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, built on the belief that a diverse and inclusive campus community enhances our institution, will strengthen us all in immeasurable ways.

Under the auspices of the President, the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity affirms and supports Towson University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 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. We work to support the university’s commitment to a learning and working environment free from sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, hate, and bias. 


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 UniversityIn June 2014,  the President’s Cabinet adopted and approved five strategic diversity goals to take Towson’s diversity efforts to the next level. They are: 

  • promote an appreciation for and advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion at TU
  • enhance the recruitment and retention of students from underserved and underrepresented populations
  • close the achievement gap for first-generation, low income, and underrepresented student groups
  • enhance the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff members from underserved and underrepresented populations
  • support respectful and beneficial community collaboration
Leah Cox

Meet Dr. Leah Cox Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity

Leah Cox is Towson University's first vice president of Inclusion and Institutional Equity. In this inaugural senior leadership position, she is leading the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity, the university's diversity and compliance office, and serving as a key advisor to the senior leadership team as a member of the President's Cabinet. She came to TU in January 2017 from the University of Mary Washington and previously worked at Gallaudet University. She is always looking forward and will roll up her sleeves to collaborate with her colleagues to fulfill the inclusive vision that President Schatzel set for TU.

What We Do 


Contact Information

Inclusion & Institutional Equity

8000 York Road
Administration Building / Room 214
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.