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Walking in someone elses shoesNew site helps students understand rights, responsibilities on bias, free speech

November 18, 2019

You get to know someone by walking a mile in their shoes.
A new website designed over the past year by student leaders from a wide variety of student organizations offers important background and resources for students on bias and free expression on campus, and the critical issues surrounding the rights and responsibilities of exercising free speech. - [ More ]

Enrollment up among underrepresented, Pa. resident and graduate students

October 14, 2019

Penn State overall enrollment remains relatively stable at 96,408 with a modest decline at Commonwealth Campuses
Penn State’s overall enrollment remains strong, driven in part by growing graduate student enrollments and a 21% year-over-year increase in the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in Penn State’s entering undergraduate class, according to the Fact Book released by the University today (Nov. 13). The incoming baccalaureate class increased in size by 1.8% University wide over the previous year’s class. Across the institution, total 2019 enrollment at all levels was relatively stable at 96,408, down 0.7% from last year. - [ More ]

From left to right: Thomas Poole, visiting scholar at Greater Allegheny; Marcus Whitehurst, vice-provost of the Office of Educational Equity; aportrait of the late Terrell Jones; James B. Stewart, professor emeritus at Penn State gather the Greater Allegheny's Crossing Bridges Summit in the Wunderley Gymnasium.Soulful crowd fills Greater Allegheny's Wunderley Gymnasium for Crossing Bridges

October 31, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, a crowd of more than 400 people attended Penn State Greater Allegheny’s signature program, the Crossing Bridges Summit. The summit, positioned to help bridge racial divides in the Mon Valley, featured Cornel West, a public intellectual and ground-breaking author. - [ More ]



Alumnus creates $1M scholarship to support students with disabilities

October 11, 2019

Gift is the largest ever received by the Office of Student Disability Resources
Penn State alumnus Dale Hollinger has committed to the creation of a scholarship that will provide support for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. Through an estate gift of $1 million, the Dale and Rosalie Hollinger Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will help students offset the cost of tuition, in addition to providing funding for costs associated with their disabilities. - [ More ]

Osaze Osagie imageCommunity, Penn State help raise $50,000 for Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship 

October 9, 2019

Through the contributions of family, friends and the local community, over $25,000 has been raised in support of the Osaze Olufemi Osagie Memorial Scholarship for Educational Equity. In honor of Osagie’s life and the community’s support for the scholarship, the Osagie scholarship will receive a 1:1 match from University funds, creating a $50,000 endowment benefiting students facing mental health challenges and other disabilities. - [ More ] - 

Former Penn State student Osaze Osagie and the namesake of the Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship. IMAGE: Photo provided

Rabiyatu Jalloh's impactful work leaves long-lasting legacy 

June 13, 2019

Whether she was performing in a poetry slam or heading new initiatives on campus, recent College of Education graduate Rabiyatu Jalloh left a lasting impact on the college and the community. Jalloh, who double-majored in education and public policy, and African-American studies, received numerous awards during her time as a student and made a tremendous effort to give back. - [ More ]

Penn State pledges support for Commonwealth's LGBT nondiscrimination law 

June 11, 2019

Penn State has pledged its support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pennsylvanians to live free from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. - [ More ]

Working group formed in 2018 to implement climate survey for diversity 

April 19, 2019

As part of ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus and plan for related strategic initiatives, Penn State has established a working group to implement the first University-wide climate survey focused on diversity for students and employees. The survey is expected to be administered at all campuses in spring 2020. - [ More ]

Osagie family establishes scholarship in memory of Osaze Osagie

April 3, 2019

The family of Osaze Osagie is establishing the Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship for Educational Equity at Penn State to honor his life by providing support to Penn State students with mental health challenges and other disabilities. - [ More ]

Trustees discuss diversity and inclusion with students, faculty, staff

February 22, 2019

Diversity and inclusion at Penn State were the focus of a generative discussion among students, faculty, staff and trustees held on Feb. 21 during a meeting of the Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life. The discussion, part of an ongoing series of conversations being held by trustees on a wide range of issues at the University, focused on experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds at Penn State. - [ More ]

Culture of Equity and Inclusion graphic imageToward a culture of equity and inclusion

January 16, 2019

Penn State has long recognized, on an institutional level, the importance of making the university a more diverse and welcoming place. Under the leadership of the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the University was one of the first to approach diversity goals using a strategic planning process, and remains one of the few to engage in regular comprehensive progress reviews with University leadership. - [ More ]