Diversity and Inclusion at Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community and has established numerous groups to pursue and accomplish this goal.

2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Banquet

2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Banquet

Monday, January 15, 2024 • 5:30 p.m. • Hershey Lodge 

Theme: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

numerous people grasping hands as a sign of diversity and unity

The Council on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity (CORED)

CORED serves as an advisory and consultative body to the Chancellor, providing college leadership with innovative, evidence-informed recommendations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, it works to identify barriers that inhibit the full inclusion and advancement of faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented and/or underserved populations.

A female college student hugging the Nittany Lion mascot

Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to the University’s values and mission to support all community members.

Penn State Harrisburg shares these values and mission with a commitment to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. The Student DEI office works with students, providing training and programming.

Two international students perform at Diwali, playing guitar and singing

The International Students Office

Each year, Penn State Harrisburg becomes the home of hundreds of international students from several dozen different countries. The International Student Office houses the International Student Advisers and provides support services for international students in matters relating to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) paperwork, social, and cultural issues.

college students of all ethnicities posing near the Lion Shrine

Diversity and Educational Equity Committee (DEEC)

The DEEC aims to create and engage in activities cultivating a safe and supportive campus community that values diversity and fosters good citizenship. It strives to improve communication and encourage respect within its interdependent campus communities by enhancing the development of relationship skills and providing opportunities to share experiences and diverse perspectives among members of the college community.

The Nittany Lion mascot holding a Walk A Mile in Her Shoes sign

Commission for Women

The CFW Liaison group identifies areas of concern for the women employees and students of Penn State Harrisburg. It is a forum for exchanging ideas that can translate into improved practices to support women at the college.

Currently, the CFW is on hiatus and is seeking members and leaders to reinvigorate the group. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Dr. Wanda Knight.