Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to make the Bellisario College a comfortable, welcoming home for all students, staff and faculty.


  • fostering the growth of students as leaders and scholars by connecting them with, or providing them with, academic, career, financial, and personal advising;
  • offering a wide variety of events and cultural programming that promote a richer understanding of and respect for the diversities and similarities of all students;
  • providing opportunities to engage with an array of student clubs whose members can work together in activities that contribute to Penn State’s goals to foster diversity;
  • leading the Bellisario College in recruitment and retention of a diverse community (students, staff and faculty).


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers a wide variety of events to celebrate diversity. Highlights of programs for students, faculty, staff and the community include:

  • Guest Speakers
    Timely visitors across majors sharing topics of interest with students.
  • Heritage Month Events
    From large lectures to small-scale interactions, the office conducts a variety of events that celebrate the heritage of students and provide the opportunity for all students to learn about others.
  • Howard University Job Fair
    Washington, D.C., as a complement to the Bellisario College’s career fairs on campus and in New York City.
  • Welcome Back Ice Cream Social
    event for all members of the Bellisario College community.

Assistant Dean Gary Abdullah
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
206 Carnegie Building