YORK, Pa. — “Hate Crimes” will be the topic of a presentation set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, via Zoom. The presentation features Stacey Waters, an education and outreach coordinator with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), where she provides educational opportunities to the community about unlawful discrimination and other relevant topics.
Waters will provide an overview of the topic and provide attendees with information on how to recognize hate crime scenarios. She will include resources and recourse for those impacted by bias or hate crimes.
The free presentation is made possible by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State York as part of the OLLI Lecture Series. The program is open to all Penn State faculty, staff and students, as well as the York County community, but registration is required. Register here for the lecture. This is OLLI’s sixth lecture in the series, which focuses on timely topics of interest.
About the speaker
Waters began her career with the PHRC in 2008 investigating unlawful discrimination. She attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. She also attended Shippensburg University and earned a master of science degree in counseling and college student personnel.
In 2014, she left the PHRC to work as an equal opportunity specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. In 2018 she joined the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as chief of investigations and training, where she continued to investigate unlawful discrimination and provide a variety of training, including, but not limited to, diversity, unconscious bias training, and equity and inclusion training.
She returned to the PHRC in September 2021.
Waters regularly volunteers in her community as a member of the Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
How are topics selected?
The OLLI Lecture Series was an idea of OLLI members Beth Gill-MacDonald and Sharon Christ. The goal is to have one presentation each quarter and to choose topics that may not have been relevant when planning the current semester since the semester production works six to nine months in advance. The free series also is a way to introduce people to OLLI.
To choose a topic, Jennifer Geubtner-May, director of OLLI, meets with Christ and Gill-MacDonald to brainstorm current events that they believe OLLI members, as well as the York County community, would like to know more about from an expert in that field.
OLLI at Penn State York
OLLI at Penn State York has almost 600 members who have a desire to stay active and never stop learning. OLLI came to Penn State York in 2007, thanks to the efforts of three women — Olive Padden and the late Charmaine Kissinger and Gussie Petron — and their thirst for knowledge and mental stimulation.
The idea of offering courses of interest during the day for adult learners without the stress of tests, requirements and official textbooks appealed to the trio, and thanks to their leadership, OLLI began offering courses in April 2008. Since that time, OLLI at Penn State York has continued to grow with a variety of daytime courses, bus trips, travel trips, walking tours and other exciting activities.
Annual membership in OLLI is $50 and members pay $8 for a single-session course; $16 for a two-session course, and so on. Nonmembers pay $20 for a single-session course; $40 for a two-session course, etc. Some courses are open to nonmembers and prices vary based on the length of the course.
OLLI is a nonprofit, mostly volunteer-driven organization, established to enrich the lives of mature adults living in York County. OLLI at Penn State York is one of more than 125 lifelong learning institutes across the nation that is supported by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant was made available locally through Penn State, which has OLLI sites at its University Park and York campuses.
For more information about OLLI at Penn State York, call 717-771-4015 or visit the OLLI York website.