Dear Campus Community, 

I am pleased to share that Diane Jefferson, director of Multicultural Student Affairs, is a recipient of PASSHE’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Keepers of the Flame Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions by creating and promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments that cultivate a sense of belonging. Keepers of the Flame inspire others and keep the flame for positive change burning bright. 

Ms. Di, as she is affectionately known, began her career at Ship in 1984, overseeing several multicultural clubs on campus. In 1989, with the creation of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), she took on the role of director. At its core, MSA works to support, educate and graduate students. As part of this work, Ms. Di strives to educate the entire campus community on diversity, equity and inclusion, and build culturally competent leaders who can work with individuals from all backgrounds.  

Under her leadership, MSA has worked to provide a variety of events and programing for students for the last 38 years. Most are student organized and led, something she takes great pride in. Through these events students become leaders and learn to overcome challenges. With Ms. Di’s steadfast support, students have created an array of cultural festivals, service-learning projects, and programing that help students acclimate to college life. She is a dedicated and well-respected student affairs professional and valued member of our Ship family. 

Ms. Di will be formally recognized during PASSHE’s virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit on November 4. Please join me in congratulating her as a Keeper of the Flame and celebrating her contributions to our Shippensburg University community.


Charles E. Patterson, PhD