Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, inclusion, and equity are fundamental to the University’s values and mission to support all members of our Commonwealth and beyond. We strive to assertively incorporate these values into our research, teaching, learning, outreach, assessment, operations, and decision-making at all levels of the University.

The School of Public Policy in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State strives to increase diversity and to fully include members of underrepresented groups among students, staff, and faculty. Diversity in students, staff, and faculty enhances overall creativity, intellectual pursuit and accomplishments, and contributes meaningfully to the training of citizens in a democratic society. The qualities that people from diverse backgrounds bring to institutions of higher education help us think more complexly, consider varied perspectives, create new approaches, and achieve excellence as community members and leaders in an ever-changing world. 


Learn more about the College of the Liberal Arts' commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Office of Educational Equity is charged with fostering diversity and inclusion at Penn State and creating a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University’s faculty, staff, leadership, and student body. 

Penn State has established several initiatives to address racism, bias, and community safety while advancing meaningful change.