Social Equity

  • Inclusive Excellence and International Educaiton. Rising to the Challenge: Making Inclusion Matter. 2016 State System Summit Indiana University of Pennsylvania is committed to advancing social equity

    The Office of Social Equity works to assist in the creation of a campus environment that promotes diversity and values individual differences.

    We believe that diversity enriches the campus community, and we strive to understand, accept, and value differences respectfully. Download the Office of Social Equity Brochure (pdf).

    Download the Religion Resource Guidebook (pdf). This document includes information for significant dates, practices and accommodations, places of worship, and student religious organizations. It is intended to help expand understanding and strengthen relationships of the diverse religious and non-religious groups here at IUP.

    Title IX Issues

    IUP takes immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence. The university’s Title IX coordinator, Valerie Mercado, is housed in the Office of Social Equity and oversees the processes related to investigations and support, and the training of university policies and initiatives. These include: Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence, Protection of Minors on Campus, and Students of Concern.

    Conflict and Dispute Resolution

    The Office of Social Equity assists the Office of Human Resources in resolving complaints and reports of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

    Regulatory Compliance

    The office also monitors the university’s performance and behavior to ensure that it meets the regulatory standards of the federal and state governments.

    Affirmative Action Planning

    The Office of Social Equity assists in the creation of the Affirmative Action Plan. Download the 2016 Affirmative Action Report.

    Diversity Support for Human Resources

    The Office of Human Resources works in partnership with the Office of Social Equity to improve the existing faculty and staff search procedures by developing new and more creative supplementary approaches to increasing faculty and staff diversity on campus. During search committee meetings, the committee members are reminded of the importance of diversity to the educational mission of the university and are given information, strategies, and resources to help increase diversity in the applicant pool.

    Disability Resources

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. All ADA accommodation requests are handled through the Office of Human Resources. Any student in need of accommodations should contact the IUP Office of Disability Support Services.

    Access at construction sites on campus, including ADA access, can be found in the IUP Facilities Engineering and Construction news information.

    The IUP Taskforce on Accessibility Guidelines (TAG) committee recommends and implements policies and procedures on electronic information technology (EIT) accessibility. Further information, including the statement of non-discrimination, can be found on the Government's Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.


    Please refer to the IUP Diversity Calendar for a compilation of campus-wide diversity events. 

  • Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Complaint Procedures
    IUP is committed to an educational and work environment free from any form of sexual harassment or sexual violence. The IUP Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence and provides reporting procedures.
    Diversity Commissions
    Diversity groups receiving funding and program support from the Office of Social Equity are: Frederick Douglass Institute; GLBT Commission; Hispanic Heritage Council; Native American Awareness Council; Women's Commission.
    Diversity Peer Educator Program
    The Office of Social Equity is looking for ambitious, energetic, social justice advocates to become members of the Diversity Peer Educator Program. You can make a difference on campus!
    Diversity Student Council
    The Diversity Student Council is comprised of students interested in spreading awareness about diversity issues, advocating for all IUP students, and creating an inclusive campus community.
    Diversity Student Art Gallery
    Featuring the work of several Department of Art students, the newly created Diversity Student Art Gallery is representative of the office’s purpose that “everyone is welcome here and everyone belongs.” The gallery is open to all members of the campus community.