At PSU, we understand that supporting students means helping them succeed at every opportunity. Each student is unique, and that means that they all need equally unique support.
That support can come from many different places.
Enter the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (DMSS), a holistic community focused on providing an accessible, welcoming environment for students from many different backgrounds. The DMSS, offers numerous Retention Programs, as well as Cultural Resource Centers aimed at enhancing the university experience by engaging with students, their families and their communities.
DMSS offers a safe space for students whose access to education, retention—the ability to remain in school until graduation—academic success and graduation are most challenged by social, economic or historical inequalities.
Cultural, academic and social support takes many forms, and includes everything from individual counseling and advising to academic tutoring and financial support services (including program-specific scholarships).
Who can benefit from these services at PSU?
- First-generation college students
- Students with disabilities
- Students from diverse cultural backgrounds (including African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander and Latino)
- Students struggling with financial hardship
Student mentors, professors and staff help students navigate through these programs, the results of which come in the form of better grades, more financial certainty, a greater support network and a heightened graduation rate.
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services enhances the already strong sense of community on campus, and works to support students with leadership, internship and career opportunities as well.
Learn more about the DMSS and see how the communities on campus are encouraging students to pursue their passions and get their degree.