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The Climate & Diversity committee is charged by the dean to assess and improve the climate of the Chemistry Department and the overall Eberly College of Science.

Climate & Diversity Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty

The Eberly College of Science Code of Mutual Respect:

The Eberly College of Science is a community dedicated to personal and academic excellence. The Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation was developed to embody the values that we hope our faculty, staff, and students possess, consistent with the aspirational goals expressed in the Penn State Principles. The University is strongly committed to freedom of expression, and consequently, the Code does not constitute University or College policy, and is not intended to interfere in any way with an individual’s academic or personal freedoms. We hope, however, that individuals will voluntarily endorse the 12 principles set forth in the Code, thereby helping us make The Eberly College of Science a place where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.

The 12 Principles of the Code are:

  1. Treat everyone equally and with respect
  2. Be courteous
  3. Be ready to communicate
  4. Encourage others and share your expertise with them
  5. Give and accept constructive criticism
  6. Be receptive to change
  7. Be a team player
  8. Get involved
  9. Have a positive attitude
  10. Be honest and accept responsibility
  11. Recognize other people’s priorities
  12. Strive to do your best

For more information:

http://science.psu.edu/climate/support-and-resources/code-of-mutual-respect-and-cooperation-pdf

Department Ombudspeople:

Each department has at least two ombudsmen who work to assist in conflict resolution when it arises. This includes facilitating communication between conflicting parties and referring people to a variety of resources for further assistance. For more information about the ombuds program go here:

http://science.psu.edu/climate/support-and-resources/ombudsmen

The current ombudspeople for the Chemistry Department are:

L. Jensen     814-867-1787     jensen@chem.psu.edu
K. Knappenberger     814-865-1228     klk260@psu.edu
P. Maslak     814-865-2991     pm@chem.psu.edu
K. Masters     814-863-3319     kmasters@psu.edu

University Offices:

ECoS Office of Diversity and Inclusion: http://science.psu.edu/diversity

Affirmative Action Office: http://www.psu.edu/dept/aaoffice/index.html

Office of Global Programs: https://global.psu.edu/

Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity: http://equity.psu.edu/cored

Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity: http://equity.psu.edu/clgbtqe

Commission for Women: http://equity.psu.edu/cfw/

Centre County CanHelp (suicide prevention hotline): 1-800-643-5432

 

ECoS Climate and Diversity Committee Information and Feedback Link:

The ECoS climate and diversity committee was formed by Dean Larson in 1999 and charged to foster an inclusive atmosphere within the college that promotes cooperation and tolerance among all its members.  The committee is a proactive policy-making body composed of faculty, staff, postdocs, students and administrators that works to identify areas in need of improvement within the college climate and the best approaches to address them.

Main Page: http://science.psu.edu/climate/climate-and-diversity

The primary tools used by the committee to identify areas in need of attention are:

  • Feedback from departmental committees, ombudsmen and members of the college
  • A periodic anonymous survey distributed electronically to all members of the college
  • Anonymous suggestions via the committee’s website:

Feedback Link: http://science.psu.edu/climate/support-and-resources/climate-and-diversity-awareness-form

Resources just for students:

Gender Equity Center: http://sites.psu.edu/genderequity/

Counseling and Psychological Services: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/

Health Promotion and Wellness: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness

Penn State Learning (tutoring etc.): http://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/

LGBTQA Student Resource Center: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/lgbtqa/

Multicultural Resource Center: http://equity.psu.edu/mrc

Office of Veterans Programs: http://equity.psu.edu/veterans/

Student Disability Resources: http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources

 

Student Organizations https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/orgdirectory/Search.aspx:

Including:

African Students Association

Black Caucus

Latino Caucus

Native American Student Association

Penn State University Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.

Puerto Rican Student Association

Women in Engineering Program (WEP)

Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP)

SACNAS

Graduate Women in Science

Numerous Religion-Focused Student Organizations