Student Support & Programs

The department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (DMSS) serves and empowers student populations whose success, retention, academic success, and graduation are most challenged by socio-historical factors and contemporary inequities.

Through Multicultural Retention Services, TRIO Student Support Services, and Pre-College programs, students are given holistic, wrap-around advising. The Cultural Resource Centers (Multicultural Student CenterPan-African Commons, La Casa Latina Student Center, Pacific Islander, Asian and Asian American Student Center, and Native American Student and Community Center) provide cultural and educational programming, mentoring, and student support.

Additionally, the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) serves the unique needs of vets on campus. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works to make university life accessible to students with disabilities and identifies, evaluates, and reduces or eliminates barriers to student access and equity throughout the PSU community. Student Legal Services provides legal assistance to students for free, including: landlord tenant issues, bankruptcy, immigration and family law.
 

Disability Resource Center
Disability Resource Center ›
Our mission is to make university life accessible to students with disabilities. We identify, evaluate, and reduce or eliminate barriers to student access and equity.
La Casa Latina Student Center
La Casa Latina Student Center ›
La Casa Latina Student Center is a hub where Latino/a students come together to create and connect with community, develop skills, and receive services important to academic success.
 
 
Middle East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA) Initiative ›
The Middle East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA) Initiative is a Cultural Resource Centers program with the goal of creating a sixth center to support the MENASA student community at PSU. This Initiative pivots on race and ethnicity, and formally recognizes PSU MENASA students. 
Multicultural Retention Services
Multicultural Retention Services ›

The Multicultural Retention Services is uniquely designed to enrich the experience of students looking to connect with the PSU diverse community by supporting their transition to PSU, while building a multicultural campus community that is essential to student success.

 

Multicultural Student Center
Multicultural Student Center ›
The Multicultural Student Center provides a space where students can develop cultural competency, participate in events that explore our intersectional identities, and partake in a forum for collaborative cultural, education, and social experiences at PSU and beyond.
Native American Student & Community Center
Native American Student & Community Center ›

The Native American Student & Community Center (NASCC) is a gathering space to celebrate and empower student success through culturally relevant programming, academic support, and inter-generational community engagement.
 

Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center
Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center ›
The PIAAA Center offers an engaging and accepting space to address the diverse and changing needs of our Asian and Pacific Islander student communities through accessible programming, inter-cultural community building, and social justice education.
 
Pan-African Commons
Pan-African Commons ›

The Pan-African Commons is a community space that reclaims African, Black American, Caribbean, Central/South American, and Black identities across the world. Programming and identity development aim to preserve ancestry and indigenous solidarity among Afro-descent cultures.
 

Pre-College Programs
Pre-College Programs (UB/ETS) ›
Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search collectively offers college preparation programming for first-generation, low-income high school students; and educational access and information for academic and professional opportunities.

 
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services ›

Student Legal Services encourages students’ full participation in their academic endeavors by helping navigate obstacles to fulfilling educational and career goals.  We pursue our mission through legal advice, representation, mentorship, community partnerships and education to empower student clients.
 

TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO Student Support Services ›
The mission of TRIO programs is to expand educational opportunity to persons often underrepresented in higher education, increase the retention and graduation rates of students who are low income, first generation or have a documented disability and to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success for those students through comprehensive services and advocacy.
 
Veterans Resource Center
Veterans Resource Center ›

The Veterans Resource Center serves as a baseline of support for student veterans, active duty service members and dependents in order to meet their unique academic, professional and personal needs.