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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s mission is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to promoting the essential values of diversity, equity, and inclusion through services, outreach, and consultation. The office works with constituents, both internal and external, to fulfill the mission and build a culture that celebrates diversity.

Student Organizations

Nursing is one of the most organized professions, with nurses organizing around shared specialties, shared interests, and shared experiences.

There are several student organizations at Penn State that are supported by the Office for Equity and Inclusion. We encourage you to get involved and begin building your network within these reputable communities! Learn more »

National Organizations

There are many organizations advocating for equity and justice in nursing and health care. Learn more »


Learning to navigate the Penn State and nursing communities as a student can be full of opportunities. We are here to support you on your journey.


Find resources centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing, ranging from position statements from leading nursing organizations, webinars on being anti-racist, and articles on gender pronouns. Learn more »


Understanding the financial side of your educational journey starts by connecting with the right supports. Learn more »


Penn State has a variety of programs and units to support students from cultural centers to programming for veterans. Learn more »

Acknowledgement of Land
The Pennsylvania State University campuses are located on the original homelands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), Lenape (Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe, Stockbridge-Munsee), Monongahela, Shawnee (Absentee, Eastern, and Oklahoma), Susquehannock, and Wahzhazhe (Osage) Nations. As a land grant institution, we acknowledge and honor the traditional caretakers of these lands and strive to understand and model their responsible stewardship. We also acknowledge the longer history of these lands and our place in that history. Learn more »


Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence