The overarching responsibility of the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to promote an educational and work environment that:

  • reflects the diversity and inclusivity of the communities we serve;
  • is free of discrimination and harassment; and
  • strives to create the best culture of respect and inclusion for our patients, students/learners and faculty/staff.

We strive to meet this goal through a holistic, multi-pronged diversity imperative plan.

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Please contact the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with any questions or concerns.

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Our Mission

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The Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fully committed to devising strategies and overseeing initiatives that will advance diversity, equity and inclusion consistent with Penn State University’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence. Our commitment includes working with departments to diversify our student/learner and faculty/staff populations, consistent with the national demographics, and to support efforts to diversify our supply chain. Our goal is an organizational culture that is driven by our core values and based on the recognition that the ability to understand, value, and succeed in a multicultural world is critical to innovation and continued success in a changing healthcare landscape.

Our Staff

Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD

Chief Diversity Officer
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Rose Baron

Inclusive Program Coordinator
717-531-0003, ext. 281192

Jing Wang

Analyst & Planning Consultant
717-531-0003, ext. 280782

Paula Moodie, MSW

Disability Service Coordinator
717-531-0003, ext. 283693

Kim Lantz Yoder, JD

Equity Officer, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
717-531-0003, ext. 283353

Our Programs

Campus Council on Diversity and Inclusion

The Council is charged with providing leadership and coordination of efforts to achieve diversity and inclusion initiatives, assist with efforts to build an organization-wide capacity to increase diversity and inclusion, share the organization’s message of commitment to diversity and inclusion, support an understanding of diversity and inclusion, and advance an inclusive and welcoming community in which every individual is respected.

Affinity Groups

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have created affinity groups to assist with the recruitment of new faculty /staff and to provide input on increasing the inclusiveness of our work culture. There are four affinity groups.

  • Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Resource/Network Group
  • LGBT & Allies Affinity Resource /Network Group
  • Military Veterans Affinity Resource/ Network Group
  • Affinity Resource/Network Group for Disabilities

For information on any of these affinity groups, please email Rose Baron at rbaron@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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