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Penn State University

Undergraduate School

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The Pennsylvania State University 201 Old Main
University Park, PA, Pennsylvania 16802
(814) 865-4700
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School Information
"This is Penn State: There’s a reason Penn State consistently ranks among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Across twenty-four campuses and an online World Campus, our 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom—it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world. Our ideals stem from our origins as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, which allow us to continue to bring positive impact to humanity through our teaching, research, and engagement mission. And across the world is a community of Penn Staters—more than half a million strong—driven by that same spirit to serve our local and global communities." The university also offer over 600 undergraduate academic programs and over 11,000 course offerings. (Source: (Source:
General Information
University-wide, Penn State hosted events, such as a recent symposium, to showcase research by scholars of critical race theory. Additionally, the university's Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) funded four graduate student research projects focusing on reducing racism or promoting anti-racist practices. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • A professor "attempted to convince two White male students that they are oppressors while discussing Coca-Cola’s 'be less White' training," according to media reports.
  • Penn State Extension offers an "Antiracism (Part 1): Self-awareness and Communication" course. The description reads, "To be antiracist is to take action against racism. Early childhood education (ECE) programs that do antiracist work look closely at how racism and inequity impact children, families, and educators and use antiracism as a lens to root out, name, and address racial biases. As programs shift their culture toward antiracism, competencies can guide best practices. This course introduces antiracism and two competencies for culturally responsive teaching—knowing your cultural lens and culturally responsive communication."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Two honors college students designed and will be instructors for "AFAM 297, Section 002: Anti-Black Racism in America," a course which "was inspired by discussions about racial unrest and injustice."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Student Code of Conduct has been revised to promote "equity and inclusion". It expands the jurisdiction of the code to off-campus conduct, as well as "acts of bias" language.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The university is "hiring a new assistant professor of architecture but is asking applicants to show their commitment to 'anti-racism and anti-oppression,'" according to Fox News. Fox News also reports, "While the position is for applicants with a background in architecture, the posting states that the 'ideal candidate' will work to 'establish a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression.'"
Program and Research Funding
  • “The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) has awarded funding for four graduate student research projects that responded to their call for work focusing on reducing racism or promoting anti-racist practices and culture.”
  • The university is looking for a new Assistant/Associate Dean for Access and Equity for the College of Arts and Architecture.
  • The university announced the creation of the "Center for Racial Justice," which will "advance the work of the Select Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias, and Community Safety" and "be dedicated to research and scholarship around racism and racial bias." The center will be within the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). The center will, "Create a fellowship program that enables faculty to focus on critical research topics within the scope of center activities through seed grants that can lead to external funding or through term appointments that foster broader collaborations" and "Create an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through scholarships and project support." The center will also, "Enable the development of racial justice pedagogies through educational tools for faculty and staff, workshops and public forums, as well as through other mechanisms."
  • The law school announced development plans for an "Antiracist Development Institute," a program that will offer "organizations across the country systems design-based approaches to implementing antiracist practices, processes and policies throughout each of their functions." The university writes, "The ADI will run its first prototype course in summer 2022, concurrent with the debut of a phase-one rollout of selected volumes from the eight- to ten-volume book series, titled 'Building an Antiracist Law School, Legal Academy, and Legal Profession.'"
  • “Reflections on Organizing and Power: Anti-Black Police Brutality and the Popular Uprisings” Zoom symposium was held at Penn State University on September 18.
  • The law school's "Race And Diversity In America" resource guide includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" and "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The university library has a "Black Lives Matter" resource guide that includes videos with Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo.
Last updated September 28th, 2022
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