As Pennsylvania's only land-grant university, Penn State has a broad mission of teaching, research, and public service. But that mission was not so grandly conceived in 1855, when the Commonwealth chartered it as one of the nation's first colleges of agricultural science, with a goal to apply scientific principles to farming.
Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace.
The root Penn State’s success is founded upon the ambition and determination of our faculty, staff, and students. We are inspired doers who aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves to get the job done. From our innovative research to our world-class education, we are passionate and excited about our endeavors as we look to the betterment of our students, and our community.
At Penn State, we view sustainability as the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations. As an institution of higher learning—and, more importantly, as Penn State—we have a responsibility to our students, our institution, and our greater society to teach, embody, and communicate a world view that allows the collective "we" to prosper, both now and in the future.