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Commitment to Diversity at Shippensburg University

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Dr. Charles Patterson
"Throughout my career, I have been a champion of human rights, a stalwart supporter of equal opportunity to education, and a bulwark against all forms of discrimination. My door is always open to discuss new ways each of us in the community can hold each other accountable for creating a sense of belonging and inclusion on campus and beyond. Please explore the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance webpage and links for resources and information on how we can continue to grow, together, as "One Campus, Many Cultures." "
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Diversity creates strength. Shippensburg University celebrates diversity.

Ship is proud to welcome students, faculty and staff from many different national, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. By maintaining a university culture that encourages participation and inclusion, we can grow and learn from one another. We are committed to the recruitment and retention of a broad, inclusive campus community that represents a diverse range of interests, abilities, talents and cultures.

Historically, differences have divided people and led to unjust and discriminatory practices based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. That's why we offer activities, support organizations and provide resources that empower all members of the campus community.

We encourage you to get involved with the events and groups that ensure we are maintaining a genuinely inclusive campus.

Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance

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. Learn more about important policies, events, training, and other resources through the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance.

Office of Accessibility Resources

The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) coordinates accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. OAR works with other departments and university students to lay the foundation of equal educational access to otherwise qualified individuals.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

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. MSA always challenges students to learn about themselves and their cultures, and how they impact their everyday lives.

PAGE Center

The PAGE Center offers a focal point in making Shippensburg University an inclusive and supportive environment for all university community members, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer students and their allies.


Contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance

Old Main 200 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1161 Fax: (717) 477-4001