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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.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons.  It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.  Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to Dr. Kenneth Lehrman III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action, Affirmative Action Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901, Email: kfl2@psu.edu, Tel (814) 863-0471 (V/TTY).

For reference, the full policy is available at: https://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD85.html.