Debbie M. Seeberger is the Assistant to the President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Towson University and a part-time faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts. She is responsible for the development and implementation of ongoing institutional diversity initiatives. As a member of President’s Council, Debbie works closely with the president and vice presidents to monitor progress toward diversity goals. She staffs Towson’s Diversity Coordinating Council and is chairperson of the Diversity Action Committee. Arriving at Towson in 1983, Debbie has served as TU’s Affirmative Action Officer, Assistant Affirmative Action Officer, and Affirmative Action Compliance and Reporting Specialist.
Additionally, Debbie remains connected to the Towson University’s local and national communities. Her professional affiliations include chairing the University System of Maryland Diversity Network and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Moreover, Debbie volunteers in the local community serving as a member of the Board of Catholic Charities Child and Family Services. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Affirmative Action from 2000-2006 and as the Vice President of the Maryland Association of Affirmative Action Officers.
Debbie earned a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Human Resource Development from Towson State University and is currently conducting research on her dissertation in the Academic Organizational Leadership Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Her research interests include the identification of a model and theory for infusing spiritual leadership into the workplace in support of ethical organizational climates. She is a member of the following honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.
Furthermore, Debbie’s leadership of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity has enabled Towson University to implement its Reflective Process for Diversity. The process engages every level of employee in every division on campus, and student leadership groups, in self-reflection on diversity and participation in facilitated sessions which lead to the development of departmental diversity goals. Through this initiative, Towson University is beginning to shift its culture by increasing awareness and commitment to diversity campus-wide. Departments and divisions are identifying key goals and will develop steps to achieve those goals. The overall objective of the reflective process is to institutionalize the role diversity plays in our organization at every level by ensuring that members of the faculty and staff understand that they have a role to play in support of Towson University’s mission as it relates to diversity and inclusive excellence.