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S.T.A.R.T. (Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow)


The office sponsors a diversity conference known as the S.T.A.R.T. Conference. The S.T.A.R.T. (Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow) Conference is a one-day conference, organized by a committee of Smeal students, held each spring on Penn State’s University Park campus and provides participants with insights into various issues of diversity in the workplace. The conference provides a forum for a diverse multicultural group to share ideas and discuss diversity issues, which in turn opens channels of communication. Guest speakers, open forums, and workshops present the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and understand the demands of a rapidly changing world. At S.T.A.R.T., corporate representatives have the opportunity to hear the issues and concerns of students and brainstorm with them about ways to enhance their company's diversity initiatives.

There are three ways that students can be a part of S.T.A.R.T.

  1. Join the committee. The S.T.A.R.T. Conference is organized by Smeal undergraduate students who work closely with corporate representatives to deliver an agenda of workshops featuring best practices pertaining to diversity topics and initiatives.
  2. Submit an abstract. The S.T.A.R.T. Competition is an essay contest open to all Penn State undergraduate students. Winning essays are presented during the S.T.A.R.T. Conference and there is a monetary award thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors.
  3. Attend the conference. Penn State students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend the S.T.A.R.T. conference in March.


The 2017 S.T.A.R.T. Conference is being held on Thursday, March 30, 2017.