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Diversity Enhancement

The mission of the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs is to assist in the development of a diverse learning community by creating a welcoming climate for all undergraduate students. Through a variety of academic, professional, and personal enhancement opportunities, our office helps diversity students leverage the resources available through our distinctive learning community.

Services and Opportunities

Personalized Academic Planning: Advising staff will help you navigate your academic path, monitor your progress, and ensure you receive guidance when needed. Advisers will work with you to select a major, provide insights on which courses to take, and help you to hone in on your specific interests to make the most of your academic experience.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Penn State, Smeal, and the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs are dedicated to providing financial assistance to students who qualify. Scholarships are available for both needs-based and merit-based students.

Student Organizations: Smeal provides a variety of leadership and professional development opportunities, including eight diversity-focused student organizations.

S.T.A.R.T. Diversity Conference: Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow (S.T.A.R.T.) is a student-run diversity conference where committee members work closely with corporate representatives to develop an agenda of workshops featuring best practices pertaining to diversity topics and initiatives.

Corporate Networking Opportunities: Smeal will assist you with corporate networking and placement activities through a variety of events, leadership seminars, and internships sponsored by leading companies.