COVID-19, Stereotypes, and Caring in Our TU Community Information
Reporting Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes
Reporting can occur any number of ways:
- Phone: 410-704-0203
- In Person: Administration Building, Suite 214
- Email: OIIE AT_TOWSON
- Postal Mail: 7720 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252
OIIE will determine any policy violation, and, if appropriate, forward the matter
to the appropriate office.
TU's Response to COVID-19
TU is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation continues
to change, our top priority is the health and safety of our community. The university
remains open with limited services. We will continue to take informed action to limit
the spread of COVID-19, as well as provide regular updates and guidance.
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The Microaggressions Project
“Stop the Spread” Campaign
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Ally Training provides resources, tools, and strategies for supporting diverse communities.
Ally Trainings are offered throughout the year and are open to all students, staff
and faculty. Topics include LGBTQ+ terminology, pronouns, bias, discrimination and
strategies for allyship.
Upcoming Ally trainings are listed below. If interested, please register using the
link provided. Direct questions and accommodation requests by calling 410-704-0203
or emailing DiversityTraining AT_TOWSON.
OIIE will continue to host, collaborate on and support a variety of opportunities
for support, community, healing, reflection, education and action for the TU community.
To that end, there are a number of anti-racism education and support resources available to members of the TU community needing support.
We value shared governance to advance and implement diversity initiatives and institutional priorities for inclusive
excellence. There are various committees for students, faculty and staff that represent
inclusion and diversity initiatives across the campus.
Chosen and Preferred Name Resources
Students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate their Chosen and Preferred Name even if they have not changed their Legal Name.
Courageous Conversations Conference
The Courageous Conversations Conference is an opportunity to elevate racial consciousness
and understand how race affects your students' lives and classroom practice. The conference
is uniquely designed for campus and civic leaders, educators, and administrators to
deepen individual and organizational racial literacy.
Employment and Search Resources
TU is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus and is committed to recruiting and supporting faculty with broad and diverse backgrounds, research, and ideas. A culturally diverse faculty
reflects our students and communities and strengthens our pedagogy and contributions
Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups
TU’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
is open to all faculty and staff members.
Gender Identity Resources
Holy Days and Observances
The Holy Days and Observances Calendar is an educational and accommodation resource for learning and planning classroom,
academic and co-curricular events. The calendar is not exhaustive of all major holidays
in every religious tradition and some variances will exist due to regional differences
and celestial cycles.
Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation
Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the
United States. TU will be commemorating Juneteenth by hosting, collaborating on and
supporting a variety of opportunities for support, community, healing, reflection,
education and action for the TU community.
The Knowledge Base is a collection of resources relating to diversity, inclusion and equity. Designed
to be used by TU faculty, staff and students alike for your specific resource needs.
Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag Series
The Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag Series showcases the multicultural and diversity-related
scholar activities taking place on campus. This is an opportunity for faculty, staff
and students to meet and engage with each other around multicultural scholarship in
a supportive space.
Each Brown Bag event is virtual from 12 - 1:15 PM.
For additional information or questions please contact Candice Aston, Ph.D or Danice L. Brown, Ph.D.
Physical Accommodations and Accessibility
All Gender Restrooms
Use the list below to explore the various sections of campus to find an all-gender
bathroom near you. This list is always being updated as new buildings come online
and as old buildings are retrofitted with new all-gender bathrooms.
* Some bathrooms have limited access due to being located in offices or residence
All Gender Bathroom Locations
Academic Precinct (Main Campus)
7800 York Road within Honors College*
- Room 104
- Room 105
- Room 143 (Restroom / Shower)
- Room 168 (Restroom / Shower)
Center for the Arts
- Room 2074
- Room 3043
- Room 3042
- Room 3032
College of Liberal Arts
- Room 123A (Restroom / Shower)
Glen Tower A
- Room 115A
- Room 115B
- Room 254
- Room 255
Glen Tower B
- Room 114A
- Room 114B
- Room 14
- Room 16
Glen Tower C
Glen Tower D
- Room 202
- Room 203
- Room 227
- Room 228
- Restroom Lobby D
- Restroom Lobby E
- Restroom 2C1A
- Restroom 2C1B
- Room TX 104 (Public Restroom)
- Room TX 105 (Public Restroom)
Van Bokkelen Hall
West Village Precinct (Main Campus)
West Village 2
Clara Barton House
Frederick Douglass House
- Room 112
- Room 114
- Room 051
- Room 052
Ward And West
- Restroom Room 0101
- Restroom Room 0103
- Room 1201
- Room 1203
- Room 2201
- Room 2203
West Village Commons
- Room 319
- Room 412
- Room 121
Athletic Precinct (Main Campus)
South Campus Pavilion
- Restroom 0100A
- Restroom 0100B
- Restroom 0100C (Accessible)
- Restroom 0100D (Accessible)
Towson Softball Stadium
- Room SB103 (Family Restroom)
7400 York Road
Towson Run Apartments
Interfaith Meditation Spaces
Interfaith meditation rooms are part of several ongoing initiatives to accommodate and support students, faculty,
and staff in reflection and meditation while on campus. Room locations on campus can
- Cook Library, Room 404C
- University Union, Room 208B
Nursing Rooms provide a private, secure, clean space for breastfeeding. They are available
to all students, faculty, staff, spouses and domestic partners at the following campus
- 7400 York Road, Room 239
- Administration Building, Room 115B (obtain the key from AD101)
- Burdick Hall, Room 127
- College of Liberal Arts, Room 2231
- Cook Library, Room 527
- Psychology, Room 508N
- Science Complex, Room 2155
- Towson City Center (AKA Olympic Place), Room 324
- Van Bokkelen Hall, Room 009
- West Village Commons, Room 320
President's Inclusive Leadership Institute
The President's 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.
TU offers a wide range of services and resources that create a more diverse and inclusive campus to enhance your college life and to promote excellence and cultivate the intellectual
and personal growth of our students.
University Diversity and Inclusion Awards
The University Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and departments that foster greater awareness, understanding
and advancement of diversity and inclusiveness at TU.