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The College of the Liberal Arts is committed to the recruitment, development, graduation, and placement of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds. Over twenty-five per cent of Liberal Arts graduate students are international, including many from Asia and Africa; and over 17% of domestic students are minorities. In addition to substantial financial aid, minority students at Penn State and in the Liberal Arts can count on funding, support services, cultural events, and research and professional development opportunities that they need to reach their goals.


World in Conversation builds partnerships in Wuhan, China

The World in Conversation Center (WinC) staff members Trent Hall, Jenny Beben and Shannon Howley recently met with students, faculty and staff of the Wuhan Institute of Technology (WIT) in China. The relationships fostered by the trip will increase the number of meaningful virtual dialogues to transpire between Penn State and WIT students, as the center continues to expand the scope of its global dialogue. Full story...

Undergraduate diversity institute in philosophy receives Mellon grant

The American Philosophical Association (APA) has received a major grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support and expand undergraduate diversity institutes at universities such as Penn State. The grant will provide $600,000 over three years for these institutes in philosophy, including the expansion of the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) program and the development of infrastructure to support it and other undergraduate diversity institutes. Full story...

Fellows join Africana Research Center

The Africana Research Center (ARC) recently announced its three postdoctoral and three dissertation fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. The program supports early career scholars and junior faculty who conduct research centered on or related to Africa and the African diaspora and assists them in establishing themselves in academia. The ARC fellows are housed in departments within the College of the Liberal Arts. Click here for full story.

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