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Diane Farnsworth, M.A.

Assistant Director / Counselor


Diane FarnsworthDiane Farnsworth has been working at the University since 1982 and as a counselor with the MRC since 1986. Currently, as the Assistant Director, she continues counseling students, in addition to her administrative responsibilities. Diane has come to know hundreds of students during this time and continues to value and enjoy the relationship she shares with them (some who have long graduated continue to send pictures of spouses and children as the years go on). Having been a Penn State student herself, she sees the value and need to connect with someone at the University who knows you by name, who cares about you as a student and as a person..."one with dreams, hopes, and connections with home, struggles, and stories to share." Ms. Farnsworth also recognizes the value of quickly connecting to others who share a common interest, culture or vision, by way of joining a club or organization. In addition, Diane makes every effort to connect students to upper-class students, faculty, and staff who will be valuable in the development of their future career and professional skills. Creating informal mentor relationships is important to every student, especially to those who are new to the university. After all, that's what helps makes this large institution a "home away from home."

"I want to be an advocate for students in whatever way possible. I am fully aware that some students view Penn State as overwhelming and impersonal. I want to be the staff support that changes that perception."

Diane feels particularly connected to this age group. She and her husband have three adult children, each of whom attended the University. She muses "I see the challenges and distractions this generation faces. My own children made me aware every moment!" Ms. Farnsworth works with students in time management, taking control of their environment, reducing distractions, and a lot more.  “Whatever a student wishes to talk about, I’m there to listen.”

Diane also facilitates BOTH (Blends of Traditional Heritages). BOTH is a group for all students who classify themselves as biracial or multiracial, but it centers on the experiences of students who share a common African/African American heritage. The group meets Sunday evenings, biweekly, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  It is always open to interested students. In addition, Diane is the primary adviser to all Lenfest Scholars at the University.

Contact Diane Farnsworth

For more information: 814-865-1773.