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Debra Simpson-Buchanan, M.A.

Multicultural Resource Center Staff - Debra Simpson-Buchanan, M.A.

Counselor/Diversity Advocate for Students

Debra Simpson-Buchanan has worked at Penn State for over 18 years, in several positions. Her major focus is on student development and leadership. She has a strong commitment to civic and social engagement and self-efficacy.  

Before joining the MRC as counselor and diversity advocate for students, Debra directed the College Advising Corps program that helped deserving high school students from high schools in Philadelphia, Reading, Harrisburg and Steelton, PA., realized their dream of becoming a college student. She has also served as the Assistant Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, where she focused on organizing and promoting cultural programs that developed student leadership and students’ commitment to social justice and engagement. In addition, Debra held positions at the Penn State Schuylkill and Harrisburg campuses, in the offices of Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, International and Adult Student Learners. She has also presented and facilitated many cultural-diversity workshops and has served on numerous diversity committees. Debra has also taught developmental courses as an English Adjunct Professor at Reading Area Community College.

What Debra would like you to know is that, “You can achieve your education and career goals. Don’t let anyone take away your dreams – especially you.” The essence of confidence is that it is changeable and shapeable. Learn to capitalize on your strengths and draw on all the support services that are offered to develop your confidence and to achieve your dreams.

Debra’s goal is to be a resource and mentor for you during your time at Penn State.

Debra is an avid reader and loves to laugh. She received her Bachelors of Art degree in Business and Communication from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, and her Masters of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Literature from Penn State Harrisburg. Her thesis The Emergence of Nommo and Four Principles of NTU in Toni Morrison’s Beloved was accepted for inclusion into the “Against All Odds’ African Language and Literature into the 21st Century”, in Asmara, Eritrea (Africa).

Please contact her for more information: 865-1773.

Contact Debra Simpson-Buchanan
E-mail: ddb5