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Have an IDEA about how to make a difference?

Bring your energy, advocacy and uniqueness to Residence Life and join the team as an IDEA Ambassador! This pilot program is being developed to create a stronger sense of community amongst our residents, provide resources and support, and advocate for our residential students to thrive.

  • Inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Accessibility

Penn State and Residence Life is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. The Residence Life Office is committed to the development of a safe and inclusive living-learning community that fosters academic, social, cultural, and personal growth. We strive to enable residents to develop respect and responsibility for themselves and their community.

Create a community on campus for all

IDEA Ambassadors serve as a voice and support for their residential community. As a vital part of our Residence Life team, you'll help to build a strong sense of community and celebrate our residential diversity. 

  • This is a live-on position with room and board included
Community Development

Feeling at home is the goal. You can help.

The primary focus of the IDEA Ambassadors is to connect our residential students to the resources on campus, create programming focused on equity and inclusion, and proactive education supporting inclusion across our communities.

  • Connect others with Student Affairs Identity Advocacy offices, academic college multicultural leaders, students clubs and organizations and Student Disability Resources
Area Involvement

It takes us all to make a change.

Connect with the team around you to feel supported in your efforts, grow a network of other ambassadors across our residential communities and be an active member of the team.

  • Participate in weekly Residence Life staff meetings in their area along with Resident Assistants
  • Attend biweekly staff meetings with your supervisor
  • Connect with area and resident hall governments
  • Make referrals to University agencies when appropriate
Bias Awareness, Prevention, and Response

Be a voice and support for others.

Use your skills as a communicator and advocate to make students feel safe and supported. 

  • Work directly with supervisors to promote bias awareness and prevention efforts
  • Respond and provide support to students affected by bias-motivated incidents
  • Encourage students to get involved across campus
  • Advocate for students by communicating concerns and issues with appropriate agencies

Information Sessions

Hear from the Residence Life team about the role, what qualities they're looking for in candidates, and application information.

  • Virtual Sessions

  • In-Person Sessions

    • Monday, February 19
      6:00 p.m., 108 Business Building 

    • Tuesday, February 20
      6:00 p.m., 108 Business Building 

    • Wednesday, February 21
      6:00 p.m., 108 Business Building

    • Thursday, February 22
      6:00 p.m., 108 Business Building 

    • Friday, February 23
      6:00 p.m., 108 Business Building 

Selection Process Timeline

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of your application plus an interview process with Res Life staff.  Fill out the application carefully and completely.  The selection process is as follows:

  • IA candidate information sessions held Sunday, February 18 through Friday, February 23 

  •  Applications due Sunday, February 25 

  • Interviews offered by Monday, March 11 

  • Interviews held Thursday, March 14 through Friday, March 29 

  • Offers made by Friday, April 12 

  • Offers must be accepted by Friday, April 19  

Ready to Apply?

Think this is the perfect fit for you? We'd like to have your enthusiasm and drive to make Penn State a more inclusive environment for us all. 

  • IDEA Ambassador placement for Fall 2024 is not guaranteed by participation in this process, and complete participation in the process is a requirement to be placed. 

To apply, complete the application form below in its entirety once live. Candidates will be contacted for interviews in mid-April with offers extended by the end of April. Contact with any questions.

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