Centers and Institutes at Penn State

The Africana Research Center (ARC)

Encourages and supports research and scholarship that enhances the lives of Africans across Africa and the African Diaspora, and serves as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured.

The Center for the Study of Higher Education at the College of Education

One of the nation’s first research centers established specifically to study postsecondary education policy issues.

Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic

Provides intensive training in appellate advocacy by involving students in noncriminal civil rights cases before the state appellate courts, federal courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Population Research Institute

A multidisciplinary center that supports innovative population research.

Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

At the Center, students produce white papers, practitioner toolkits, and primers of national impact for institutional clients based in Washington D.C., and across the nation.


National Centers

Embrace Race

An online community to discuss and share best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race. 

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA

Renewing the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, to be a preeminent source of intellectual capital within that movement, and to deepen the understanding of the issues that must be resolved to achieve racial and ethnic equity as society moves through the great transformation of the 21st century.

National Coalition for School Diversity (NCSD)

A network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to promote school diversity.


Student Organizations

Pennsylvania Education Equity Project

Conducts research and produce scholarship aimed at influencing policy makers, educators, and citizens on issues related to educational equity in Pennsylvania schools.