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Diversity at Smeal

Smeal is strongly committed to encouraging a sense of community that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes diversity among all of our members. Through the following services and opportunities, we work with incoming, current, and international students to enrich the academic experience, while connecting corporate partners to potential recruits.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

We offer many ways for students to learn more about the opportunities available in Smeal. Programs such as the Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) introduces rising high school seniors to life at Penn State. We also offer prospective student info sessions where high school students and their families can arrange a visit with a Smeal academic adviser.

Current Undergraduate Students

By providing personalized academic counseling, connection to corporate recruiters through networking events, leadership opportunities, and access to a variety of scholarships and awards, we help students enrolled in Smeal to achieve their educational goals and reach their full potential.

Graduate Students

Through close-knit and supportive learning communities, our MBA and Ph.D. programs provide a number of leadership opportunities through diversity-focused student organizations as well as financial assistance and scholarships to meet the needs of our students.

START Conference

This one-day conference focuses on business initiatives in diversity by gathering corporate, academic, and community speakers. Conference participants gain knowledge and information about issues regarding diversity, awareness, respect for oneself and others. Students have the opportunity to network with corporate representatives, explore career paths, and gain insight into the corporate climate of presenting companies.

Women of Smeal

This initiative is designed to provide forums for discussing and encouraging women's leadership through networking and mentoring. It is both raising awareness of existing initiatives, and also creating new opportunities for personal and professional development. The initiative, which grew from cross-constituent requests, includes alumni and students as well as our faculty and staff colleagues.

Corporate Partners

We help facilitate contact between our corporate partners and underrepresented students through events, student organization programming, conferences, sponsorship opportunities, and networking.  Throughout the year, Smeal student organizations host Signature Events to enhance the student experience while also helping students gain exposure to professional and academic networks.

Support Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs

The programs and scholarships offered through the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs are available by the generous support of our donors.  Donations will go to professional development programming, emergency scholarships, books and support for the students our office represents.  Gifts to support the programs help to strengthen and sustain the goals and objectives of the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs. 

Every gift makes a difference.  Give online or contact us to explore the options.