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Pre-College (K-12 and adult)

 

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Philadelphia
The Educational Opportunity Center is one of the Federal TRIO programs. It is designed to provide information and counseling to adults who would like to go to college or other postsecondary education institutions.

Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State's diversity initiatives. Educational Equity's vision is a Penn State community that is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Talent Search
We encourage and support students from families where educational attainment, finances, or other resources may limit opportunities to achieve their educational goals beyond high school. Talent Search University Park serves students in the following high schools: Aliquippa, Clairton, New Castle, Valley (New Kensington Arnold), Farrell, and Sharon. Talent Search York serves students in the following high schools: New Hope Charter School and William Penn High School.

Upward Bound
Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded program that helps high school students gain academic skills and motivation to continue their education beyond high school. At Penn State, the Upward Bound Program serves more than 116 students each year from six target high schools in five counties — Clearfield, Dauphin, Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Perry. The six target high schools include: Mifflin County, Moshannon Valley, Mount Union Area, Newport, Steelton-Highspire, and West Branch Area.

Upward Bound Math and Science Center
The purpose of the Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMS) at Penn State is to assist participating students in recognizing and developing their potential to excel in math or science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields. Penn State UBMS serves eligible students from Harrisburg, Reading, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in six target high schools located in urban school districts in the state.

Upward Bound Migrant
Upward Bound Migrant (UBM) assists ninth through twelfth grade students with migrant farmworker backgrounds gain academic skills and motivation in preparation for precollege and postsecondary success. Services include academic instruction in critical reading and writing, mathematics, and sciences as well as English language acquisition support, tutoring, mentoring, and counseling where appropriate. Penn State’s Upward Bound Migrant program serves students from Hazleton, Lebanon, and Reading school districts.

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Prospective and Current Undergraduate Students


Academic Programs

African American Studies
The mission of the Department of African American Studies is to cultivate a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge and culture that African-descended peoples in the Americas have produced, as well as of the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic conditions under which they have done this work.

Department of Women’s Studies
Faculty and students in Women’s Studies have for decades been writing, teaching, and learning about the issues that are at the core of the current crisis at Penn State: sexual violence and abuse; masculinities and sports; homophobia; ethical inquiry and actions; and male power and dominance in its many forms.

Latina/o Studies
The mission of the Latina/o Studies Program at Penn State is to promote a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary position of Latinas/os in the U.S.

Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor
The undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies addresses human sexuality and gender as they have been conceptualized and investigated by diverse disciplines: humanities (including history and cultural studies), behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performance arts. Courses in the minor require students to explore scholarship and research on sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender across the lifespan, across cultures, and throughout history. Developing students' critical skills in a variety of disciplines, courses in the minor cover theories of sexuality and gender; sexual orientation; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements; the history of sexual norms; queer theory; gender identity; and impact of gender identities and erotic orientations on the arts; etc.

Academic Support Programs

College Assistance Migrant Program
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program designed to assist first-year college students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families, in their pursuit of higher education.

College Multicultural Programs
Each University Park-based college has a college multicultural office that provides support for underrepresented/underserved students within the college. This section includes links to each of the college multicultural programs offices.

McNair Scholars Program
Works with undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help prepare them to pursue doctoral studies in the disciplines of their choosing.

Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) provides individual counseling and educational services for undergraduate multicultural students at University Park and assists students in meeting the challenges associated with education and attaining a degree at a major research institution.

  • Comprehensive Studies Program
    The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an equal opportunity higher education program funded by Penn State, providing access and retention to Pennsylvania students who display high academic potential and meet program criteria.


Minority Undergraduate Laboratory Research Experience
The Minority Undergraduate Laboratory Research Experience gives first-year students, sophomores, and junior students from underrepresented populations a chance to do research for pay while investigating various fields of study.

Office for Disability Services
The Office for Disability Services (ODS) is responsible for coordinating support services, reasonable academic accommodations, and promoting disability awareness in the University community.

Office of Veterans Programs
The Office of Veterans Programs (OVP) at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits recipients providing services in three major areas: Outreach, Certification, and General Counseling.

Penn State for Adult Students
Helps adult learners who are thinking about beginning or returning to college or transferring from another institution or Penn State location.

Pennypacker Experience
The Pennypacker Experience is a scholarly and diverse living/learning community. Its main goal is to create a supportive environment for first-year students. We believe that this environment can have a positive effect on student retention.

Student Support Services Program
The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) provides a variety of services to enhance academic performance and ultimately increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation college students and those with disabilities.

Summer Research Opportunities Program
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an eight-week research program designed to interest talented undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in academic careers and to enhance their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.

University Libraries LGBT Studies Collection
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (hereafter called lgbt) collection supports the teaching and research needs for faculty and scholars in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to Art and Art Education, Comparative Literature, Education, English, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Human Development, History, and Women's Studies. These resources also serve the general and popular interests of students, members of the LGBT community, and the public at large.

University Office of Global Programs
The University Office of Global Programs oversees education abroad programs; hosts international students, scholars, and international visitors; and provides support for the University's international partnerships and collaborations around the world.

Women in the Sciences and Engineering at Penn State
Information and resources for women in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Penn State.

World in Conversation Project
Facilitates radically open dialogues that expand perspectives and invite greater understanding between people locally and globally.

Centers, Organizations, Activities, and Resources

BLUEprint
Sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) and formerly known as S-Plan, the BLUEprint Program focuses on offering cultural, social, and academic support to students of color, specifically those who are first-year or transfer/change-of-campus students, through peer mentoring. A fundamental goal of the program is to promote well-roundedness in all students involved as well as their successful acclimation to and persistence in Penn State.

Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs
The Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs (CERA) offers a welcoming, safe, inclusive environment for the Penn State community to explore a multitude of faith traditions in a compassionate, open-minded setting.

Center for Women Students
Provides advocacy, information, educational programming, services, and referrals for women students.

Diversity Calendar
This University-wide WebEvents calendar provides a daily listing of diversity-related events, exhibits, meetings, displays, activities, etc. at Penn State that make a contribution to Penn State’s diversity goals as articulated in A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2010-15.

FastStart
A mentoring program designed to help first-year students from African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Asian/Pacific American backgrounds, as well as those students who simply want to get their college careers off to a fast start.

LGBTA Student Resource Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center provides a comprehensive range of programming, education, information, and advocacy services. The center works to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at Penn State.


LGBT Support Network
The Network provides a way for supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves.

Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State's diversity initiatives. Educational Equity's vision is a Penn State community that is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
The Paul Robeson Cultural Center provides programs and services that encourage the appreciation of the diverse perspectives, experiences, and cultures of many underrepresented communities that comprise the student, faculty, staff, and community population of University Park and State College, Pennsylvania.

Penn State Policy AD42 Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment
Penn State Policy AD29 Statement on Intolerance

Report Bias
This Website provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests with a Penn State User ID with a Web form for reporting acts of bias or intolerance that occur at Penn State. Students may use the form to report any act of intolerance they experience themselves or observe directed against anyone else. However, all other groups should only use the form to report acts they observe that are directed against students.

Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team (SMART)
The Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team was founded in 1988 with the goal of sharing the success of underrepresented students at Penn State and assisting with the recruitment of ethnic minorities.

Student Organization Directory
This searchable directory is a listing of all student organizations that are recognized at Penn State’s University Park campus. Select the “International/Multicultural” category. Links to Penn State’s other campuses and colleges are located on the Student Organization Server.

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Prospective and Current Graduate Students

Academic and Academic Support Programs

American Indian Leadership Program
Provides support for American Indian students seeking graduate degrees from the College of Education.

College Multicultural Programs
Each University Park-based college has a college multicultural office that provides support for underrepresented/underserved students within the college. This section includes links to each of the college multicultural programs offices.

McNair Scholars Program
Works with undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help prepare them to pursue doctoral studies in the disciplines of their choosing.

Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs
Coordinates the recruitment, retention, and professional development of underrepresented graduate students.

Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State's diversity initiatives. Educational Equity's vision is a Penn State community that is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

University Office of Global Programs
The University Office of Global Programs oversees education abroad programs; hosts international students, scholars, and international visitors; and provides support for the University's international partnerships and collaborations around the world.

Women in the Sciences and Engineering at Penn State
Information and resources for women in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Penn State.

Resources and Activities

Diversity Calendar
This University-wide WebEvents calendar provides a daily listing of diversity-related events, exhibits, meetings, displays, activities, etc. at Penn State that make a contribution to Penn State’s diversity goals as articulated in A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2010-15.

LGBT Support Network
The Network provides a way for supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves.

Penn State Policy AD42 Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment
Penn State Policy AD29 Statement on Intolerance

University Libraries LGBT Studies Collection
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (hereafter called lgbt) collection supports the teaching and research needs for faculty and scholars in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to Art and Art Education, Comparative Literature, Education, English, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Human Development, History, and Women's Studies. These resources also serve the general and popular interests of students, members of the LGBT community, and the public at large.

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Faculty and Staff

Commissions, Committees, and Professional Development

Administrative Fellows Program
The Administrative Fellows Program provides professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (with standing appointments). By serving under the mentorship of a senior level administrator, fellows receive opportunities to broaden their perspectives and experiences in higher education administration.

Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity
Created in 1991, the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity (CLGBTE) is an advisory group to the President. The purpose of the commission is to improve the climate for diversity within Penn State by specifically addressing issues affecting the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of the University community. Membership includes Penn State administrators, faculty, staff (exempt and nonexempt), technical service employees, and students (graduate and undergraduate) from throughout Penn State.

Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity
The Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED) was appointed in 1989 by Penn State President Bryce Jordan as a University-wide advisory body to the President of Penn State in matters relating to racial and ethnic diversity. The commission is dedicated to enhancing the University's climate for diversity at all of its locations in the Commonwealth. Membership includes Penn State administrators, faculty, staff (exempt and nonexempt), technical service employees, and  students (graduate and undergraduate) from throughout Penn State.

Commission for Women
The Commission for Women (CFW) serves as an advisory group to the President of the University on the status of women at Penn State, advocates for women's concerns, and recommends solutions. Membership includes Penn State administrators, faculty, staff (exempt and nonexempt), technical service employees, students (graduate and undergraduate) from throughout Penn State.

  • Mentoring Program
    The purpose of the Mentoring Program is to enhance professional and personal development among full-time faculty, staff (exempt and nonexempt), and technical-service employees by connecting them with others who can provide advice on a variety of work-related issues, including career planning, job skill enhancement, and University involvement.


Commission for Adult Learners
Recommends changes in policies and procedures and fosters coordination and information sharing about programs and services that recruit and retain adult learners.

Equal Opportunity Planning Committee
The primary task of EOPC is overseeing the allocation of institutional funding to Penn State units for developing and implementing programs and activities intended to advance the diversity mission of the University. Funding from EOPC is intended to provide seed money for innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that create and support a climate of equity throughout Penn State.

Senior Faculty Mentor
The senior faculty mentor provides a variety of supportive services to tenure track faculty members belonging to underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to facilitate attainment of tenure and promotion. Services offered include: mentoring; individual consultations regarding progress toward tenure and promotion, including review of dossiers; advice regarding vitae maintenance and development; supplemental travel support to attend conferences; and activities to promote networking and a sense of community, including a listserv for disseminating relevant information.

University Faculty Senate Standing Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment
The Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment, in conjunction with other Senate Committees and other bodies outside of the University Faculty Senate (e.g., Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity), will recommend policy and advise the University on activities to improve the campus environment and educational equity across the entire University at all of its campuses.

Information, Data, and Resources

Affirmative Action Office/Diversity Education Services
Supports and monitors Penn State's Affirmative Action plan and provides diversity training for Penn State work units.

African American Chronicles
This timeline-based website chronicles the struggles and successes experienced by African Americans at Penn State.

Africana Research Center
The mission of the ARC is to encourage and support research and scholarship on Africa and its Diaspora that will enhance the lives of persons of African descent in the United States and throughout the Diaspora, and serve as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach missions of Penn State.

Diversity Calendar
This University-wide WebEvents calendar provides a daily listing of diversity-related events, exhibits, meetings, displays, activities, etc. at Penn State that make a contribution to Penn State’s diversity goals as articulated in A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2010-15.

Diversity Strategic Planning
Penn State is among the national leaders in higher education in diversity strategic planning. We are presently within the third five-year plan, A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State 2010-15, and are laying the groundwork for merging diversity strategic planning into Penn State’s overall strategic planning process.

Fact Book
Penn State’s Fact Book contains a wide variety of information and data on students, faculty and staff, budget and finances, research expenditures, and alumni and development activities.

Faculty/Staff Survey
Penn State's 2008 Faculty/Staff Survey, sponsored by the Office of the President and coordinated by the Penn State Office of Human Resources, received responses from over 8,400 full-time faculty and staff for a 51.4 percent return rate. The major sections in the survey were Attitudes and Practices, Diversity, Administrative Practices and Activities, and Overall Impressions.

Framework Strategic Indicators
An important step in advancing the Framework is monitoring University progress under each Challenge by means of a set of strategic indicators.

LGBT Support Network
The Network provides a way for supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves.

Office of Human Resources
Penn State's Office of Human Resources provides information on job opportunities and employment resources, retiree benefits, health and wellness opportunities, and other services.

  • Penn State Benefits (including domestic partner benefits)
    Penn State offers benefits-eligible employees the opportunity to extend various benefits and policies to same-sex, domestic partners. This includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as accidental death and dismemberment insurance.


Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) facilitates the University's planning, improvement, and assessment initiatives.

Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State's diversity initiatives. Educational Equity's vision is a Penn State community that is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Penn State Policy AD42 Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment
Penn State Policy AD29 Statement on Intolerance

University Faculty Senate Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force
The purpose of this Task Force is to bring a diverse group of administrators, faculty, and students together to work collaboratively to engage in dialogue and provide recommendations to the University Faculty Senate and the administration to enhance diversity awareness in the University community.

University Libraries LGBT Studies Collection
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (hereafter called lgbt) collection supports the teaching and research needs for faculty and scholars in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to Art and Art Education, Comparative Literature, Education, English, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Human Development, History, and Women's Studies. These resources also serve the general and popular interests of students, members of the LGBT community, and the public at large.

University Office of Global Programs
The University Office of Global Programs oversees education abroad programs; hosts international students, scholars, and international visitors; and provides support for the University's international partnerships and collaborations around the world.

World in Conversation Project
Facilitates radically open dialogues that expand perspectives and invite greater understanding between people locally and globally.

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External Resources


American Council on Education (ACE) Inclusive Excellence Group
Focuses on programs, resources, and research to foster greater diversity and inclusion in higher education, particularly within the senior leadership.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
Since 1971 AAC&U has developed initiatives that bring together faculty and institutions of higher learning to provide national leadership that advances diversity and equity in higher education, and the best educational practices for an increasingly diverse population.

CIC Diversity and Recruitment
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, of which Penn State is a member, is committed to fostering campus communities that reflect the broader diversity of the United States. This website provides tools for member institutions to share resources for recruiting and developing diverse talent pools.

CLNet Diversity Resource
This resource, maintained by the Chicana/o Latina/o Network, was one of the earliest diversity web gateways. It has specific sub-groupings for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native American Indians, Women, and Gay and Lesbian studies.

Diversity Central
DiversityCentral.com is a business center for practicing effective diversity management and developing cultural intelligence.

DiversityInc.com
The online home of DiversityInc Magazine has information about best practices in diversity management, mentoring, resource groups, legal issues related to diversity and inclusion, and the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

DiversityWeb
DiversityWeb is a comprehensive compendium of campus practices and resources about diversity in higher education that you can find anywhere. The site is designed to serve campus practitioners seeking to place diversity at the center of the academy’s educational and societal mission.

HBCU-Levers “Gateway to HBCUs”
This site hosts the Digital Learning Lab’s “Gateway to HBCUs” – reliable, comprehensive links to news of recent academic achievements of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), i.e., their teaching/learning, research, and community service… plus an op-ed blog and links to useful reports.

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights. Resources include Buyers Guide, Municipal Equality Index, Corporate Equality Index, Healthcare Equality Index, and more.

I’m First
I'm First is an online community offering support, advice, and encouragement to students who will be the first in their family to pursue higher education.

Insight Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. For nearly forty years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has connected potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities.

Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals
The mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. They strive to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work, to seek climate improvement on campuses, and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT offices and centers.

Oyate
Oyate’s work includes critical evaluation of books and curricula with Indian themes, conducting workshops on “Teaching Respect for Native Peoples,” administration of a small resource center and reference library; and distribution of literature and learning materials for children, youth, and their teachers. Oyate tries to emphasize in its inventory the lifting up of writing and illustration by Native people from across North America.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) defends the right to live, work, and learn free from illegal discrimination. The PHRC enforces Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws and promotes equal opportunity and encourages diverse workplaces, schools, and communities where differences are not just tolerated, but celebrated. PHRC investigates complaints of illegal discrimination.

Pennsylvania Office of Public Liaison
The Office of Public Liaison (OPL) oversees the executive nominations and appointments process. The office also provides members of the commonwealth's numerous boards and commissions a direct link to the Governor's Office. Through OPL, board and commission members advise the Governor about policies, procedures, and legislative proposals.

  • Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs
    The Governor relies on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs to advise him of issues affecting the commonwealth’s African American community, and what solution-oriented steps can be taken to ensure inclusion of African Americans at all levels within the commonwealth.
  • Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs
    To ensure the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is responsive to the needs and concerns of its Asian American citizens, the Governor turns to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs to jointly plan, develop, and promote initiatives that will benefit Asian American Pennsylvanians.
  • Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
    The Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs is the commonwealth's advocate agency for its Latino residents. The commission is tasked with working to ensure that the administration attune to the needs of the Latino community, and helps afford it the opportunities it needs to continue to prosper in Pennsylvania.
  • Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
    The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities was established to make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedure regulations and legislation that assist people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. This Cabinet serves as a liaison to this specific population, and serves as a resource to entities under the Governor’s jurisdiction, ensuring equality for people with disabilities in all facets of state government within the commonwealth.
  • Pennsylvania Commission for Women
    The mission of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women is to identify and advance the diverse needs and interests of Pennsylvania women and girls; to inform, educate, and advocate for its constituents; and to provide opportunities to empower women and girls to reach their highest potential.


ReducingStereotypeThreat.org

Reducingstereotypethreat.org was created by two social psychologists as a resource for faculty, teachers, students, and the general public interested in the phenomenon of stereotype threat. This website offers summaries of research on stereotype threat and discusses unresolved issues and controversies in the research literature. Included are some research-based suggestions for reducing the negative consequences of stereotyping, particularly in academia.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

  • Teaching Tolerance
    Teaching Tolerance is an online resource for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation, and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity, and respect for differences in schools.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates
Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates 8th Edition, December 2012. This 8th edition of WICHE's Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates includes data on enrollments and graduates by state and for major racial/ethnic groups covering the period from 2009-10 to 2027-28.

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