Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a kaleidoscope of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace. 

Diversity at our University is a plan of action-a formal strategic initiative called A Framework to Foster Diversity. The plan keeps us on course for recruitment from underrepresented groups, as well as for retention of diverse employees through targeted mentoring, leadership development, diversity-related courses, performance recognition, and other initiatives.

Penn State Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence:

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

At Penn State:

  • We will foster and maintain a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the communities we serve.
  • We will educate our faculty, staff, and students to be social justice advocates, creatively providing curricula, programs, and environments that reflect the diversity of our communities, and elevate cultural awareness.
  • We will ensure fair and inclusive access to our facilities, programs, resources, and services, and ensure that all of our policies and practices are inclusive and equitable.
  • We will advance and build our workforce by assessing hiring practices and performance review procedures to attract, retain, and develop talented faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • We will address intergroup disparities in areas such as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

Affirmative Action Office

The Affirmative Action Office is a service organization that supports and enhances the University’s commitment to diversity in recruitment and retention of those historically underrepresented in the workforce. Within the Affirmative Action Office are:

  • Diversity Support & Education Center, whose services include needs assessment, educational workshops, and support/mentoring
  • Diversity Education Services, an educational and support system providing diversity educational programs for the entire Penn State system

Employee Affinity Groups

Campuses of the University maintain or are host to active commissions, committees and organizations that support the needs of individuals from minority groups within society and within the workplace.

Programs & Services

Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) Program

ONE Program is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities in seeking employment with Penn State’s University Park Campus.

Recruitment Program

Throughout the year, representatives participate in recruiting events at various locations.

Mentoring Program

The Diversity Mentoring Program is designed to provide each new underrepresented racial/ethnic employee in the division of Finance and Business (F&B) with a mentor to assist them in performing successfully in their current positions.

Diversity Training Programs

Workplace Learning & Performance offers several diversity-related courses to employees. Course titles include:

  • Valuing Diversity through Teamwork
  • Emotional Intelligence: A Component of Diversity
  • It’s Not so Simple Anymore: Working with Diverse Customers