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Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance

President’s Message

The world is very different than when I became the 17th President of Shippensburg University. Our campus community has always been dedicated to our core values of equity, equality, and education. We remain steadfast in our celebration of diversity. Today, let me renew our determination to welcome all and create a welcoming space for everyone just as they are.  We treat all with dignity and respect and remain committed to rectifying situations when our core values are breached. The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance is our hub for information on our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, information on the mechanics of accessing compliance resources, and information on inclusive teaching resources. Join me in continuing the Ship family tradition started 150 years ago of always moving ourselves, our campus, and society forward. 

The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance assists the university in ensuring equal opportunity and access to educational, employment and contract opportunities for all persons including students, faculty, staff and administrators. The university will make every effort to provide these opportunities to all persons regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, or veteran status. This applies to all members of the university community, all applicants for admission or employment and all participants in university-sponsored activities.

Land Acknowledgement

We are located on Susquehannock land, land that originally belonged to the Seneca-Cayuga Nation today. We remain committed to working alongside their elders and youth to restore the sovereignty of all Indigenous and First Nation peoples


Find out all the information you need about our diversity and inclusion-related programs and events. Join the vibrant and ever-evolving student organizations and groups on campus, and find out about the myriad ways in which this Ship sails.

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Diversity Calendar 

One World, One Human Race

We are all in this together, we have one Earth and one life. We have more in common as individuals than identities that separate us. How do we at Ship make the connection to our fellow brothers and sisters who are Raiders, who are on similar life journeys, who seek to know and to be known? One way to discover our common humanity is through philosophy, literature and art. Please explore the following resources to remind ourselves that we are all one, human race. Let us try to love our fellow man.

Teaching about Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion Resources

Shippensburg University is committed to creating an atmosphere of equality, free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. We will help you find resources for diversity and belonging education and teaching as well as reporting information.

Responding to Incidents that Disrupt the Inclusive Community

Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.  Title IX protects much more than gender.

Title IX Statement

Free Speech

The remedy for speech that is false, is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth. The theory of our Constitution is that the best test of truth is the power of thought . . .” (US v. Alvarez, 2012) (federal law punishing liar who claimed he was awarded Congressional Medal of Honor invalidated under the First Amendment). More Free speech information


"There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more." -Robert M. Hensel. “Disability Pride has been defined as accepting and honoring each person's uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Disability Pride is an integral part of movement building, and a direct challenge of systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability.”  Diversability Information

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