Welcoming Diversity in a Changing World

Shippensburg University is dedicated to embracing diversity, in order to educate you to face the challenges of our ever-changing global society. We remain committed to the recruitment and retention of an inclusive student body, faculty, staff, and administration, with diverse interests, abilities, and cultures.

In our academic and co-curricular activities, we seek to address the differences that have historically divided people, and have led to unjust and discriminatory practices based on race, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disabilities. We aim to create a campus culture built upon values that welcome and nurture all members of the university community. In this way, we will ensure that you receive an education that prepares you for the challenges of a global society, with its diverse beliefs, cultures, and ways of thinking.

As part of a public system of higher education, Shippensburg University is responsible for educating students to face the challenges of our ever-changing global society. Shippensburg University aims to create a campus culture that offers opportunities for increasing knowledge, awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusiveness and promotes a climate which builds upon values that welcome and nurture all members of the university community. Creating an inclusive campus environment helps to prepare students to be productive public citizens in a society comprised of people with differing national, racial, religious and cultural backgrounds.

Shippensburg University seeks to attain these goals by offering academic and co-curricular activities that address the differences that have historically divided people and have led to unjust and discriminatory practices based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, and sexual orientation and gender identity. The University also remains committed to the recruitment and retention of a broad, inclusive student body, faculty, staff and administration who represent a diverse range of interests, abilities, talent and cultures. By working to accomplish these goals, Shippensburg University will ensure that students receive an education that prepares them for the challenges of a global society with its diverse beliefs, attitudes and ways of thinking.

The concept of social equity is used at Shippensburg University to refer to a set of standards which apply to our personal and social relationships with other individuals and/or groups. These standards consist of a bundle of rights and duties which apply to members of certain "protected classes" in society. Visit the Social Equity pages to learn about important policies, events, training, and other resources.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) strives to expose students to individuals and experiences that will help them to grow, develop self-confidence, and gain assertiveness. The MSA always challenges students to learn about themselves and their cultures, and how they impact their everyday lives.

The MSA provides students with the opportunity to ask the question "Why?" - especially about paramount issues such as sexism, racism, sexuality, religious preference, and other aspects of social equity.

The Women's Center at Shippensburg University advances the equality and empowerment of woman-identified students, faculty and staff. In line with the Shippensburg University Mission Statement, the Women's Center assists students in their personal, social and ethical development through educational programs, specialized resources, celebration of achievements by and for women, and the pursuit of social justice.