About EOPC

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 diversity, inclusion, and equity at all Penn State locations.

All EOPC proposals are expected to include funding from their unit. While EOPC proposals may also include funding from external funds, unit contribution is required for all EOPC proposals. Programs funded initially by EOPC that prove to be successful should, in time, become part of a unit's regular operating budget, or obtain support through external funding sources. After EOPC programs have been completed, any unused EOPC funds must be returned from the programs back to EOPC.

EOPC will fund ongoing projects in decreasing increments for a period not to exceed five years, and a new proposal must be submitted every year to receive funding. After five years, EOPC will not fund projects even if program support has not shifted to the unit or external sources. 

All members of the University community are encouraged to develop funding proposals. To ensure the appropriate coordination of EOPC programs within units, all proposals must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate academic or administrative executive prior to submission to EOPC for consideration. Proposals are funded on a competitive basis based upon available resources. To ensure that programs are advancing our strategic goals, each proposal must demonstrate a clear link to:

  1. Penn State's Strategic Plan or
  2. The unit's strategic plan