Senator Andy Dinniman

Senator Andy Dinniman
Professor Emeritus, WCU
Diversity Walk Honoree

De Bapstiste speaking at event

Clifford De Baptiste
Honorary Chair
First Annual Gathering

The Together Endowment

The Together Endowment is a financial gift made possible through the leadership of retired senator and professor emeritus of West Chester University, Dr. Andy Dinniman. The Together Endowment will sponsor and support programs that work for the respect and dignity of all through innovative strategies, dialogue, and interactive engagement.  The kick-off event was held on April 22, 2023 at West Chester University. 

Save the Date: The 2024 Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024
Theme: 2024-Affirming our Common Humanity 

“The Together Endowment brings people together to share their experiences, feelings, and hope. It combines cognitive knowledge with the affective realm of emotions.  There is a recognition that history, both personal and societal, influences what we believe and do; the past is never past.”       

-Senator, Dr. Andy Dinniman



decorative banner with rainbow colored hands


Special Event
The First Annual Community Gathering for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

On behalf of West Chester University, you are cordially invited to attend the


Saturday, April 22, 2023

Diversity Walk Dedication

9:00 am
In honor of Senator Andy Dinniman’s
community work and teaching.

Community Gathering

10:00 am
An annual gathering of Chester County citizens
who come together in support of the fundamental American
values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and who
believe in our common humanity.

The Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons

155 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Parking Available

Student Recreation Center and New Street Garages



Program Agenda

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Check-In and Continental Breakfast

Dedication of Diversity Walk in honor of Senator Andy Dinniman’s community work and teaching

10:00 am – 11:15 am: Opening Session: New Approaches for Developing Increased Respect and Understanding for All

New Approaches:

  • Use of DNA
    Individuals take DNA tests and find out they have a greater diversity than they are aware of. This leads to questions of self-identification and how they perceive others. It helps people discuss race and ancestry in a more inquisitive, inclusive, and positive way.
  • The Story
    A story can be personal or the actual history of our common experiences. We can make progress if we can get Americans to remember and share stories related to the difficulties and discrimination faced by their parents and grandparents. It is a powerful force to enable us to appreciate the common emotions felt by others in similar situations.
  • Responding to Negative Social Media
    Most of the communication today takes place through social media. We need to develop the skills to respond to the bias and misinformation that often occurs on social media. At the same time, we need to develop new social media approaches that affirm diversity, equity, and our common humanity.
  • Understanding the Relationship of Self and Culture
    In dealing with the human experiences of everyday life, all cultures must answer the same questions, but the answers come out differently on a continuum of possibilities. Misunderstanding often occurs when we do not comprehend the variety of cultural answers to the same questions.
  • Aspirational Power
    Using the power and support that comes from the teaching and affirmation of America’s values is essential. America is thought to be a special place of diversity, freedom, equality, and opportunity. While these values are often more aspirational than reality, they are ingrained into the very soul of our nation and hold power that we need to utilize and affirm.

11:15 am – 11:45 pm: Topic Question and Answer with Presenters

Group breakout sessions with presenters

11:45 pm – 12:30 pm: Group Discussions Based Upon Locality to Plan First Local Meeting

Discussion of which approach best fits your locality and plan for first local meeting, date and time

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm: Conclusion: Relationship to the 250th Anniversary in 2026 of the Declaration of Independence

The meaning of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of the 250th Anniversary (2026) of the Declaration of Independence

In terms of the Declaration of Independence, "Each generation must look at itself and ask are we making progress?.... The question is what can we do differently this time? That is what each generation has to decide." 
– Philip Mead, Chief Historian
Museum of the American Revolution


State Senator Andy Dinniman

Clifford De Baptiste

Dr. Charles Hardy

The Gathering is supported by the Together Endowment in the West Chester University Foundation.




Program Planning Committee

  • Chris Awuyah
  • Elorm Awuyah
  • Carol Black
  • Kenneth Bond
  • Kyle Boyer
  • Cassandra Burgess
  • Gustavo Castaneda
  • Anna Cephas
  • Shawn Cephas
  • Deb Ciamacca
  • Kathleen Coleman-Smith
  • Clifford De Baptiste, Honorary Chair
  • Lillian De Baptiste
  • Bobby Duncan
  • Stephanie Duncan
  • Teresa Eze
  • Ayesha Fawad
  • Ray Fernandez
  • Micky Flynn
  • Robin Greene-Toler
  • Virind Gujral
  • Gwynne Hagee
  • Alice Hammond
  • Charles Hardy
  • Judy Heald
  • Jon Hungpu
  • Mian Jan
  • Kris Keller
  • Shabih Khan
  • Bill Kraut
  • Bessie Lee Layton
  • Alex Li
  • Jan Michener
  • Shankar Musunuri
  • Mark Pavlovich
  • Matthew Pierlott
  • Rosetta Rambo
  • Donna Rowland
  • Andy Schaum
  • Stephenie Stevens
  • Theresa Thorton
  • Gopi Vudathgk
  • Carol Weaver
  • Zach Wooten
  • Syed Zia