Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does the Office of IDEAL do? What does IDEAL mean?

A. IDEAL stands for Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. Like many university multicultural offices across the country, we provide resources, trainings, and presentations that build cultural and identity based knowledge. 

Q. What are Diversity Peers?

A. Diversity Peers are student leaders appointed by the Director of Student Engagement on an annual basis to provide inclusive and diverse programming, dialogues, and workshops to the Temple student population. 

Q. Where is your office located?

A. Our main office is located at 2026 N Broad Street and the IDEAL Lecture Hall is located at 2032 N Broad Street. These locations are directly across Johnson & Hardwick Halls, on near the Broad and Diamond Street intersection on the north side of campus. 

Q. Can I report an incident of discrimination to this office?

A. No. Although our office will provide advocacy to students, staff, and faculty for diversity centered issues, all reporting of discrimination should be filed with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance. 

Q. How can I get engaged in diversity work/ how can I contribute to Temple University’s social justice mission?

A. We encourage the Temple community to come out to any of our events that we host throughout or stay engaged with our office via social media. Additionally, you can sign up for one of our listservs to stay connected. Members of the Temple community can remain engaged with social justice principles through seeking out educational and action driven steps that promote inclusivity. 

Q. What is Safezone?

A. Safe Zone is an ally based training geared to educate and provide awareness about the LGBTQIA community. The Graduate Extern for Gender and Sexuality oversee this 2 part training series. The Safe Zone 1 provides general information and terms related to the LGBTQIA community, while Safe Zone 2 focuses on Bystander Intervention. Participants successfully completing both trainings will receive a placard to display in their respective office. 

Q. What programs are sponsored by the Office of IDEAL?

A. IDEAL host various programs targeting towards advancing social justice throughout the academic year, whether independent or in collaboration with other schools, colleges, or departments. For more information, visits our announcements page to see any upcoming events.

Q. What does the acronym LGBTQIA stand for?

A. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual. In some cases there can be an extra A for Ally, and Q for Questioning.