Diversity Commitment

Diversity Commitment

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.

WE PROGRAM TO CREATE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

IDEAL provides a host of events, film series, speaker series, etc through the Director of Student Engagement and Diversity Peers for the student populations, and the Director of Multicultural Education for staff and faculty. These programs and workshops provide a cultural understanding as well as a critical look of how to counter systemic levels of oppressions.

Diversity Peers are appointed by the office to conceptualize, plan and implement programs throughout their academic year. Additionally, IDEAL collaborates with several offices, colleges, and student organizations for successful programs. 

A TIP TO DIVERSITY PROGRAMMING

When conceptualizing a program or presentation, think about your target audience needs. Ensure that you take into account individuals with different abilities rather than concluding that everyone is able bodied/mind.

When hosting diversity and social justice themed programming ensure that you have conducted proper research so that activities and language is inclusive.

If you have further questions about how to be inclusive when programming, you can reach out to the Director of Student Engagement or a Diversity Peer. Below are a few additional tips to consider when programming around diversity:

Don't assume that everyone is on the same level of understanding levels of system, oppression, privileges, etc

  1. Avoid being a social justice elitist, meaning use reasonable common language 
  2. Ensure that language is inclusive to marginalized populations
  3. Set community standards and develop a brave space
  4. Know when to reach out to campus partners to assist with programming topics