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Diversity Initiatives

Building an inclusive culture

Students, faculty, staff and science in general benefit when everyone has the chance to thrive.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

We provide a nurturing environment to support students personally, academically, and professionally in the Eberly College of Science.

Student in the lab conducting research.

College Climate and Diversity Committee

We work to provide a supportive and welcoming environment in which everyone can carry out their individual missions of research, service, teaching, and learning.

2022 Dean's Climate and Diversity Awards recipients.

Ombuds Program

We provide a safe and informal opportunity for members of our college to discuss problems and issues outside of formal channels.

A human resources office staff member speaking at the ombudsman training.

Rainbow Science Network

We work to foster a fully inclusive environment in our research groups and learning environments.

Nittany Lion Shrine Rainbow Science Network hero banner.


We bring together faculty, staff, and administration dedicated to the success of building and sustaining a diverse community.

The armillary sphere sculpture at Old Main on the University Park campus.

Diversity in STEM Corporate Partners Program

A program that provides underrepresented students with opportunities to make the most of their degree experience and pursue STEM careers through meaningful interactions with our corporate partners.

2022 Diversity in STEM Corporate Partners.
Willaman Gateway to the Life Sciences spring 2020.
A computer, phone and tablet sit on a desk with a persons hands just in frame

Penn State and Centre County offer a variety of resources for students, faculty, and staff to create a more supportive environment.

Seed grant program hero banner of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 490 students working in the laboratory.

Promoting diversity and inclusion activities within the college, to inspire departmental climate and diversity committees to take positive action, and encouraging collaboration across units.

Climate and Diversity Seed Grant Program
Willaman Gateway to the Life Sciences during a class change in the spring semester.

Show Your Gratitude

During this extraordinary time in our world, nation, and College, we want to recognize the members of our community working to keep our community thriving.