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Woman making Ethiopian coffee


One of the owners of Mariam's restaurant, Beleteschachew Multata, made traditional Ethiopian coffee for each attendee after the meal was served.

Group of students attending an event

Penn State Lehigh Valley comes together in support of ‘All In’

“All In: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” launched on Oct. 6. The goal is to bring students, faculty and staff together to show their commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment.
Javier Avila presenting to group

‘Even though we’re all the same, we’re all different’

Penn State Lehigh Valley celebrated National Latino Heritage Month with Javier Avila.
a group of women students

Blue & White Society hosted homecoming spirit week at Penn State Lehigh Valley

The Penn State Lehigh Valley chapter of the Blue & White Society hosted a Homecoming Spirit Week at the Lehigh Valley campus.
A group of students at Blue & White Society Bash


Students stopped to snap a group photo while attending the Blue & White Society Bash held at Penn State Lehigh Valley on Oct. 6. The party featured games, food and music.

Javier Avila presenting to group


Javier Avila's 60-minute show, “The Trouble with My Name,” offered a glimpse into the American Latino experience. 

Javier Avila


Javier Avila, English professor at Northampton Community College, presented to about 200 students, faculty, staff and community partners in celebration of National Latino Heritage Month on Oct. 4. 

Ethiopian dinner


The Penn State Lehigh Valley International Food and Entrepreneur Series was held in two parts. First, a traditional Ethiopian dinner was served concluding with Ethiopian coffee and then a seminar discussion with the owners of the restaurant followed.

The LEO Club hosted Dining in the Dark

Penn State Lehigh Valley's LEO Club, led by president Zach Miller, hosted a Dining in the Dark event at the Lehigh Valley campus on Oct. 6.Dining in the Dark features dining while blindfolded to simulate the experience of people who are blind. During this event, the LEO club hosted Wendy Sherid and her service dog.

Can drive benefiting Street Medicine

Penn State Lehigh Valley's Student Government Association and the Health Policy and Administration teamed up and organized a week of service on campus. They collected canned foods to benefit Street Medicine Lehigh Valley.