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48th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet to be held Jan. 15, 2023

December 13, 2022

The 48th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s University Park campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the Bryce Jordan Center. [ More ]

Tickets for ‘A Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' on sale now

December 7, 2022

“A Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” is a vocal program modeled after the success of a Kennedy Center concert series started in 1990 that assembled university/college, worship center and community choirs to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday through song. [ More ]

New BUILD @ Penn State diversity education program now available

November 13, 2022

Penn State’s new University-wide diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) education initiative, BUILD @ Penn State, is launching this month as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to combatting bias and intolerance and building a more diverse, equitable institution that welcomes community members from all backgrounds and identities.. [ More ]

New facility dog brings smiles to Student Veteran Center

November 10, 2022

Podrick — a facility dog trained by the nonprofit organization Susquehanna Service Dogs to help individuals with things like mood, focus and anxiety — is the latest addition to the Student Veteran Center, a dedicated space in the Ritenour Building on the University Park campus to help provide student veterans and students with military ties across all campuses a sense of community and belonging. [ More ]

Jennifer Hamer named special advisor for institutional equity

November 2, 2022

Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi has appointed Jennifer Hamer, interim associate vice provost for Educational Equity and professor of African American studies and women's, gender and sexuality studies, as special adviser for institutional equity. [ More ]

Penn State’s new assistant vice provost of educational equity Seria Chatters ‘constantly’ works through barriers to connect with students

November 1, 2022

Seria Chatters is no stranger to obstacles — being legally blind and albino, she’s had many opportunities to overcome such challenges. Having lived in State College since 2013, Chatters has nearly a decade of experience serving in numerous roles across central Pennsylvania. [ More ]

Donor creates career services endowment for student veterans

October 10, 2022

An anonymous donor has pledged a gift of $1 million to create a career services endowment to support student veterans at Penn State. The gift will enable the University to create and sustain a career counselor position dedicated to helping student veterans transition into post-college careers or graduate education. More ]

Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship provides quality-of-life support to students

July 5, 2022

Housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the scholarship provides financial resources to Penn State students with intellectual and mental health diagnoses.  [ More ]

Penn State shares resources for individuals affected by horrific shootings

May 17, 2022

While its campuses are mostly quiet at the start of the summer, Penn State has resources available for students, faculty and staff who have been affected by the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, May 14. The University community is grieving the senseless loss of 10 lives at the hands of a shooter fueled by hate and racism.  More ]

Penn State to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Juneteenth as holidays

May 6, 2022

Penn State will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Juneteenth National Independence Day as official University holidays beginning in 2023, the University announced today (May 6). [ More ]

Trustees talk advancing inclusion, equity and diversity across University 

May 5, 2022

At its meeting on May 5, the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Equity and Human Resources held a discussion on one of the University’s six Strategic Plan foundations — “Advancing Inclusion, Equity and Diversity” — as part of the board’s continued commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive University. [ More ]

University to launch new diversity education pilot program 

May 3, 2022

As part of the University’s commitment to combatting bias and intolerance, Penn State is launching a pilot program for a new University-wide diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) education initiative for all Penn State employees. [ More ]

Campaign surpasses goal, raises $2.166 billion to create "A Greater Penn State" 

April 23, 2022

Top Penn State donors and leaders, along with students and faculty who have benefited from philanthropic support, gathered in the Bryce Jordan Center on the evening of Friday, April 22, to celebrate the success achieved by the University’s current fundraising campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence.” [ More ]