As a living and learning community, we are committed to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus that does not exclude or marginalize individuals and groups because of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, marital and parental status, disability, age, religion, geography or national origin.

We seek a campus community that reflects the rich diversity of humanity with the full participation of people who represent the breadth of human differences.

We believe these commitments are necessary to be a viable and competitive institution of higher learning in the 21st century. They are indispensable in achieving our mission of educating “undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world.”


For Students

Susquehanna has numerous clubs, groups, departments and organizations designed to connect students with their peers including:

For Employees

For employees of Susquehanna, there are a number of affinity groups and available resources including:

For the Community

Inclusivity and action don’t stop at the campus border. Susquehanna has a number of programs and initiatives targeted to supporting diversity and promoting inclusion and equity in the local community. Some examples are:


Diversity and Inclusion in Action

Our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse campus involves initiatives, programs and groups tailored to the particular strengths and challenges of the SU community and the Susquehanna Valley. By forming partnerships across campus between students, faculty and staff, as well as partnerships with the local Selinsgrove and Susquehanna Valley communities, SU dedicates time, energy and effort to affecting an environment of inclusion and acceptance.

Departments and Services

Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Find a home away from home at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion.

International Student Services

Helping students who are new to this country adjust to life in the U.S. and at Susquehanna University.

Religious and Spiritual Life

No matter your religious or spiritual affiliation, there is a community at SU for you.

Center for Academic Success

Offering individualized assistance in study skills, time management and tutoring in specific subjects.

Disability Support Services

Susquehanna University is committed to working with students who have disabilities by providing reasonable and adequate accommodations.

English Language Learners

The ELL program is an intensive academic English program designed to prepare students for the college experience.

Intergroup Dialogues

This five-session curriculum allows faculty, staff and students to use small-group format to get together to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion topics. This is done by using personal stories, developing relationships and addressing difficult topics with the same members over a semester period. Individuals who complete a five-session curriculum have the opportunity to serve as a moderator for future Intergroup Dialogues for others to participate in.

Research has shown increased levels of understanding, relationship-building and reduced levels of prejudice based on the contact hypothesis theory. For more information on how to participate, please contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence.


Inclusive Campus Events

Events throughout the year celebrate our diverse community. They include:

  • Umoja Welcome and Graduation Stoling Ceremonies — Umoja, which is the Swahili word for unity, celebrates students of color entering and leaving the Susquehanna community.
  • MLK Week — We commemorate the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually in a weeklong celebration including a Winter Convocation, a day of service and a chapel service that is open to the public.
  • Black History Month — Each year, we offer a variety of events in celebration of Black History Month.
  • Let’s Talk Lunches — The Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosts weekly Let’s Talk Lunches, where students, faculty and staff can enjoy pizza and thought-provoking discussion. Topics have included feminism, mental health, social media and microaggressions.
  • Lavender Graduation Chording Ceremony — This event honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students by acknowledging their achievements and contributions.


Additional Resources

  • Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity — As a living, learning and working community, we affirm our commitment to developing and sustaining lifetime connections with students.
  • Statement on Ethical Living — We believe that there are many ideals of ethical living centered on justice rather than mere self-interest, respect rather than hatred, and cooperation rather than aggression.
  • Non-Discrimination Statement — We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.
  • Bias Incident Reporting — Report if you or someone you know experienced an incident of bias.

From Our Alums

 

 

Malia Simon ’21

“In Hong Kong I learned the importance of the power of stories and how using your voice and truly chasing the dreams you seek your whole lifetime will take you places you can never imagine.”

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Baktash Ahadi ’05

“Studying social sciences gave me a greater appreciation and solid foundation for understanding the importance of identity, social structures, culture, economics and politics.”

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Bryan Majors ’10

“As a proud graduate of Susquehanna, with a master’s degree and my own business, I’m reaping the results of all the hard work I’ve put in.”

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Ashley Harman ’10

“The mentorship I received at SU was exactly the right mix of encouragement and tough love.”

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News From the Division of Inclusive Excellence

Announcing the Division of Inclusive Excellence

This year, the Division of Inclusive Excellence was established. The Association of American Colleges and Universities defines “inclusive excellence” as focusing on student intellectual and social development, utilizing organizational resources to enhance student learning, and recognizing how the cultural differences of others enhance the student and organizational learning.