A number of financial aid opportunities are available to members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.
The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) provides support and opportunities for success to students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
The Multi-Cultural Council (MCC) is a student organization that serves as a liaison between the Student Government Association and other registered student organizations comprised of historically underrepresented groups.
MCC promotes awareness, understanding, and appreciation of all cultures through programming, community service, fundraisers, and other student run events. The following organizations function under the MCC umbrella:
- Asian Student Organization (ASO)
- Association of Black Collegians (ABC)
- Chinese Cultural Advancement Club (CCAC)
- Diverse Organization of Photo & Video Enthusiasts (DOPE)
- Gender and Sexuality Equality Club (GASE)
- Human Relations Programming Council (HRPC)
- International Student Organization (ISO)
- Muslim Student Association (MSA)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Organization of African and Caribbean Students (OACS)
- Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)
- Penn State Behrend Model United Nations
- South Asian Student Organization (SASO)
MCC acts as an advisory board to these organizations and endorses cooperation among its members. MCC also assists in the coordination other college-wide programs such as The Annual Harambee Dinner, National Cultural Months celebrations, Unity Day, and many other programs.
Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center is a suite of offices housing many of the member groups of the Multi-Cultural Council (MCC). Housed on the first floor of the Reed Union Building, the center serves as a central repository of diversity-related materials and information. The center meets a variety of student needs by: providing a central meeting/resource area for students who participate in MCC member organizations; making diversity-related materials available to students; and demonstrating support for people of differing cultures and from historically underrepresented groups.
The College Experience for Diverse Students (CEDS) program offers students of color or economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to explore their options in higher education and examine possible career paths. If you’re African American, Asian American, Hispanic, or Native American—male or female—you may be able to enroll in a free college credit course related to any of Penn State Behrend’s majors. This program is also available to economically disadvantaged students from any ethnic background. The program offers you the opportunity to interact with college students, professors, administrators, and professionals through a variety of workshops and field trips.