Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Student Organizations

Get Involved!

Interested students may join any of the student groups described below by contacting Gary Abdullah, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion.

Additional information and upcoming events may be found on the Multicultural Affairs Facebook page.

Asian/Hispanic/African/Native American Student Organization

AHANA was created to celebrate the many cultural heritages within the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Through heritage programs and other activities, we explore other cultures and backgrounds. We also bring in industry professionals to share their experiences within the communications field. Membership is open to everyone.

Penn State Association of Journalists for Diversity (PSAJD)

The Penn State Association of Journalists for Diversity strives to unite students of all cultures in the field of journalism. PSAJD members publish the quarterly newsletter, “Cultural Expressions,” which showcases the talent and expresses the views of multicultural journalism students. PSAJD is also an important partner for many diverse programs through the Office of Multicultural Affairs that celebrate diversity, including African-American Heritage Month, Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. PSAJD strives to create unity between different cultures and showcase the talents of students across campus.

Diversity Ambassadors

Diversity Ambassadors is an organization of talented students who have dedicated their time and effort to assisting new students with their development and adjustment to the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and Penn State. The diversity student peer-mentoring program provides every new student of color with a ambassador to assist with their academic pursuits, personal growth and leadership development during their first year of college. Diversity ambassadors act as referral agents, student mentors, campus tour guides and assist the assistant dean of multicultural affairs with his diversity recruitment initiatives throughout the year.

Diversity Scholars

Diversity Scholars is a group of highly motivated academic achievers who meet monthly to enhance their academic, personal, professional and leadership skills by interacting with exceptional faculty, staff, alums and distinguished visitors from the communications industry. The group includes Dean’s List Scholars, scholarship recipients and students in good academic standing. “This is a highly talented group of scholars who come together each month to develop and improve their skills to understanding our highly technological and global society,” Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs Joseph Selden said. “They are truly our future leaders for the 21st Century and beyond.”