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Diverse fields of study that share one
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The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is open for in-person appointments. Upon request, we can offer remote appointments. To schedule an appointment, go to the HHD Office for Diversity and Inclusion in the Starfish Services Center, email, or call 814-863-1291. You may also email Joyce Hopson-King at or David de la Rosa at


The Office for Diversity and Inclusion promotes the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion that cultivates a welcoming climate for the College of Health and Human Development's students, faculty and staff through direct student and administrative services, programming and consultation.

Welcome from the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion icon-olus-circle

"Our team is pleased to be a part of a collective University-wide commitment that celebrates our diversity and is vigorously engaged in strengthening our mutual capacities to create an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment. The Office serves as the focal point and resource for diversity, equity and inclusion services, outreach and consultation. Our work has traditionally been focused on serving constituencies historically underrepresented in higher education and we remain dedicated to providing the tools and support necessary for prospective and enrolled students to successfully achieve their academic goals, graduate and pursue professional careers. We do this, in part, by creating a space where all are welcome and can develop and thrive, leading/advancing diversity strategic planning and building collaborative relationships with staff, faculty, administrators across campus and our local community. Though we deeply value our connections to College and campus partners who share our desire and efforts to increase intercultural communications, advocate for social justice and equity and enrich the campus climate for diversity and inclusive excellence, this important work cannot happen without every heart, hand and mind.

We invite you to stop by the office to meet us, explore our resources and to join us in cultivating a community that embraces and celebrates individual uniqueness, respect and dignity."

                                                                       Joyce Hopson-King, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

College of Health and Human Development Commitment to Diversity icon-olus-circle

The College of Health and Human Development embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in both its mission and vision. Our goal is to empower a broadly diverse generation to become leaders and scholars who promote human health, development and quality of life throughout the lifespan.

With our focus on the improvement of the quality of individuals' lives within their families and communities, the College of Health and Human Development naturally places the understanding of diversity in a central position in both its mission and vision. Through teaching, research, and outreach programs, we strive to communicate the importance of diversity to both College and community members. Diversity is broadly defined by the College as "human differences" including differences in age, social class, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender, gender expression, religion, veteran status, and sexual orientation.

Penn State Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion icon-olus-circle

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Health and Human Development fully supports Penn State's Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

At Penn State:

  • We will foster and maintain a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the communities we serve.
  • We will educate our faculty, staff, and students to be social justice advocates, creatively providing curricula, programs, and environments that reflect the diversity of our communities, and elevate cultural awareness.
  • We will ensure fair and inclusive access to our facilities, programs, resources, and services, and ensure that all of our policies and practices are inclusive and equitable.
  • We will advance and build our workforce by assessing hiring practices and performance review procedures to attract, retain, and develop talented faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • We will address intergroup disparities in areas such as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
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"I would not have grown nearly as much as a student and professional had it not been for everyone in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion."

Dejah Harley Biobehavioral Health, class of 2018