Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of International Affairs

"At the School of International Affairs, we are deeply committed to being a welcoming and inclusive environment for every member of our community and combating bias and inequality wherever it exists. The School of International Affair’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Steps and our newly adopted Bias Complaint Process are examples of this commitment.  But we are not finished. Looking back over three decades of service in the armed forces of the United States, I have witnessed people of varied backgrounds come together to achieve the most extraordinary results. This is what we must do as a community at the School of International Affairs. We must listen to each other in a spirit of shared humanity while acknowledging that our life experiences may be different. We must learn from the past, seek to better understand our global community, and come together—courageously—to pursue justice and fulfill our highest aspirations for what our community, and our nation, can be."

James W. HouckJames W. Houck
Interim Dean, Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Vice Admiral, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Distinguished Scholar in Residence
Director, Center for Security Research and Education

Statement of Penn State Law and School of International Affairs Community Against Racism

Concrete DEI Action Steps

Statement on the Deadly Shootings in Atlanta

Statement on Deadly Shootings and Ahead of the Verdict

The Need for Greater Justice

Pride Month/Day and Immigrant Heritage Month

Pride Month/Day and Immigrant Heritage Month


Penn State University Acknowledgement of Land

In collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples Student Association (IPSA) and the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance (IFSA)

The Pennsylvania State University campuses are located on the original homelands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), Lenape (Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe, Stockbridge-Munsee), Shawnee (Absentee, Eastern, and Oklahoma), Susquehannock, and Wahzhazhe (Osage) Nations. As a land grant institution, we acknowledge and honor the traditional caretakers of these lands and strive to understand and model their responsible stewardship. We also acknowledge the longer history of these lands and our place in that history.

School of International Affairs Community Messages

7/19/21 Message to the Penn State Law and SIA community on DACA ruling
5/25/21 The Need for Greater Justice
4/20/21 Statement on the Deadly Shootings and Ahead of the Verdict
3/18/21 Statement on the Deadly Shootings in Atlanta
3/1/21 Condemning Anti-Asian Violence and Supporting Asian Members of Our Community
2/16/21 Zoom Bombing Yesterday
1/30/21 Zoom Bombing at Penn State's Virtual Spring Involvement Fair
1/9/21 Advancing Rule of Law and Racial Equity
1/6/21 Statement on the Assault on the Rule of Law
10/30/20 The Profound Need for Greater Justice
9/25/20 Breonna Taylor Decision
8/28/20 Statement on Jacob Blake and the Urgent Need for Action
8/4/20 Update on International Students
7/23/20 Time Sensitive Opportunity (only until July 31) to Build Match for George Floyd Memorial Scholarship
7/14/20 ICE Policy Rescinded
7/9/20 Update on Efforts to Support International Students
7/7/20 ICE Announcement about International Students and Remote Learning for Fall 2020
6/19/20 Juneteenth Celebration and Reflection
6/10/20 Supporting the Penn State School of International Affairs Black Community and Developing Concrete Action Steps
6/9/20 Penn State Law and SIA Open Letter Against Racism for Signature
5/30/20 Supporting Each Other and Collaborating to Address Hatred and Bias


University Resources Mental Health and Counseling
University Resources for Reporting Bias Recommended Reading
SIA Reporting Bias Process Multimedia Resources
Disability Accommodations Montague Law Library resources on
Understanding and Dismantling Racism
DACA Resources LGBTQ Resources
AAPI Resources  

Penn State School of International Affairs Contacts


Recent DACA decision prompts renewed calls for permanent solution, Penn State News, July 19, 2021.

Asian Americans: Good Americans Screening & Panel by WPSU, WPSU, May 27, 2021.

Senate passes diversity and equity resolutions in final meeting of the year, Penn State News, May 5, 2021.

How to Talk About Anti-Asian Racism with International Students, University of Kentucky Office of China Initiatives, April 29, 2021.

Panel Resource List



Police Release Names of 8 Victims in Indianapolis Shooting, The New York Times, April 18, 2021.

Penn State leaders share message ahead of expected verdict in Minneapolis, Penn State News, April 18, 2021.

Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fedex Facility Shooting, The Sikh Coalition, April 17, 2021.

SAALT Stands in Solidarity with Sikh Siblings, South Asian Americans Leading Together, April 17, 2021.

Hate Crime Investigation, State College Police Department, April 16, 2021.

Justice Education Week: Keynote: Angela Davis, Penn State College of Education, April 19, 2021.

There's a lack of diversity in Centre County government. Candidates are trying to change that, Centre Daily Times, April 11, 2021.

The Biden Administration is Ending Use of Term "Illegal Alien" in Many Government Communications, Buzzfeed News, February 16, 2021.

Student Code of Conduct updated with task force recommendations, Penn State News, January 20, 2021.

Virtual roundtable focuses racial equity and the rule of law, Penn State School of International Affairs, January 15, 2021.

Roundtable Discussion & Community Dialogue: Advancing Rule of Law and Racial Equity
January 14, 2021


Penn State campus communities to commemorate, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., Penn State News, January 11, 2021.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration to be held virtually on Jan. 15, Penn State News, January 11, 2021.

A message from President Barron on violence in nation's capital, Penn State News, January 6, 2021.

Racism, bias, and community safety recommendations discussed during town hall, Penn State News, December 9, 2020.

Draft reports on racism, bias, community safety initatives posted for review, Penn State News, December 3, 2020.

Penn State Law collaborates to establish new diversity scholarships, Penn State News, October 28, 2020.

Penn State joins with higher education groups to oppose visa rule change, Penn State News, October 27, 2020.

Penn State joins others in asking for Executive Order to be rescinded, Penn State News, October 19, 2020.

Penn State ranks among top LGBTQ-friendly schools for commitment and inclusion, Penn State News, October 14, 2020.

Ad Hoc Civilian Oversight Board Study Committee's concludes second public meeting, Daily Collegian, October 2, 2020.

Task Force on Policing and Communities of Color is reconvened with more partners, Penn State News, September 30, 2020.

Penn State College of Liberal Arts Film Screening & Conversation, October 8, 2020, 4:30 p.m. (screening), 6:00 p.m. (panel)

New Immigration Rules Will Have Big Impact on International Students, Forbes, September 28, 2020.

New resources available for underrepresented, marginalized faculty members, Penn State News, September 28, 2020.

Task force shares progress, recommendations following review of code of conduct, Penn State News, September 17, 2020.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month at Penn State, Penn State News, September 11, 2020.

Big 10 Law School Speaker Series: Perspectives on Race, Law, and Equality, September 1 - November 17, 2020.

International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need To Know, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, updated August 11, 2020.

Where do new international students stand?, Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2020.

Top 5 Immigration Policies of 2020: Midyear Report, Law360, July 14, 2020.

Penn State Virtual Town Hall Recording: International Student, Immigration, and Remote Learning, July 14, 2020.

Penn State 'very pleased' after White House, ICE rescind rule that threatened international students, Centre Daily Times, July 14, 2020.

Penn State joins amicus brief in support of international students, Penn State News, July 13, 2020.

Penn State Virtual Town Hall: International Student Immigration and Remote Learning, Tuesday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. (EST)

Quarterly Newsletter, Black Women in International Affairs, June 30, 2020.

What the borough council's racial justice resolution means for the State College community, policing, Daily Collegian, June 26, 2020.

Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias, Penn State News, June 25, 2020.

Iris Richardson embraces role as Penn State University Police's first director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Daily Collegian, June 24, 2020.

Resolution 1258 — Demanding Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion, Engage State College, June 23, 2020.

What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for The Takeaway, June 22, 2020.

How rule of law saved DACA, for now, The Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2020.

DACA: Some Thoughts, Some Links, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, June 18, 2020.

What Happens Now That The U.S. Supreme Court Has Upheld DACA?, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Wisconsin Public Radio, June 18, 2020. 

‘Change the Code’ campaign hopes to fight racism at Penn State, Daily Collegian, June 17, 2020.

Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project, The Association of American Law Schools, June 2020.

Liberal Arts dean examines the history of civil rights and civil unrest, Penn State News, June 9, 2020.

Discussing Race in America with former Penn State Law student, Dr. Dwayne Wright, J.D., Ph. D., June 9, 2020.

Members named to President's Commissions for Equity, Penn State News, April 24, 2019.