The Office of the Provost enthusiastically supports the university’s diversity and inclusion mission and vision. Dedicated resources and initiatives promote success by fostering environments grounded in respect and inclusion for all members of TU’s campus community.
Diversity Faculty Fellows Program
The Diversity Faculty Fellows Program supports the university’s vision for diversity by providing selected faculty members with opportunities to infuse diversity into existing curriculum, create models to improve classroom dynamics in support of social justice, or identify strategies to enhance institutional practices. Learn more about this program.
Provost Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion
The charge of the Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion is to play a leadership role in the University’s efforts to diversify the faculty and the student body and assist in continuing efforts to provide an inclusive and respectful campus community.
This year's Provost Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion is Leticia I. Romo, associate professor of Spanish.
Intergroup dialogue (IGD) is a small group intervention that brings together individuals from two or more social identity groups with a history of tension or conflict (e.g., People of Color and White people; LGBT people and heterosexual people; Christians, religious minorities, and secular individuals; women and men). The goals of IGD include: (1) creating sustained, face-to-face communication across groups; (2) raising social consciousness (e.g., about social inequalities, one’s role in perpetuating these inequalities, and the personal impacts of these inequalities on oneself and others); and (3) building bridges across group differences and a commitment to work toward social justice together. IGD has been implemented at colleges and universities across the country to engage students and faculty in dialogue about the most pressing and difficult social divisions in our society. Learn more.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Towson University now has a membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which provides an external mentoring community designed to help graduate students, post-docs and faculty members increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance. Faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the program and its resources. Learn more about this program and how to activate your membership.
Diversity & Inclusion Tool Kit
Based on Smith's (2015) work, diversity and inclusion include:
- Education & Scholarship
- Access & Success
- Climate and Intergroup Relations
- Institutional Viability & Vitality
Smith, D.G. (2015). Diversity's promise for higher education: Making it work., 2nd Ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
This toolkit for diversity and inclusion was created to strive toward success in these areas by providing background knowledge in various diversity topics. It is a work in progress and will continue to expand with additional resources over time. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion.
CLASSROOM DISCUSSION TOOLS
- Difficult Dialogues - by the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University
- Difficult Dialogues - by University of Alaska Anchorage
- Cultural Competency - Quick Definition
- What is Cultural Sensitivity? by best-selling author, Mariela Dabbah
- Why Cultural Competence? by the National Education Association (article with video)
- Cultural Competence Lecture Series by the Oregon Health and Science University (videos)
- Implicit Bias - Quick Definition
- Implicit Association Harvard University (test)
- PBS on the Implicit Bias Test (video)
- Implicit Bia Review by the Kirwan Institute (including myths, trends, and real world applications)
- Microaggressions - Quick Definition
- Microaggressions in Everyday Life by best-selling author, Derald Wing Sue (video)
- 21 Common Microaggressions by Henem Nigatu on Buzzfeed based off of Derald Wing Sue's work
- Allies and Microaggressions by Kerry Ann Rockquemore on Inside Higher Ed
- Microaggressions: Scenarios & Solutions presented by Dr. Kimberly Griffin
Recruiting Diverse Faculty
- Exemplar Recruitment Practices by Academic Affairs (document provides guidance beginning with vacancy annoucement through campus visit and interview)
- Outreach Plan Guidance by Academic Affairs (document provides guidance to increase diversity of faculty applicant pools)
- Inclusive Faculty Position Language by Academic Affairs (document provides examples of inclusive language for faculty vacancy announcements)
- Does Faculty Diversity Need Targets? by Colleen Flaherty on Inside Higher Ed
- Promising Practices by the University of Chicago (Resource Guide)
- Faculty Outreach Guide by Towson University (Website Lists of Affinity Groups and National Organizations)
- Quick Tips for Hiring by Towson University
- Best Practices for Minority Faculty Recruitment Retention by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (video)
Retaining Diverse Faculty
- National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) (TU's institutonal membership provides access to faculty success programs and resources)
- How to Retain a Diverse Faculty by Kerry Ann Rockquemore on Inside Higher Ed
- Gender Pronouns by Towson University
- Intro to LGBTQ+ by Towson University
- What does LGBTQ+ mean? by OK2BME (article with video)
- LGBTQ+ Workshop by Joel Bolling (video)
- The Gender Unicorn by Trans Student Educational Resources (article with unicorn image)
- The Genderbread Person by itspronouncedmetrosexual.com (article with genderbread image)
- Gender Pronouns by the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
International Students In Our Classrooms
- Challenges & Tips Video (TU log-in required)
religious Diversity on Campus
- Challenges & Opportunity Video (TU log-in required)
Students with Autism on Campus
- Information for Faculty & Staff (TU log-in required)
|Debbie Seeberger, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion||dseeberger AT_TOWSON|
|Leticia Romo, Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion||lromo AT_TOWSON|