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University Involvement

In support of Penn State President Eric Barron’s commitment to address both the immediate issues and longstanding problems of racism, bias and intolerance, the Board of Trustees will establish an oversight group whose charge will be to hear regular updates from the newly formed Select Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias and Community Safety, which Barron announced in his June 10 message to the Penn State Community. The oversight group will also hear updates related to the seven new initiatives being launched to combat racism and bias across Penn State. The University is now seeking volunteers and nominations of volunteers to serve on a task force and a select commission to create concrete proposals for the initiatives. These individuals should be chosen based on their expertise or ability to represent our community. I encourage you to volunteer or send your nominations by July 1 to the below co-chairs of the respective groups. 

Student Code of Conduct Task Force

  • Nyla Holland (co-chair), Senior Political Science/African American Studies, President Black Caucus (
  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (co-chair), Clinical Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (starting July 1), Penn State Law (

Select Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias and Community Safety

  • Danielle M. Conway (co-chair), Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Dickinson Law (
  • Clarence E. Lang (co-chair), Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts, Professor of African American Studies (
  • Beth Seymour (co-chair), Chair University Faculty Senate, Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology, Communications, History, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Penn State Altoona (
HHD Involvement

Serve on the Academic Standards Committee

The HHD Associate Dean's Office is seeking undergraduate volunteers to serve on the Academic Standards Committee (ASC). Students on the ASC serve as panel members for hearings in academic integrity cases, grade disputes, and other class-related situations requiring mediation between faculty and students.  At least one representative from each academic department is needed. Send an email indicating your interest to Ms. Heather Zimmerman with a copy to Associate Dean Shea.

Community Service Opportunities

Looking for community service opportunities in Centre County? Check out the Volunteer Site.

ORG Central

Org Central

All HHD Student Orgs should make sure that they update their information in Org Central. The deadline for orgs to re-register is Monday, September 14, 2020. Learn more 


Is your student organization holding events online now? Are you planning events for Fall 2020? Organizations are now able to advertise events through OrgCentral. Events submitted through OrgCentral will show up on the main OrgCentral page as well as in the organization's profile. Click the link to see guidelines to help your organization successfully post events on OrgCentral.  

Three critical steps for Student Organization leaders:

  1. Complete the requirements to maintain your active status
  2. Register and complete mandatory officer training
  3. Take advantage of online resources from Penn State to support student leaders

Fall 2020 Involvement Fair

The Fall 2020 Involvement Fair will be on the HUB-Robeson Center Lawn on Wednesday, August 26.  HHD Student Organizations can reserve a table now: Organizations will be notified in the event that the Involvement Fair would be moved to one of the alternate dates due to inclement weather. Those dates are Thursday, August 27 and Monday, August 31. Details on the event from Student Affairs

Student organization require an updated tresurer card
Student org events

LaunchBox and Innovation Hub network 

The LaunchBox and Innovation Hub network continues to support local communities across the Commonwealth with virtual accelerators, webinars, and remote consultations. The calendar on the Invent Penn State website provides a quick view of events and webinars happening across the network.