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SPARKS: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion at Pitt-Johnstown and the Local Communities

This guide contains resources covering equity, diversity, and inclusion topics that are available through Owen Library or freely online.

About This Guide

This guide is divided into subpages, covering specific areas of diversity and discrimination and also information for faculty on creating inclusive classrooms. However, you will notice some overlap because, like individuals such as black women or aging gay men, these areas intersect - a concept known as Intersectionality. You are thus encouraged to explore the guide in its entirety to better understand the issues confronting the marginalized individuals or groups within our community.

The resources presented here are by no means an exhaustive list, but are meant to be a starting point for you to explore various EDIA topics. They have been selected to educate, engage, and hopefully empower you.

Guide Creator

This guide was created and is maintained by librarian David Kupas.

The format and some of the content for this guide has been adapted from the University of Tennessee-Martin's Diversity & Inclusion Resources guide and Illinois Central College Library's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources guides.







Our Mission

  1. Increase participation and engagement related to diversity and inclusion on the Pitt-Johnstown campus. ​
  2. Create a supportive and inclusive environment at Pitt-Johnstown​.
  3. Sustainably engage Pitt-Johnstown and local communities in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Our Members

Faculty & Staff:

  • Dr. Tuangtip "Noon" Klinbubpa-Neff, Principal Investigator (Pitt-Johnstown, English Department)
  • Peter Egler (University Library System, Johnstown Campus-Owen Library) 
  • Dr. Marsha Grimminger (Pitt-Johnstown, Chemistry Department) 
  • Dr. Ola Johanssen (Pitt-Johnstown, Geography Department) 
  • April Kelley (University Library System, Johnstown Campus-Owen Library)
  • Dr. Ryan Kerrigan (Pitt-Johnstown, Geology Department) 
  • David Kupas (University Library System, Johnstown Campus-Owen Library)
  • Jim Langan (University Library System, Johnstown Campus-Owen Library)
  • Laurie Voelker (University Library System, Johnstown Campus-Owen Library)


  • Abbey-Gale Brooks. Project Assistant
  • Madison Blough, Media Assistant


  • Rachel Allen (Unity Coalition of Southern Alleghenies)
  • Laryssa Duncan (Cambria County Library)
  • Dr. Shannon Telenko (Penn State University, Postdoctoral Scholar for Equity Pedagogy + Facilitator)