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Penn State offers a variety of education opportunities to actively create a more inclusive community. By attending events, workshops, and trainings, you can become an active ally and support the rights of others.

 

Resources for Education

  • Holy Day Observance Calendar recognizes the different backgrounds and faith traditions that many faculty, staff, and students practice, and promotes appreciation and respect for religious and spiritual diversity.
  • Diversity Education offered by the Affirmative Action Office gives Penn State employees an opportunity to learn about and discover diversity-related topics such as intercultural competence, becoming an active witness, religion in the workplace, and sexual harassment awareness and prevention.
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion Resources were curated by the the Office of Educational Equity, and this site features readings, videos, podcasts, and more on a variety of topics including DEI research, implicit bias, equity-minded assessment, and DEI action planning.
  • Stand for State programming will teach faculty, staff, and students how to take action when they witness sexual and relationship violence, acts of bias, mental health concerns, or risky drinking and drug use.
  • Safer People Safer Places Network seeks to create a safer and more inclusive environment for sexual and gender diversity. The program offers a variety of workshops providing a foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to the LGBTQ+ community at Penn State, including the Safer People Safer Place – LGBTQ+ Foundations workshop and Transgender & Gender Inclusion 101 workshop.
  • Learning Resource Network provides access to educational courses for Penn State employees that focus on safe, ethical, and responsible conduct, as well as professional development and growth.

 

Resources for Reporting

Penn State and Centre County offer a number of confidential and nonconfidential resources for faculty, staff, and students seeking assistance with concerns, including state-mandated reporting. Don't be silent! If you have witnessed a hate crime or bias, report the incident.

Remember—inaction becomes approval! We encourage you to contact an Eberly ombudsperson, who can work with you as you utilize these resources and potentially point you to additional resources.

 

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Resources for Students

Penn State Policies

 

Support Offices

Faculty, staff, and students can utilize a variety of support offices across the University to find and enrich their community and to receive individualized, identity-based support

 

Affirmative Action Office 

Educational Equity 

Office of Global Programs

The Graduate School 

Student Affairs