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