Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
TU values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion, enriches the educational experience of students, supports positive workplace environments, promotes excellence and cultivates the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.
Creating a more diverse and inclusive campus is a priority for TU, linked to and aligned with our strategic plan for the express purpose of building a stronger foundation for a promising future. Further TU's strategic plan now includes its inaugural diversity strategic plan, A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020–25).
Our Working DEFINITION OF DIVERSITY
Diversity is recognizing and valuing the variety of backgrounds, perspectives and beliefs held by members of the TU community. Our diversity tenets include sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, nationality, mental ability, physical ability, religious affiliation, age and veteran status. Diversity can also be shaped by our political ideologies, organizational/institutional structure (for example management status, classification, work location, division/department unit group).
Offices for Students, Faculty and Staff
Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity
The Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity (OIIE) promotes equal treatment, access, and opportunity in all educational activities and employment decisions at TU.
Office of the Provost
Diversity Initiatives and Resources offered through the Office of the Provost foster environments grounded in respect and inclusion for all members of TU’s campus community. These include the Diversity Faculty Fellows Program, Dialogue and a Diversity and Inclusion Tool Kit with resources for faculty.
Center for Student Diversity
The Center for Student Diversity (CSD) supports the access and academic success of historically under-represented groups through programs and services that enhance the student experience.
Accessibility and Disability Services
Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) works with students to determine and implement reasonable accommodations for various disabilities and some temporary conditions that substantially limit one or more major life activities.
The Office of Human Resources responds to requests for accommodations from TU employees and applicants for employment with disabilities.
Office for International Initiatives
The Office of International Initiatives is dedicated to cultivating a global learning community and international focus in programs and curricula at TU.
Programs and Resources
Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents
Here at TU, we are committed to making our campus a safe, inclusive, welcoming place for everyone. No matter who you are, what you believe, when you were born, where you come from or how you identify - YOU BELONG HERE.Learn More
University Diversity and Inclusion Awards
The University Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and departments that make efforts to foster greater awareness, understanding and advancement of diversity and inclusiveness at TU.University Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Student Diversity Resources
TU offers resources to foster a receptive environment; facilitate recruitment, retention and graduation of students; and to promote multiracial learning for all students, faculty and staff.Student Diversity Resources
Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
Towson University seeks to cultivate relationships with Native American and Indigenous communities and nations through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions, community service and enrollment efforts. These communities and nations include the Susquehannock, Nentego (Nanticoke) and the Piscataway people, who consider the land that the university currently occupies part of their ancient homeland.
For information about how you can support Indigenous communities by incorporating a personal statement into TU’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgment, see the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity’s resources on Recognizing Indigenous People & Land.