Become involved by joining one (or more) of the business clubs and organizations offering a variety of leadership and professional development opportunities. The Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs sponsors several activities and student organizations such as:
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
Formerly known as the National Hispanic Business Association (NHBA), ALPFA aids in the educational and professional development of Hispanic business students to create strong, independent professionals and promote corporate diversity.
Ascend is the premier non-profit professional association dedicated to enabling its members, corporate partners and the community to realizing the leadership potential of Pan-Asian leaders in global corporations. Our vision is to enhance the presence and influence of current and future business leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and to serve as a collective voice for those business communities.
Through workshops, company presentations, and networking events, MBS attempts to bridge the gap between the notions of diversity within the university and the corporate world. MBS hosts an annual Multicultural Food Festival as one of its key events. This business casual dinner features a variety of ethnic dishes, cultural performances, and a presentation by the corporate sponsor. In addition, MBS hosts a Multicultural Fashion Show in November that showcases business professional and casual fashions, and clothing from various countries. The organization is committed toward extensive interaction between various corporations and its student members.
Multicultural Women's Forum
The forum is a support network for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latina female undergraduate students enrolled in Smeal. Academic and personal issues specific to women of color are discussed at monthly workshops with the goal of creating a supportive environment and increasing leadership opportunities for female students of color.
NABA works actively with business firms, corporations, colleges, and alumni of Penn State in placing minority candidates in positions in various business fields, while also providing technical seminars for those considering careers in accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Each spring, NABA hosts Netiquette, a professional development conference open to all Smeal students. The conference provides information on preparing for the next academic year’s professional development activities and career fairs. Past companies that have attended Netiquette include PNC Bank, Footlocker, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Alcoa, and Merrill Lynch.
The office sponsors a diversity conference known as the S.T.A.R.T. (Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow) Conference. This one-day conference, held each spring on Penn State's University Park campus, is organized by a committee of Smeal students and provides participants with insights into various issues of diversity. Guest speakers, open forums, and workshops focus on issues often experienced in the workplace and identify the demands of a rapidly changing workforce. Corporate representatives have opportunities to hear the issues and concerns of students as they move toward their professional careers.
OUT in Business
OUT in Business is an educational and professional group for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) business students and allies. The group aims to create an inclusive and diverse atmosphere in Smeal and to increase awareness of LGBT issues at Smeal and in the business world.
The mission of WIB is to increase the recruitment and retention of women students and faculty at Smeal. WIB also fosters an environment in which Smeal women discuss personal and professional issues pertinent to women in the corporate world. The goals of WIB are to aid in the recruitment of female students at Smeal by increasing awareness opportunities for women; fostering women’s leadership abilities and creating effective student leaders; supporting professional development of members; volunteerism in the community; and creating a network between women in business, corporate executives, and university faculty. Professional development opportunities include a student/faculty luncheon and a professional dress workshop. The WIB welcomes both male and female students of all business majors to join the organization.