Towson's Strategic Diversity Goals
Towson’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:
- Promote appreciation for and advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion at TU
- Enhance recruitment and retention of students from underserved and/or underrepresented
- Close achievement gap for first generation, low income and students from underrepresented
- Enhance recruitment and retention of faculty and staff members from underserved and/or
- Support respectful and mutually beneficial community collaboration
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 Towson University.
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: FOUR AWARDS, $500 EACH
- Current student
- Faculty member (two awards: research-based; general)
- Staff member
DEPARTMENT AWARDS: TWO AWARDS, $1,000 EACH
- Academic department
- Administrative department
The criteria for evaluation of nominations will be as follows:
- Nominees have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments that have increased awareness
and understanding of diversity and inclusion.
- Nominees have demonstrated outstanding efforts to promote the advancement of diversity
- Nominees have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in support of the institutionalization
of diversity and inclusion.
- Nominees have demonstrated outstanding efforts to promote the advancement of diversity
and inclusiveness within the TU community and external community at large.
The nomination process typically begins each October and ends the first week of January. Nomination forms are provided
If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact LaVern Chapman,
410-704-0203, diversityawards AT_TOWSON
University Diversity Council
The University Diversity Council (UDC) facilitates the establishment and maintenance
of a diverse, inclusive and equitable campus environment. The Council carries out
its mission by:
- Setting Priorities for resource allocation to address issues, concerns, and/or problems
that may negatively impact the campus climate;
- Conducting periodic climate assessment, including problem-solving based on results
of survey data;
- Providing Structure for the development and implementation of an institutional action
plan consisting of measurable short and long-term goals;
- Monitoring Outcomes to track the development and maintenance of college-level, department-level,
and unit-level goals to support the institutional action plan;
- Determining Expectations to provide clear guidelines and feedback to colleges, departments,
and units; and
- Working closely with the Diversity Action Committee (DAC) in cross-campus collaboration
to review/approve goals that facilitate and advance diversity and inclusion.
Diversity Action Committee
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.
Campus Climate Work Group
The Campus Climate work group of the institutional Diversity Action Committee will
support the establishment and maintenance of a campus climate that is welcoming and
- Reviewing existing data sets related to campus climate and making recommendations
of future climate study needs.
- Developing a multicultural conference for faculty and staff.
- Developing and implementing programming for cultural competency across the campus.
Education and Scholarship Work Group
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.
Representation Work Group
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
Hate/Bias Work Group
The Hate/Bias Work Group provides a coordinated multi-disciplinary 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, that 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
didn’t say — and what they wished they did or didn’t 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 lchapman AT_TOWSON or 410.704.0203.
Faculty and Staff Resources
Here are some useful faculty and staff resources regarding issues relevant to diversity:
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.
Resources for Undocumented/DACA Students:
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.
The Center for Student Diversity, Academic Advising Center, and Counseling Center also offer programs and resources specifically for undocumented/DACA students.
Nursing Mothers’ Rooms
TU Nursing Rooms provide a private, secure, clean space for breastfeeding mothers.
Locations of the rooms are listed below. They are available to all students, faculty
and staff, as well as spouses and domestic partners.
Nursing Mothers’ Room Locations
- Administration Building, room 115B
- College of Liberal Arts, room 2231
- Cook Library, room 527
- Psychology, room 508N
- Stephens Annex, room 174
- Towson City Center, room 324
- Van Bokkelen Hall, room 009
- West Village Commons, room 320