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Diversity at IST

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Our mission

The College of Information Sciences and Technology has developed and will continue to develop a welcoming and nurturing climate to foster diversity. Toward that end, the college focuses on two dimensions of diversity:

  • Demographic diversity: We are committed to respecting and accepting the entire spectrum of diversity as articulated in the University's diversity mission including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and veteran's status.
  • Intellectual diversity: The hallmarks of the college include our multi-theoretical and inter-disciplinary views of information technology, the diversity represented in the multiple campuses at which our programs are offered, and our commitment and respect for the wide range of theories and practices that define the information sciences and related technologies.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is the focal point for developing multicultural initiatives across the college, promoting the value of diversity and multiculturalism, and fostering the growth of our students.

Services we provide

  • Educational programming that addresses multiple dimensions of diversity
  • "Open door" policy for social, emotional and academic support
  • Collaboration in and among student organizations including Diversity Network, Women in IST, and the IST Student Government
  • Collaboration in and among various offices and departments throughout the University

How you can get involved

By enrolling in the College of IST, you will add your diverse background and talents to the IST community and experience the close-knit association that exists within the college. You can join one of our many student organizations or engage directly with the Office of Multicultural Affairs to develop and plan educational and social events. There is a need for student volunteers to educate and celebrate (events/days/holidays) such as Hispanic Heritage Month, Disability Employment Month, Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and many others.

Additional Resources

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University.

You may direct inquiries to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 102M Information Sciences and Technology Building, University Park, PA 16802; Tel 814-865-0077 or to the Office of Affirmative Action, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; Tel 814-865-4700/V, 814-863-1150/TTY.

For reference to the full policy: https://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD85.html