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"Media and technology today have created a truly global nation. What once was unknown, because it happened far away, now comes to us on plasma screens with chilling reality. People who were disenfranchised because they were different, by someone's standard, are now our co-workers and friends. While elsewhere people might have difficulty embracing diversity, it is our goal at Penn State Berks to be the model that others emulate when they want to get it right, as you can see in our Diversity Framework Reports. As an educational institution, we firmly believe that education can make a difference."

-Chancellor Speece

"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there firm as weeds among stones." 

- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Definition of Diversity - The operational definition for Berks College is based on the Penn State non-discrimination statement and focuses on the areas of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and learning/physical disabilities.

Multitudinal Components

  • Adult/Returning Student
  • Veterans
  • Learning Impairment
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Physically Challenged
  • Religious Practices
  • Family Structures
  • Urban vs. Rural vs. Suburban
  • Handicapped Disabled
  • International Students
  • English as a Second Language
  • Socio-Economic Background
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender
  • Citizenship
  • Geographic Location
  • Compostion of College Faculty & Staff


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