"The first Penn State Principle, "I will respect the dignity of all individuals within the Penn State community," reminds all Penn Staters that we are an academic community that values and celebrates diversity in all its aspects. At Penn State Berks, we believe that diversity and community are mutually dependent. A strong, healthy community that ensures respect for difference and individual uniqueness enhances diversity and the quality of campus life."

-- Dr. R. Keith Hillkirk, Chancellor of Penn State Berks

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.


  • 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
  • Composition of College Faculty & Staff

President's Equity Commissions

The Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity (CLGBTE); the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED); and the Commission for Women (CFW) are advisory bodies to the Penn State President on matters that pertain to equity concerns at Penn State. While the commissions focus on their own specific areas of interest, they also collaborate on common equity issues as they arise.

Learn more about the commissions »