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.
Towson University's Ally Training provides resources, tools, and strategies for supporting
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 to 410-704-0203 or diversitytraining AT_TOWSON.
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 & Preferred Name Resources
Students, faculty, and staff will be able to indicate their Chosen / 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.
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.
Holy Days and Observances
TheHoly Days Calendaris 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.
Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag Series
The Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag Series showcases the multicultural and diversity-related
scholar 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.
Each lunch is hosted in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 4150 from 12 - 1:15 PM.
Joan Antunes PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal
ThePresident'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.
Speak Up! is a program developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fosters
the discussion of encounters that individuals have had with everyday bigotry, from
stores to restaurants, the classroom, or the workplace.
Participants openly share information about incidents with family members, friends,
classmates, roommates or coworkers. 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
responses to address bigotry in a manner that is both effective and civil.
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,
Towson University's Office of Admissions provides undocumented/DACA students with
information about applying for in-state tuition rates. The Financial Aid Office has
information on scholarships and aid options.