Diversity Initiatives & Resources

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

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

Resources

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

Cultural Sensitivity/competency

Implicit Bias

Microaggressions

Recruiting Diverse Faculty

Retaining Diverse Faculty

LGBTQ+

International Students In Our Classrooms

religious Diversity on Campus

Students with Autism on Campus

National/International Organizations

Contact Information 

NAME CONTACT
Debbie Seeberger, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion  
Leticia Romo, Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion