Towson University 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.
Towson University’s Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups are committed to supporting the personal and professional growth of faculty and staff
members, as well as providing a connection to campus resources and leadership. Membership
in the Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups is open to all faculty and staff members.
Courageous Conversations Conference
The Courageous Conversations Conference is an opportunity to elevate racial consciousness
and understand how race affects your students lives and your classroom practice. The
conference is uniquely designed for campus and civic leaders, educators, and administrators
to deepen individual and organizational racial literacy.
Diversity Initiatives Progress Report
In November 2015, a group of students and administrators agreed that the University
would work toward the following 12 goals, many of which were already aligned with
the University's strategic goals for diversity and inclusion. Here, you can track
the University's Diversity Progress Report.
Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag Series
The Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag Series is focused on showcasing the multicultural
and diversity related scholarly activities taking place on Towson University's campus.
This is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to meet and engage with each
other around multicultural scholarship in a supportive space.
ThePresidents Inclusive Leadership Institute is a professional development program for senior Towson faculty and staff that fosters
personal development, interdisciplinary collaborations and a strong connection to
the campus community.
The Diversity Action Committee is composed of a cross section of members of the academic
and administrative divisions of the university and representatives of the student
body. The committee exists to support the institution's Strategic Diversity Goals
and makes appropriate recommendations for the success of campus-wide diversity initiatives
to the University Diversity Council. To further fulfill its mission to promote awareness
and acceptance of diversity, the committee will:
Identify barriers that may hinder diversity initiatives. Support diversity throughout the curriculum and in campus events and activities.
Commit to recognizing, appreciating, and celebrating the individual and collective
achievements of TU's diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
Facilitate and promote ongoing opportunities for public discourse relating to diversity.
Support the implementation of university-wide initiatives in support of TU's Strategic
Collect, assess, and disseminate data on campus climate and attitudes toward diversity.
Coordinate institutional efforts to address diversity and inclusion.
The Education and Scholarship Work Group of the institutional Diversity Action Committee
has a mission to:
Increase diversity and inclusiveness across the curriculum, in individual courses,
and in extra- and co-curricular settings.
Encourage diversity and inclusiveness in faculty teaching, scholarship/creative activity,
and service, and the involvement of undergraduate and graduate students
In order to accomplish these goals, it is necessary to encourage and support increased
diversity and inclusiveness in the composition of the students, faculty, staff, and
administrators of colleges and departments, with particular attention to underrepresented
racial minorities. The committee will fulfill its mission by:
Review and recognize evidence of each college’s and unit’s diversity and inclusiveness
efforts through mission and/or vision statements, how each department/program addresses
diversity and inclusiveness through its curriculum, and how faculty address diversity
and inclusiveness in individual courses as well as within their scholarship, creative
activity, and service. These materials will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost
and the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity.
Review and recognize what specifically is being done by academic units and individual
faculty to increase the enrollment, involvement, and graduation of students from underrepresented
Review, recognize, and share, as appropriate, the strategies and programs currently
employed by colleges and departments to support diversity and inclusiveness and support
the assessment of programs.
Coordinate with the Office of the Provost to review current best practices in faculty
recruitment and retention.
Promote faculty involvement in TU's annual Multicultural Conference.
University Diversity and Inclusion Awards Work Group
The University Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and departments
that have made efforts to foster greater awareness, understanding and advancement
of diversity and inclusiveness at Towson University. This work group of the institutional
Diversity Action Committee will support the awards program by:
Developing tools for marketing the University Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program;
Ensuring that marketing tools are posted and/or distributed across campus;
Collaborating campus-wide to secure nominations for six award categories (student,
faculty-general, faculty-research, staff, academic and administrative department);
Overseeing the review of nominations and selection process.
The Representation work group of the institutional Diversity Action Committee will
support the university’s ability to seek and maintain fully represented populations
within the student body, and faculty and staff bodies by:
Supporting implementation of new and existing outreach efforts to increase representation
of underrepresented groups of students, faculty, and staff.
Promoting access, retention, and success of students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented
The Hate/Bias Work Group provides a coordinated multidisciplinary university response
to hate crimes and/or bias incidents by:
Meeting on a periodic basis to review reported instances of hate crimes and/or bias
Identifying any patterns, trends, or upsurges in hate crime and/or bias incident activity;
Advising TU's University Diversity Council of such patterns and making recommendations
related to action-oriented steps to address identified patterns; and
Supporting the implementation of university-wide initiatives to curtail hate crimes
and bias incidents.
Speak Up! Is a program developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fosters
discussion of encounters that individuals have had with everyday bigotry, from stores
to restaurants, the classroom, or workplace.
Participants openly share information about incidents with family members, friends,
classmates, roommates or co-workers. They tell stories regarding what they did or
did not say — and what they wished they did or did not say.
Workshop participation provides an opportunity for an individual to develop and practice
appropriate responses in order to be ready to address bigotry in a manner that is
both effective and civil. If you are interested in participating in a Speak Up! Workshop
or would like to know more about this initiative, contact LaVern Chapman or 410.704.0203.
Diversity at Towson University is broadly defined to include: race, ethnicity, country
of origin, religion, gender, ability, sexuality and sexual orientation. Programs are
offered to foster a receptive environment; facilitate recruitment, retention and graduation
of students; and promote multiracial learning for all students, faculty and staff.
Towson University's Office of Admissions provides undocumented/DACA students with
information about applying for in-state tuition rates. The TU Financial Aid Office
provides guidance on scholarships and aid options.