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Department of Chemistry
Climate and Diversity

Increasing access

Broadening opportunities

Promoting inclusivity 

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Mission Statement

We strive to create a climate where everyone is comfortable to share their ideas, so they can grow both intellectually and personally. We recognize that diversity comes in different forms and we celebrate these differences as they strengthen our department. We work to embrace and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our student body, faculty and staff, because every member of our community is important. Likewise, we aim to increase access and broaden opportunities for diverse and underrepresented groups within our community. Our duties include assessing feedback, recognizing areas where we can do better, and making recommendations to our departmental and college administrative levels. We also seek to improve equity and inclusion in our department through outreach efforts: newsletter, climate minutes preceding seminars, get-togethers, and training activities.  We believe that an inclusive environment promoting diversity in its community members will lead to enhanced collaborations and excellence in teaching, learning, and research.



Chemists with Disabilities 

Joseph Priestley, the chemist who discovered oxygen, had a speech impediment. William H. Wollaston, who discovered rhodium and palladium, was visually impaired. And Sir John W. Gornforth, who received the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the stereochemistry of enzymatic processes, was deaf. (Source: C&EN)

Sir John W. Cornforth, who received the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the stereochemistry of enzymatic processes, was deaf. (Source: C&EN)

Albert Einstein lived with dyslexia. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (1921), the Max Plank Medal (1929), and Time magazine's Person of the Century (1999). Einstein's intellectual achievements and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with "genius." (Source: American Chemical Society, Chemists with Disabilities Committee)



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Department Ombudspeople

Department Ombudspeople work to facilitate communication between conflicting parties and refer people to a variety of resources for further assistance.

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The Climate and Diversity committee's goal is to create a  supportive and welcoming environment.

Climate & Diversity Committee
Graduate Student Advocates

The graduate student advocates help individual graduate students work through any issues that arise, help graduate students approach the Graduate Program Coordinator as needed, and serve as a liaison between graduate students, the Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Program Chair, and the Associate Head for Climate and Diversity.

Provide Feedback

The Climate and Diversity Committee wants your feedback! Keep reading to learn how you can provide feedback.

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STEM Fall Open House

This program invites underrepresented undergraduates with strong academic records and research programs to explore graduate programs at the Penn State University Park campus. Keep reading to learn more!

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Penn State offers many resources designed to create a welcoming environment for students. Keep reading to find a resource for you!

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