Office of IDEAL Mission Statement

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) embodies Temple University's commitment to sustain and nurture a strong inclusive campus community, capitalizing on our demographic diversity to inspire meaningful engagement across identity groups in all their various forms.

We advance our mission through programming, professional development, training, recruitment, advocacy and dialog in collaboration with internal and external partners.  By promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding, multiculturalism, cultural competency, and community building as well as celebrating difference, we affirm the educational value and benefits of diversity, equity, and social justice.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Procurement and Business Relations
Student Engagement
Multicultural Education and Training


Diversity Commitment Statement 

Temple University is committed to building a diverse educational community founded on respect, open-mindedness, and the appreciation of others. Our policies, practices, and programs exemplify our commitment to civility, non-discrimination and pluralism, encouraging dialogue that builds meaningful and collaborative relationships throughout the university.

Our shared responsibility is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the Temple community, providing a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment in which to work, learn, and grow, thus realizing the transformational power of being a part of the Temple community.


Diversity at Temple 

Temple University has long been known for the distinct strength of its student body. In Philadelphia, Temple Owls have always been recognized as hardworking motivated and self-starting students from all backgrounds who make the most of every opportunity and take pride in the accomplishments they've achieved.

The incoming class of 2014 included:

  • 3,142 freshmen from Pennsylvania.
  • 34% of the freshmen are from Philadelphia.
  • 13% of freshmen African-American students.

International Presence

In the 2014-2015 academic year 258 international students studied at Temple University.