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Don't delay. File your FAFSA today.


Attention new and returning students:

If you will be attending Edinboro between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, it’s time to renew your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The 2021-2022 FAFSA will request your 2019 income and tax information. You can transfer that information into the FAFSA quickly, accurately and easily using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

How to start your FAFSA:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the white “Log In” button under “Returning User?”
  3. Click on “I am the student.”
  4. Enter your FSA ID (username and password) underneath, and then click “Next.”
  5. Create a “save key.” This is a temporary password that will let you (a) return to the application later if you don’t complete it right away, and (b) share your application with a parent if parental information is required.

The 2021-2022 FAFSA will request your 2019 income and tax information. You can transfer that information into the FAFSA quickly, accurately and easily using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

How to fill out and submit your FAFSA:

  1. Much of your information will be carry over from last year. Review that information and update it as needed.
  2. Your income and tax information will not be carried over, but you can easily transfer the information from the IRS in the “Financial Information” section. Just select “Already Completed,” and then click “Link to the IRS.”
  3. Once you are done entering all your information, be sure to sign and submit the form. You are not done until you reach the “Confirmation Page,” which you should read carefully and save for your records.
  4. Your state and school probably have deadlines earlier than the federal deadline. State deadline information is available at here. The PHEAA (PA State Grant) deadline is May 1, 2021. Edinboro’s priority filing deadline, which may provide some students with additional need-based aid, is December 15, 2020.

If you need assistance, visit the Financial Aid Office in Hamilton Hall with your electronic device for filing out the FAFSA. Our business hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You can also e-mail or call (814) 732-3500.

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Diversity workshops open to Edinboro employees

Damon Williams

Edinboro University faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in a pair of online workshops hosted by Slippery Rock University as part of its Diversity Management Series.

The virtual workshops, which are set for Oct. 20 and Nov. 9, will feature presentations from nationally renowned higher education diversity and inclusion leaders.

Dr. Damon Williams (pictured top right), author and chief catalyst of the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation, will kick off the series Tuesday by outlining the importance of thinking strategically when managing diversity on a college campus. The 90-minute workshop, "From Awareness, to Action, to Innovation: Empowering Leaders through Inclusive Excellence," will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Interested participants should preregister to receive a Zoom link to the presentation.

Carl Moore

Dr. Carl Moore Jr. (pictured bottom right), assistant chief academic officer at the University of the District of Columbia, will share strategies around inclusive teaching environments on Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Tune in here.

For more information about SRU's Diversity Management Series or Edinboro University's Diversity Dialogues, contact Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Terrence Mitchell.

Spring scheduling begins Wednesday

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Diversity Dialogues: A discussion on self-care

Diversity Dialogues

For women, for people of color and for people with intersections of marginalized identities, self-care is, as Audre Lorde has said and Angela Davis has attested, radical. It is anti-colonial. It is an individual action of anti-imperialism – an act of reclaiming our bodies, our minds and souls as ours and not just existing in service of others, in service of capitalist production and in service of patriarchy and cultural hegemony.

Join Angelica Joyelle Spraggins and Dr. Shraddha Prabhu for a discussion on the importance of self-care for black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) women on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Facebook Live event is part of Edinboro University’s Diversity Dialogues series.

Angelica Joyelle Spraggins is an alumni of Edinboro University and a member of Erie’s 2020 40 under 40 class. She is one of the founding members of Erie's Black Wall Street and a fierce, relentless advocate for equity. She also serves as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services.

Dr. Shraddha Prabhu is an assistant professor in Edinboro’s Department of Social Work. Her teaching and research focuses on issues related to intersectionality, diversity and inequity, trauma exposure and resilience. Her advocacy efforts focus on centering experiences of those who experience marginalization and continue to lead the fight for equity.

Haley Atkins, clinical case manager for Student Health Services, and Christopher LaFuria, deputy communication officer, will join in the discussion.


Virtual Fall Open Houses set for Oct. 24, Nov. 14

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Edinboro business “Fish Gods” launches first product

Fish Gods

An Edinboro University business hopes to assist others in cleaning up the environment – one bag at a time.

Soon, the young entrepreneurial co-founders will launch the product that got them started.

Edinboro senior Hunter Klobucar and recent graduate Tyler Waltenbaugh, co-founders of Fish Gods, are launching the Clean Earth Bag, a reusable bag made specifically for outdoor enthusiasts to pick up, contain and recycle plastic and garbage pollution they encounter while in the outdoors.

Fish Gods is an environmental company that engages outdoor enthusiasts to clean up watersheds, enhancing their sustainability. Their mission is to unite the largest recreational group in the world to take action and reduce pollution across the globe.

To accomplish these goals, they are producing and selling their custom bag, which eliminates the problems that come along with using trash bags or grocery bags. It will be available for purchase on Oct. 20 through their Kickstarter campaign.

“This Kickstarter campaign gives you first access to the bag and special merchandise packages; collectively, we can start cleaning up our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans right away,” said Klobucar.

Early bird access includes special pricing and packages. Fish Gods’ goal is to raise enough money to become a large-scale environmental cleanup company, design fully sustainable products and partner with scientists and researchers to develop innovations that create a cleaner planet. After the 30-day campaign is over, the Clean Earth Bag will sell at retail locations for $29.99. Read more.

SECA campaign ends Friday


University Programming Board sponsors virtual Yoga


Edinboro to celebrate spring, summer graduates


Edinboro University will celebrate the academic achievements of the undergraduate and graduate spring/summer Class of 2020 with a virtual ceremony on Saturday.

The event will feature special music from the Edinboro University Chorale and the Pipes and Drums ensemble.

Donna Good, who earned her degree in Environmental Science – Biology, will deliver the student address at the 9 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony. Cheniya Sharpe, who earned an MBA in May, will deliver the student address at the 2 p.m. Graduate Ceremony.

Other speakers include President Guiyou Huang, Dr. Michael Hannan (Provost), Daniel Higham (Council of Trustees) and Mark Eisert (Alumni Association).

The ceremony will be broadcast on the University's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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In case you missed it: EU in the news

The achievements of Edinboro University’s students, faculty and staff are always making headlines. Here are several recent news stories about excellence at EU:

Go fish, for trash and litter too [ (Erie Times-News)]

Three Edinboro Graduate Programs Earn National Recognition [Erie Reader]

Election Campaign Fatigue becoming common as Election Draws Near [ErieNewsNow (WSEE/WICU-TV)]

Golden Apple Award- Previewing the 30th year of honoring local teachers [ (WJET/WFXP-TV)]

Edinboro University invites prospective students to virtual open houses [ (Erie Times-News)]

At College: Liam Ryan [Finger Lakes Times]

Edinboro, Cal, Clarion joinder will create Pa. powerhouse [ (Erie Times-News)]

Federal grant will expand Erie's Beehive Network for entrepreneurs [ (Erie Times-News)]

Appalachian Regional Commission awards the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network $1.5 million to expand its services to 17 counties [ (WJET/WFXP-TV)]
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