DUS Engaged Scholars

Group photo of the 2018-19 DUS Engage Scholars

Program Purpose

The DUS Engaged Scholars (DUS-ES) program is a transition-based program focused on the success of first-year students from marginalized communities. Our group has three primary purposes: 1) To promote a smooth transition from high school to college and continued high achievement at the collegiate level; 2) To develop a diverse and tight-knit community of scholars for on-going support; 3) To foster personal and community leadership and engagement through exploration and service.


Key components of the program include biweekly student success workshops, guest speakers and networking, unique community service and leadership opportunities, special events and programs on and off campus, and most importantly, a close community of peers and advisers for ongoing support. “Exploration” and “intentional engagement” are core themes that will be woven throughout the workshops, and students will have the opportunity to participate in engaged scholarship or service projects.


DUS-ES meets biweekly throughout the academic year. Workshops are driven by students’ engagement, needs, and ideas. It is not a class, it is a co-curricular program (no grades or college credit awarded) through which students have the opportunity to develop and grow as independent college learners and student leaders.

Topics include (in no particular order):

  • Campus Resources
  • The “Hidden Curriculum” of the Classroom
  • Major & Career Exploration
  • Time & Stress Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Identity Exploration 
  • Effective Study Habits & Skills
  • Service & Engagement 
  • Leadership & Mentorship

Get Involved!

For more information or to get involved, contact Shana Clark (spc83@psu.edu), Kimberly Geter (kag6162@psu.edu), or Rebekka Kuhn (rcs5081@psu.edu).