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

"As the Dean and Director of the School of International Affairs, we are deeply committed to the school being a welcoming and inclusive environment for every member of our community, and to making progress on combatting bias and inequality within the School of International Affairs, at Penn State, and in our broader society. This commitment cannot simply be a statement of support, but must involve action grounded in active listening and accountability. Our collaborative work as a community to develop Concrete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Steps reflect this commitment, which must translate into progress and be ongoing. We need to continue to listen and amplify diverse voices and to be proactive in our efforts to advance justice. We look forward to working with our community on needed change and to make an impact as international affairs leaders on major societal challenges."

Hari M. Osofsky
Dean of Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of International Affairs
Professor of Geography


Scott Gartner
Director of the School of International Affairs


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

Concrete DEI Action Steps

School of International Affairs Community Messages

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7/14/20 ICE Policy Rescinded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
Reporting Bias Recommended Reading
Disability Accommodations Multimedia Resources
DACA Resources Montague Law Library resources on
Understanding and Dismantling Racism

Penn State School of International Affairs Contacts

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group Members:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Ransom, Co-Chair; Faculty representative, exr497@psu.edu
  • Claudia Prieto, Co-Chair; Staff representative, clp31@psu.edu
  • Professor Eleanor Brown, Faculty representative, eub226@psu.edu
  • Grant Littke, Staff representative, gbl3@psu.edu
  • Sherrine Boseman-Rives, Student representative, srives@psu.edu
  • Adriana Rivera, Student representative, avr6081@psu.edu
  • Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Penn State Law Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ssw11@psu.edu

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group:


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.

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.

Recognition of Welcoming Week, Borough of State College, 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.

International Students Seeking Entry to the United States, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, July 31, 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.