Provides seed grant funding to Penn State units for developing and implementing programs and activities intended to advance the equity, respect, and belonging goal of the University.


The committee promotes greater equity for historically underrepresented and underserved groups within the University and/or those groups that have been historical targets of discrimination. EOPC was formed in 1983 as a response to a desegregation mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Education to all public institutions within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Although the desegregation mandate was lifted by the federal government several years after it was initiated, the Penn State administration decided to continue EOPC's mission and role in promoting equity at all Penn State locations.

EOPC supports and advances the University’s strategic plan see, “Advancing Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity” with investments in your programs and ideas. 

EOPC encourages you to consider submitting a proposal to gain support for equity, respect, and belonging initiatives in your unit. The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity will review proposal drafts to provide feedback in advance of submission deadlines as time and capacity permits. 

The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee is no longer accepting funding proposals for:
Summer 2024 and Academic Year 2024–2025