Educational Equity, Diversity, 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.

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is committed to expanding diversity efforts and embarked on a number of strategic initiatives. Please visit the sections below to learn more.

One of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' strategic initiates is the status of women faculty in the college.

In the fall of 2016, Dean William Easterling charged a committee of nine faculty from the college to assess the status of women employees with faculty appointments. The dean requested that the committee consider the following questions on the professional opportunities and climate related to gender for EMS faculty:

  • What special challenges do women face in the college in achieving their professional goals and balancing those goals with their personal lives?
  • How much progress has the collegle made in the past ten years toward increasing the impact of women on achieving the college’s mission?
  • What are the college’s strengths in promoting a healthy and productive environment for women to thrive? What are its weaknesses?
  • What are some practical and potentially effective ways the College can improve the working condition for women?

Read the report: Status of Women Academics Report - College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (June 2017)

Read the Implementation Plan

In the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty. A welcoming and inclusive campus environment is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is critically important. 

During 2018-19, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will undertake a vital and relevant assessment of the environment for living, learning, and working. This is our chance to make a difference in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ future, our opportunity to make positive, lasting changes, and our time to help create a more inclusive campus. To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates has conducted more than 170 campus climate assessment projects during the last 20 years.

A team from Rankin & Associates will be working with a committee of students, staff, and faculty from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to develop and implement the assessment. The results will better enable us to not only develop programs and policies that will increase inclusivity in areas which are shown to be problematic, but also enhance and replicate programs and policies in areas which are shown to be successfully meeting the needs of the community.

Visit the Assessment of the Living, Learning, and Working in Earth and MIneral Sciences (ALLWE) webpage.