Diversity and Inclusion

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine address diversity and inclusion from a measurable, strategic perspective that includes, as a foundation, equal employment regulatory compliance.

Our commitment is communicated in the University’s diversity statement, which provides the foundation for our initiatives, as well as in our campus’ mission and vision statements on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Diversity Resources

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General questions about diversity at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine can be emailed to diversity@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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Human Resources Policies

Visit the Policy Portal (login required) for all Human Resources policies, including:

  • Affirmative Action in Employment
  • Religious Accommodation
  • Transgender Transition Policy and Protocol

Culture of Respect in Education Policy

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine prohibit the mistreatment, discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment or any intentional or unintentional disrespectful treatment of a subordinate student, trainee or colleague that disrupts the learning environment. See more information on the Culture of Respect in Education (CORE) policy in the Policy Portal (login required).

University Policies

Strategic Plan Expand answer

In 2015, Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine established a diversity and inclusion strategic plan that focuses on eight areas and aligns with the goals of Penn State University.

See the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Title IX Expand answer

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. All forms of sexual or gender-based harassment, including but not limited to dating and domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault are violations of Title IX.

Title IX protects individuals of all genders and sexual orientations and applies to students, faculty, staff, independent contractors, campus visitors, and other participants in University educational programs and activities.

To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the University has designated a Title IX Coordinator to monitor compliance with Title IX and ensure that reports of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct are appropriately investigated and addressed by the University.

Any student, faculty, or staff member who has questions or concerns about their rights under Title IX or who believes that they have been the victim of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, is encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response.

Penn State College of Medicine takes Title IX seriously. 

See detailed Title IX information, including contacts

Affinity Groups

Disability Affinity Resource Network Group Expand answer

Mission Statement

The mission of the Disability Affinity Resource Network Group is to provide advocacy and informational resources to develop a more welcoming and inclusive environment for patients, students and faculty/staff with disabilities, and for those who are caregivers and advocates of persons with disabilities. We also provide recommendations for advancing Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine’s commitment to increase the representation of faculty/staff with disabilities in our workforce.

Interests and Initiatives

  • Self-identification campaign
  • Spread the Word to End the Word initiative
  • Collaboration with student disability advocacy group
  • Accommodation advocacy and implementation for Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email abilitiesARNG@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Expand answer

Mission Statement

Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) is a recognized entity of the Association of American Medical Colleges and advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing the following:

  • Gender equity
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Awards and recognition
  • Career advancement

Interests and Initiatives

GWIMS provides an opportunity for its members to:

  • Participate in the advancement of women in academic medicine in a national forum
  • Expand their professional networks
  • Access new potential opportunities for mentorship
  • Learn new best practices from other organizations that advance women’s successful participation in academic medicine

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email gwims@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group Expand answer

Mission Statement

The Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group was formed to provide a resource for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine employees regarding faith, philosophy and spirituality. The group aspires to promote a culture of understanding and respect among all faiths and belief systems. The group does not participate in proselytizing, promotion or denigration of any religion; in addition, we do not denigrate other aspects of diversity, such as sexual orientation or gender identity. Our membership is open to all employees of all backgrounds, including those who identify as having non-religious beliefs.

Interests and Initiatives

  • Addressing issues and concerns of underrepresented faiths and religions in the Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine community
  • Increasing awareness around religious issues, such as misunderstandings, myths, and accommodation relating to religious expression

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email iarng@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group Expand answer

Mission Statement

The mission of the LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group is to assist in providing education, information, support and advocacy services to our campus and community. We will work toward creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for LGBT students, staff, faculty, postdocs, residents, fellows, patients and their families. We aim to sustain visibility and a sense of community throughout our campus. We are committed to building workplace equity, promoting student and staff leadership, and providing high-quality, culturally sensitive care to our patients.

Interests and Initiatives

  • National Coming Out Day
  • Collaboration and cooperation with local LGBT organizations
  • Grant programs: Bullying and suicide prevention, and smoking cessation
  • Self-identification campaign
  • Promoting an LGBT-friendly environment in all hospital and campus departments

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email lgbt@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group Expand answer

Mission Statement

The Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group is a Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine employee group dedicated to creating a military/veteran-friendly campus by recognizing, supporting and advocating the rights and needs of our military and veteran employees, students and patients. The group organizes events and develops initiatives designed to enhance the professional and personal advancement of employees with direct and indirect military affiliations within Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine and the community.

Interests and Initiatives

  • V2V – Veterans to Veterans patient visitation program
  • Veterans’ and Memorial Day activities
  • Green Light a Vet
  • Networking events with military veteran groups from The Hershey Co. and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email mvrng@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group Expand answer

Mission Statement

The Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group exists to promote cultural awareness and knowledge, networking opportunities and professional development within Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. We aspire to increase diversity at all levels by building a stronger presence in the surrounding community and participating in recruitment, retention, development and career-advancement efforts for employees of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Membership is open to all faculty and staff who would like to participate in this mission and is not mutually exclusive to faculty and staff of color, national origin or underrepresented status.

Interests and Initiatives

  • Community service and action
  • Collaboration with diverse student groups
  • Sponsoring efforts to include all voices into the discussion of diversity and inclusion at Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email marng@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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Mission Statement

NextGen has been created to provide early-career individuals with opportunities for professional development, networking and community service.

Interests and Initiatives

The group aims to:

  • Foster professional development
  • Connect early-career individuals
  • Engage and build the community inside and outside the organization

Get Involved

This group meets monthly. If you are interested in meeting dates, becoming a member, collaborating on projects, reaching out for advice, or receiving more information about the group, email nextgen@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.