Diversity Statement

Penn State Smeal College of Business Diversity statement

We will make a meaningful impact on a society in which too many derive benefit from systemic racism and other forms of prejudice and bias, both implicitly and explicitly. 

Using our influence as a global leader in business education, we will strive to make life better for people who experience oppression by virtue of age, religion, disability, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, language, family structure, marital status, socio-economic status, geographical background, education or professional experience. 

We acknowledge the global business community as a powerful force for social justice, and we commit to provoking thought, conducting research, sparking dialogue, engaging with others, and preparing future leaders to advance this essential purpose.

Together, we will take action to nurture and promote a culture in which everyone feels safe, valued, respected, and empowered to bring themselves fully and authentically to our campuses and classrooms. We will:

  • Condemn acts of racism, prejudice, and bias
  • Actively listen to the concerns of those who experience oppression
  • Continuously evaluate our policies and practices regarding, hiring, training, recruitment, and pedagogy
  • Collectively study the history of racism, injustice, and bias, and pursue contemporary solutions through research and education
  • Engage with community leaders to increase diversity and instill a universal sense of belonging on and off our campuses