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Diversity and Inclusion

Penn State Residence Life is committed to the development of a safe and inclusive living-learning community for residence hall students. To meet this aim, Residence Life provides programs, services, and support to enusre the residence halls are a welcoming place for all students. We also provide educational programming to help students reflect upon topics such as social identity, current events, and the role they play in ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for everyone living in their community. Our current programmatic efforts include:

Inclusive Language Campaign - Would You Say That If You Knew My Story?

The purpose of the Inclusive Language Campaign is to educate students about the impact their words have on others. The campaign provides residence hall students with the opportunity for personal reflection. It also provides educational strategies for students to use when talking to their peers about their language choices. The words and phrases the campaign focuses on are gathered directly from students. The current words and phrases focus on the topics of gender, race, mental health, sexual orientation, ability status, culture, and body size. The campaign is enacted through passive and active educational programming including messages in Stall Stories, Bulletin Boards, Posters, Social Media, and a 60-minute workshop that his held twice a semester and is open to any student who would like to attend.

You can follow the campaign on:


Twitter: @PSURLilc

Instagram: @psurlilc

For more information or if you want to get involved with the campaign, email

Cultural Lounges

Cultural Lounges are lounge space that were created in Penn State's residence halls in 1988 as a part of the University's response to student concerns and improving the climate for diversity on campus. There is a Cultural Lounge in each of the Residence Hall Common Buildings. They are decorated with cultural art and several have diversity-related books and magazines available so students can learn about various diversity topics.

Cultural Lounges serve as the location for programming around diversity and inclusion topics in the Residence Hall communities. Each Residence Hall area receives a budget for educational programs around these topics and plans programs throughout the year. If you have an idea for a program, or you would like to assist with your area's programming, contact your area Residence Life Office.

Residence Hall Climate Survey

The Residence Hall Climate survey is conducted every three years about diverse students' experiences living on campus. The purpose of the survey is to assess the extent to which Residence Life's programs, initiatives, and services are creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students who live on campus regardless of their social identity. The survey is sent to all residence hall students via email. The results are used to help inform departmental decisions and programmatic efforts.

For more information about Penn State Residence Life's Diversity and Inclusion effort, contact Kelly Griffith at

201 Johnston Commons | 814.863.1710 | Contact the Office of Residence Life