Inclusion at Penn College


  • Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion Transformation
  • Davie Jane Gilmour Center, Rm. 2009

Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion Transformation

Dr. Nate Woods, Jr.

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We believe that differences have the power to challenge our perceptions. Invite exploration. Propel learning to new heights. And strengthen our community for the centuries to come.

That’s why Pennsylvania College of Technology is wholly committed to creating an inclusive campus—one that welcomes all. We are dedicated to removing barriers and fostering a culture of belonging. In sync with our vision, we strive to cultivate a diverse community of innovators and creators determined to shape a better tomorrow. Because diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging matter.


Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion Transformation

Dr. Nate Woods, Jr.

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We are determined in our work to:

Develop educational components to promote advocacy for self and others.

Attract, retain, and develop talented faculty, staff, and students from all walks of life.

Draw upon the diversity of thought, backgrounds, and identities of our constituents to nurture innovation.

Advance policies and practices that cultivate equity and belonging and ensure inclusive access to facilities, programs, resources, and services.

Inclusion Academy

All Penn College faculty, staff, and students are invited to commit to ongoing learning and engagement related to belonging, inclusion building, and bias disruption through LinkedIn Learning.

Explore and choose from these Penn College's LinkedIn Learning Paths for incremental but substantive growth.

Starting Points

Get an introduction to topics that set up each of the more focused Learning Paths. This is a great path to start if you're not sure which area makes the most sense for you or if you're looking for a broad view in a time-compressed format.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging for All

Encouraged for the entire Wildcat Family. Learn about the challenges and opportunities inherent in working in diverse organizations. This transformative learning path reviews current thinking and best practices on essential topics such as bias in all of its forms, cultural competence, communication, allyship, and accountability.

  • Define diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Engage in conversations about polarizing topics.
  • Connect on a deeper level with colleagues and peers.    

How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism

Most of us are learning about allyship and anti-racism for the first time. In this learning path, experts teach you the foundational skills—mindset, communication, and advocacy—you need to be an effective ally and champion for anti-racism in your organization.

  • Identify bias, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
  • Apply a framework to spark constructive dialogue about race.
  • Advocate for a more inclusive environment.

Allyship and Advocacy Across Differences

Organizations that prioritize diversity stand out from the rest. How can you foster diversity while overcoming the challenges that come with it? Learn about the challenges that can arise in diverse working environments and how to support and accommodate the needs of underrepresented groups (URGs).

  • Learn to be an ally for all employees, colleagues, and students.
  • Learn ways to talk about race, gender, ability, and culture.
  • Identify opportunities to support employees and students who have disabilities.

Create an Inclusive Work Culture

Modern organizations must actively seek ways to foster a culture of belonging. Learn how to drive diversity and inclusion efforts in your organization to create allyship opportunities and a safe space for employees, students, and industry partners to build a community where collaboration, creativity, and innovation can thrive.

  • Learn to foster an inclusive education and work culture.
  • Learn to support colleagues from underrepresented groups.
  • Learn how to drive meaningful change in your organization.

Pronouns: A How-To

Using correct pronouns helps us all connect with each other in authentic, respectful, and meaningful ways.

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LGBTQ Services

Serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students is very important at Penn College. Various departments on campus work to educate and enhance the understanding of LGBTQ issues and concerns.

We are committed to serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at Penn College and work to educate our campus community on LGBTQ issues and concerns.

Penn College Community Pledge

During New Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Penn College Community Pledge! 

The foundation of success at Penn College begins with a commitment to the highest standards of academic and ethical integrity among our campus community. Our College creates a positive environment and culture on campus that inspires passion for learning and living. 

As a contributing member of the Penn College Community:

  • I challenge myself to continually learn and grow.
  • I am fair and just in the treatment of others.
  • I take personal responsibility for my choices and actions. 
  • I promote the free exchange of ideas and opinions. 
  • I promote strength through respect.
  • I hold myself and those around me accountable to this pledge.

We are Penn College Proud.

Penn College Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land on which we live, work, and learn is the ancestral home of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, Iroquoian-speaking Susquehannocks, and the Lenni Lenape (Delaware). We too recognize their Woodland Period ancestors. We are grateful for their stewardship and management of this land over thousands of years and promote this recognition in honor and respect of that caretaking.