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Title For A Diversity Essay Contest

Chemeketa is the college for our whole community. All of us have an opportunity to learn here, thrive here and make a difference because of how our experience here has helped us grow.

Diversity Statement

We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.

A Message From Our President

Chemeketa Community College is a rich community that values diversity of perspectives, identities, cultures, experiences and backgrounds. We believe such diversity is essential for hardy dialogue and learning. It is our hope that members of the college and broader community will use this website as a tool to deepen their own education, as well as learn how Chemeketa realizes its commitment to diversity.

Together, we all contribute to the texture and experience that we call Chemeketa.

Julie Huckestein

Upcoming Events


    Why are you going to college? What do you hope to achieve? What have you overcome to go to college? What gives you hope and courage for the future? Everyone has a story—tell us yours for the chance to win a cash prize from the “Hold Fast to Dreams” essay contest presented by Chemeketa Reads. 

    • Essay contest is open to all current Chemeketa students
    • Students must submit an essay that responds to the above prompt
    • Only one entry per student
    • All writing materials must be exclusively student-created
    • Entries become the property of the Chemeketa Reads project and may be used at events and in publicity materials
    • Essay must be no more than 500 words
    • Entries must be submitted by March 31, 2018 to Linda Herrera
    • Winners will be notified by May 23, 2018

    Monetary awards are as follows –

    • First place - $500
    • Second place - $300
    • Third place - $200

    We encourage all students to visit the Study Skills Center located in Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 212-A and attend one of the writing workshops that will be offered on –

    • Tues, Feb 6, 12-1 pm, (CRN 62630)
    • Wed, Feb 7, 8-9 am, (CRN 62631)

    The tutoring center, writing center and online writing center are all available to assist students with drafting their essay.

    Chemeketa Reads is a collaborative project between the Reading and Writing programs and the Diversity and Equity Office.

Essay Question:

How do you begin the conversation about diversity with those who are not inclined to listen?

Disclaimer:  Please note that the use of plagiarism is a violation of the Smeal Honor Code. Please use your own thoughts and ideas to formulate an effective essay.


  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at any Penn State campus to submit an essay for consideration in the S.T.A.R.T. Essay Contest.


Your submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a written expression i.e.; essay, poem, story, or song.
  • Cover page MUST include: title of paper, student name, major, semester standing, and Penn State email-address
  • 12-point Times New Roman font (Double-Spaced)
  • Written expressions are to be no longer than 5 pages
  • One inch margins
  • No group submissions allowed
  • Students may only enter the contest one time
  • Submissions must be sent by Penn State email address(xyz1234@psu.edu). In addition, please email how you heard about the Diversity contest. Otherwise, the submission will not be accepted.
  • If chosen to present, presentations must last 4-7 minutes - Winners will be recognized and are required to present their final paper at the S.T.A.R.T. Conference on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Written Expressions will be judged on:

  • Quality of writing
  • Relevance of topic
  • Adherence to guidelines


START Essay are no longer being accepted

In order to prepare and schedule their presentation for final judging, finalists will be notified by Friday, February 2, 2018

Second round – Final presentations will be given.

Winners will be notified by via email.


Members of the S.T.A.R.T. Committee will choose for the finalists and winners. The Committee includes undergraduate students, the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs, the Program’s MBA Graduate Assistant, and additional Smeal advisors.


  • First place -      $1500
  • Second place -  $750
  • Third place -     $500

*Winners will be recognized and are required to present their final paper at the S.T.A.R.T. Conference on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Nittany Lion Inn.


Please note that if at any time your scholarships, grants, and other types of student financial aid are in excess of your federally computed “financial need” or your “cost of attendance”, it may be necessary for the Office of Student Aid to make adjustments to your previously awarded aid sources.

In order to receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time student in good academic standing at the Pennsylvania State University. If you are planning to be on internship, are registered for less than 12 total credits, or if you are studying abroad through a non-Penn State program, your scholarship funds will be forfeited and awarded to another deserving student. It is your responsibility to notify our office of your change in enrollment.

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