Under the auspices of the president, the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity (OIIE) affirms and supports Towson University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The office fosters a university climate that is grounded in respect, civility, 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. In addition, OIIE works to support the university’s commitment to a learning and working environment free from sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, hate and bias.
The Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity strives to foster a culture of integrity that values shared responsibility as a critical element of an inclusive, equitable and diverse community. This vision is built upon the belief that a diverse and inclusive campus community enhances our institution and strengthens us all in immeasurable ways.
Towson University’s goal to become a National Model for Diversity is one of the institutional priorities in the university strategic plan TU 2020: A Focused Vision for Towson University. In June 2014, the President’s Council adopted and approved five strategic diversity goals to take Towson’s diversity efforts to the next level. They are:
For years, the Christian Identity, KKK, and Aryan Nation movements promoted the belief that whites are the Bible’s chosen people, and are therefore the superior race. Recently more mainstream Christian conservative and Alt-Right organizations have espoused an equally singular animosity toward LGBTQ citizens. As LGBTQ rights advance socially and politically, many Conservative Christian groups increased their calls to action from mere contempt through speech (protected by the First Amendment) to overt threats and promotion of violence. This study uses textual analysis to evaluate external messaging (websites, newsletters, fundraising appeals, merchandise) of organizations such as the Family Research Council (FRC), Coral Ridge Ministries, GodHatesFags.com, Society to Remove All Immoral Godless Trash (STRAIGHT), and Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (HOME) to identity themes, strategies, and appeals used against the LGBTQ community.
The Maghreb is the area in Northwestern Africa usually viewed as the former French colonies of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. It is a part of the world often viewed as existing “between” various regions and spaces: Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Arab World. This is based on an implicit assumption that these regions and spaces are mutually-exclusive. We will seek to dismantle this problematic assumption from a comparative literary perspective.